Where is the Industrial Gases Mega-merger Trail Heading?

The global Industrial Gases industry has been dominated by about 5 major players controlling more than 70% of the market.Recently, strategic business alliances have begun to augment the already heavily consolidated market towards further market consolidation. In early 2016, the number of players shrunk to four when Air Liquide acquired Airgas. Now, Praxair and Linde […]

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No Business Sense: Caspian Pipelines Will Cost 5 Times Others And Suffer Loss Of 25% Revenue

Central Asia is fast becoming a region of strategic importance because of large reserves of natural gas being discovered here and prospects of vital pipelines catering to the needs of both western and oriental worlds.  To be more precise, the country which drives this importance is Turkmenistan with its fourth largest reserves of natural gas […]

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The war against ISIS: Changing the oil landscape in the Middle East

The spotlight on recent events in the Middle East, while understandably focused on ISIS and the coalition battling it, has overshadowed the potential emergence of a Kurdish state, which would dramatically change the energy landscape in Iraq, Turkey, and, by extension, Europe. Some have observed that ISIS may control oil production. In fact, ISIS’s current […]

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Is it possible to perpetually extend the fossil fuel frontier?

In their book “Ecological Economics” Daly and Farley wrote: “We almost certainly will never exhaust fossil fuel stocks in physical terms, because there will always remain some stocks that are too energy-intensive or too expensive to recover.” Technological advances have enabled us  to continuously readjust our fossil fuel reserve forecasts, but they will eventually have […]

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Supply Chain Planning Critical to Latin American Oil & Gas Capital Project Profitability

Budgeting and controlling investment costs for Latin American oil & gas projects can be particularly tricky. If investors and owners don’t use reliable information in negotiating with EPCs and equipment suppliers, their projects may suffer from a proliferation of risk buffers and safety margins that cumulatively make them unviable. Or, even worse, they may proceed with […]

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