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South Stream: Still a Mere Pipe Dream?

Via Stratfor (subscription required), a detailed report on the recent agreement between Gazprom and Italy’s energy giant ENI on the development of the South Stream natural gas pipeline.  Despite this step forward, there remain – as the article notes – significant political and logistical hurdles to be overcome: “…South Stream, originally proposed by Italy and […]

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Gazprom Gains Control and ENI Exhales With Relief

Via Stratfor (subscription required), analysis of Gazprom’s $4.2 billion acquisition of the 20 percent stake in Gazprom Neft held by Italian energy giant ENI.  As the article notes, the original purchase by ENI was never intended to result in a permanent stake in Gazprom Neft, but rather to help Gazprom fight off a challenge from […]

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Italy, Russia: Together In Tripoli

Via Robert Amsterdam’s fine blog, an interesting analysis of Italy’s ENI’s efforts to penetrate the Libyan market in partnership with Gazprom.  As the article notes: A few days ago, the CEO of the Italian energy group Eni told everybody he felt calm and “serene” with regard to Gazprom’s decision to cut off all gas flowing […]

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Libya Pursues Eni

Via The Wall Street Journal, a report that Libya’s state-run energy fund plans to acquire a minority stake in Italian oil and gas company Eni SpA and might push for representation on Eni’s board.  According to the article: “…In a phone interview on Sunday from Tripoli, Shokri Ghanem, head of Libya’s National Oil Co., said […]

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Big Goals for Iran’s First Private Oil Producer

Via Shana, news that Arvandan Oil and Gas Co. was busy setting up the first private oil producing company in Iran.  What struck me most about the report was the rather audacious production goals this new venture is reported to have set, namely to “…produce seven percent of the world’s oil, to be the world’s […]

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An Iranian Exploration Deal With Italy

Via Shana (Iran’s Petroenergy Information Network), news that the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and Italian company Edison SpA signed a contract on the exploration of Dayyer Block, an 8,500 square kilometer area that comprises one of 17 offshore blocks in the Persian Gulf. Edison will invest $107 million dollars in the exploration.  According to […]

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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.