Portland Market Reports

March 2015 update

Report on London Oil Week (aka IP Week) Back in 2013, Portland described London’s IP Week as “where the great and good of the oil world convene for a “Davos style” oil event…which each year goes from strength to strength”. Read more »

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February 2015 update

IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF LOW PRICED OIL AND GAS, IS IT ECONOMICALLY DESIRABLE – OR EVEN POLITICALLY POSSIBLE – FOR ANY GOVERNMENT TO CHAMPION ENERGY SOURCES THAT MAY BE GREEN, BUT ARE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN TRADITIONAL METHODS OF POWER GENERATION? Read more »

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January 2015 update

  Predictions, predictions, predictions! 2015 is here and the normal Portland report at this time of year focuses on where the oil markets will go for the next 12 months. But is anyone really interested?! Let’s not forget that in Read more »

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December 2014 update

As voting day approached for the referendum on whether Christmas should split from the rest of December, pollsters were predicting a “too close to call” result and the resultant danger that a large number of boys and girls would not Read more »

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November 2014 update

At the beginning of this year, a so-called “expert” on oil prices predicted the following (in this publication): “punters waiting on a large-scale and immediate drop in prices [in 2014] will be disappointed”. What a plonker! Urm…hold on a minute…that Read more »

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October 2014 update

It was 20 years ago this autumn that a fresh-faced Portland started his working career at the now sadly closed Coryton refinery. Very little in early life prepares you for the world of work and in Portland’s case, absolutely nothing Read more »

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September 14 update

Firstly let’s get the partisan stuff out the way. Portland strongly believes that Britain is “Better Together” and sincerely hopes that Scots vote to stay part of Great Britain on September 18th. This view is partly forged from a lifetime Read more »

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August update

Predicting the oil price part 2… When we posted our last Oil Market Report, the World Cup was imminent and as we know now, so was England’s early exit. On the positive side though, we were able to track down Read more »

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July update

The world’s greatest football fiesta is now upon us, and for many this means arguments over how many hours of daily televised sport is acceptable, the distinct but strangely comforting smell of Panini Stickers (we still need 77, 132, 236, Read more »

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June update

Predicting the oil price part 1… A fairly frequent question asked of Portland is “which way is the oil price going?” to which the fairly frequent answer is “if I knew, why would I still be writing this bl**dy report?. Read more »

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