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Director of Alternative Fuels Technology at Advanced Green Innovations

I am a chemical engineer working in the energy industry. I have over 20 years of international engineering experience in the chemicals, oil and gas, and renewable energy industries, and hold several patents related to my work. I have worked in the areas of oil refining, natural gas production, ... more

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Oil Prices Could Fall Much Further As Russia Refuses Additional Production Cuts
As 2019 came to a close, oil prices were under pressure from the continued surge of U.S. shale oil.
Coronavirus Has OPEC In A Panic
The spread of coronavirus in China — the world’s largest oil consumer — is a black swan that has the oil markets reeling. Oil fundamentals looked fair a month ago, but now all bets are off.
Reinstating The Crude Export Ban Would Be A Gift To OPEC And Russia
Two years after oil prices collapsed, OPEC figured out that shale oil producers could survive longer than they expected.
Oil Bankruptcies Are Piling Up
Over the entire five-year period, 208 oil and gas producers have filed for bankruptcy since Haynes and Boone’s Oil Patch Bankruptcy Monitor began tabulating E&P filings, involving approximately $121.7 billion in aggregate debt.
Oil Prices Are Getting Slammed By Coronavirus
Oil prices have already been under pressure as a result of oversupply and slowing economic growth in China. However, travel restrictions will further reduce demand.
Energy Sector Predictions For 2020
We begin 2020 with the stock market again testing record highs. We just finished a year in which oil prices rose by more than 30%.
How Much Oil Do We Import From The Middle East?
U.S. dependence on Middle East oil has fallen, but the production of Middle Eastern oil has risen by about 5 million BPD in the past decade. So the rest of the world uses more oil from the region than they did a decade ago.
The Top-Performing Energy Companies Of 2019
Every sector that makes up the Select Sector SPDR exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that represent the S&P 500 was up at least 20% for the year — except for one.
The Top Energy Stories Of 2019
Demand growth has been slowing somewhat lately, but the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects that 2019 demand grew by 1.0 million BPD, and 2020 demand growth will be 1.2 million BPD.
Grading 2019 Energy Sector Predictions
I believed that we began 2019 with a solar energy sector that was significantly undervalued. Concerns about the impact of trade wars and tariffs were negatively impacting sentiment in the solar sector.
The Significance Of Chevron’s $10 Billion Impairment
Chevron surprised a number of people last week when it announced that it would take a non-cash, after-tax impairment charges of $10 billion to $11 billion in its fourth-quarter 2019 results.
Perceptions Give Way To Reality: ExxonMobil Cleared In Climate Change Trial
Perceptions outside of an oil company are often at odds with what is happening inside the company.
OPEC Is Running Out Of Options
Last week OPEC, Russia and other oil-producing nations agreed to additional oil production cuts in an effort to support oil prices.
The Case For ConocoPhillips
The oil and gas industry has had a rough ride since the oil price downturn of 2014. Over the past five years, the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE), which represents the largest energy companies in the S&P 500, has fallen by 25%.
Why Oil Demand Won’t Follow Coal’s Death Spiral
Since the peak in 2007, coal consumption in the U.S. has fallen an astounding 44%.
MLPs Continue Historic Losing Streak
Energy stocks have had an up and down year. But one segment of the energy sector has been unfairly punished in my opinion, even though it has been financially healthier than the rest.
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