Expert Insight

Steve Hill, Executive Vice President, Gas and Energy Marketing and Trading, Shell
The world has a growing population, increasing from 7 billion to 9 billion people by mid-century, with a higher expectation and affordability for their quality of life. Of these 9 billion people, more than half will live in Asia.
Martin McAspurn-Lohmann, Head of Oil & Gas and Utilities, Santander Corporate and Investment Banking
It is not a secret that the oil & gas industry is currently unable to fund its large capex programmes and cover dividends via organic cash flow generation. Santander estimate that in 2015 the large IOCs alone have had a cash flow gap post M&A of over US$45 billion to fill, which has been mostly done via the bond markets and internal liquidity.
Oliver O’Donnell, Analyst, VSA Capital
Western investors have become increasingly concerned over China in recent months as headline growth has slowed and commodity prices have fallen sharply. However, VSA Capital recognises the challenges of rebalancing the Chinese economy from an investment led model to one driven by domestic consumption.
Marc Anis-Hanna, Oil & Gas Analyst, VSA Capital
The North Sea has been vital to the health of the UK economy since drilling first began in 1975. It has produced more than 43bn barrels of crude and has provided a steady stream of revenue for the government.


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