Wright, Tim L.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Sweden

HPIn Europe: Oil products and a great machine swerved us off course?

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The local car firm, Volvo, is in crisis. It can't sell the gas-guzzling SUVs it's been making since being bought by a US car maker. It's a reminder that what people and companies do with the internal ..

HPIn Europe: Will the oil price interlude catch the world napping?

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

It looks like the new year that will soon be upon us will see a welcome sedative for policymakers and planners of the refining industry and wider economy. The year 2008, with its record energy price..

HPIn Europe: Avoiding 'the coming subsidy trap' of cellulosic ethanol

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In my last column, I wrote about my chance encounter with Ingemar Bjurenvall—a crop scientist and innovator who deplores the lack of attention paid to farming itself by the fledgling biofuels ind..

HPIn Europe: Investing in biofuels? How many farms did you buy?

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The early popularity of some biofuels in Europe has soured into a sense that they are wasteful of food resources. As long as biofuel investors continue to ignore how plants are grown on the farm, then..

HPIn Europe: As tanks roll, would Europe's T. Boone step forward?

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last month, I wrote my column on the day of the launch of T. Boone Pickens' 10-year plan for a less energy-dependent America. This was followed a week or so later by Al Gore's challenge to the US to a..

HPIn Europe: And that, sports fans, is a helluva energy plan

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Only Nixon could go to China, they said, and they meant that it would have been unthinkable for anyone but a red-baiting, right-winger to shake the hand of Mao Tse-tung. So could it be that it will no..

HPIn Europe: Cloaks, daggers and the mystery of the missing NGLs

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

I had an unsettling conversation at a conference in southern Europe recently with an American who works for a major European oil company. He's a likeable, positive guy whose role bridges term contract..

HPIn Europe: New fundamental is money flow—mantra is peak theory

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Could it be that a financially talented cadre managing fantastic swathes of wealth has not only "bought" peak oil theory, but has been investing massively in what amounts to a classic bull market sque..

HPIn Europe: Get urgent, Indian Oil chairman tells industry leaders

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Quoting Martin Luther King, J.F. Kennedy and the Bhagavad Gita, the chairman of Indian Oil Corp. said we need to urgently change the way we live—in a presentation in London that addressed peak oi..

HPIn Europe: Reluctantly hauling aboard the peak oil train

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

BP's volte-face investment in oil sands, Shell's ominous allusions to a decline in gas, all this emperor's clothes nonsense in Alberta, supermajor share buybacks and the rise of the financial players ..