Category Archives: Energy

Energy and mining execs fear a special kind of political risk

Natural Resources Risk Index: Geopolitical Risk

The Natural Resources Risk Index found the risk of "creeping expropriation" most troubling to many energy and mining executives. Continue reading →

Regulatory change requires creative thinking for natural resources industries

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New SMCRA rules could considerably cut recoverable reserves of some mined materials, costing the industry billions of dollars and potentially causing the loss of numerous jobs. Continue reading →

The risk manager of the future

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Some people miss the good old days. I don’t. I’ve been around since the days when business was done on a napkin with people who were more like buddies than business partners and yes, when the deal was done, there … Continue reading →

Executive compensation in natural resources: Pay the price now, or pay more later

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One of the first things Theresa May did after becoming the new British prime minister was to promise to crack down on excessive executive pay in the U.K. by including the possibility of making shareholder votes on C-suite compensation binding … Continue reading →

Top risk for oil and gas industry: Operating in difficult physical environments

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Easily-recoverable oil reserves are a thing of the past, and oil and gas companies have little choice but to turn to unconventional sources of fuel such as shale oil and ‘fracked’ gas; and to look in places where a few … Continue reading →

Cyber-security: Energy firms must expect the unexpected

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Last December, three power companies in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine suffered a series of sudden, unscheduled power outages. Electricity supply to thousands of homes and businesses was unceremoniously cut off, leaving an estimated 230,000 people without heat or light … Continue reading →

The top risks facing natural resource companies

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On 23 June Britons voted in a national referendum to leave the European Union. In the first few days following the decision we’ve seen upheaval in both political and financial markets as the initial impact of this momentous decision begins … Continue reading →

Creating Value in an Economic Downturn – A Risk Management Opportunity?

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Everyone knows that the energy industry remains firmly locked in a major downturn – regardless of the recent slight rally in oil prices. But in these gloomy trading conditions, are there opportunities for energy industry risk managers to add real … Continue reading →

Cheapest Ever Insurance Prices: Surely That’s Good News For The Energy Industry?

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Energy companies are under the strongest of pressure to cut costs as much as possible in this challenging business environment. So no doubt they are delighted to read in our latest Energy Market Review that insurance market capacity is up, … Continue reading →

Five Areas of Real Concern for the Energy Industry

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This year the energy industry is facing possibly its greatest challenge in 50 years as oil prices plunge and inventories reach record levels.  For the foreseeable future, Capex discipline and operating cost reductions are going to be primary drivers for … Continue reading →