Challenges and opportunities in the evolving oil market

In the coming era of high and volatile oil prices, the major winners will be the Persian Gulf producers and providers of alternate energy supplies and conservation technologies to the developed world, particularly in the transport sector. The principle losers will be the poorer and resource-poor countries of the developing world.The major oil companies will face an uncomfortable paradox. They will have huge cash flows but diminishing investment opportunities. They will struggle to increase reserves as their legacy assets are exhausted and opportunities dry up outside members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Opportunities of sufficient scale will only be available in t...

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