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Venezuela: Striking It Poor

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, a sobering look at the tragic — and totally avoidable — self-destruction of one of the world’s richest oil economies: In the spring of 1959, at a secretive meeting at a yacht club in Cairo, Venezuela’s then-minister of mines and hydrocarbons, Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonso, hatched a plan to give big […]

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PDVSA Is Collapsing

Via The Financial Tribune, an article on the dire condition of Venezuela’s PDVSA: The man who ran Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA for a decade after 2004 says the country’s oil firm is on the cusp of total collapse and expects oil production to drop by 600,000 barrels per day each year amid lack of […]

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Tajikistan Resumes Building Turkmenistan-China Pipeline

Via Eurasianet, a report on the 400km route which will become the fourth strand of the Chinese-Turkmen pipeline network: Work has resumed in Tajikistan on construction work on a natural gas pipeline running from Turkmenistan to China. Deputy Energy and Water Resources Minister Jamshed Shoimzoda said at a press conference on January 30 that funding […]

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PDVSA: Once A Cash Cow, Now On Verge Of Collapse

Courtesy of the New York Times, a detailed report on the demise of Venezuela’s PDVSA: A general with no energy experience has been installed as the head of the state oil company. Arrests, firings and desperate emigration have gutted top talent. Oil facilities are crumbling, while production is plummeting. As the rest of the oil-producing world recovers on the […]

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Rosneft: Petroleum and Policy

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on Russia’s use of Rosneft, as a foreign policy instrument: Russia is increasingly wielding oil as a geopolitical tool, spreading its influence around the world and challenging the interests of the United States. But Moscow risks running into trouble, as it lends money and makes deals in turbulent […]

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Russia Agrees Significant Silk Road Projects With China

Courtesy of Russia Briefing, a report on a number of agreements signed by Russia and China related to OBOR activities: As predicted, a significant array of economic cooperation agreements were signed between Russia and China during President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Moscow. The deals include the creation of the new US$10 billion China-Russia RMB Investment Cooperation Fund, which provides access […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.