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Business Analyst Ecoslops

I am former student of ESCP Europe Business School where I graduated with an MSc in Energy Management. I worked for the French utility company SUEZ and I am currently working for Ecoslops, a...

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  • May 13, 2020

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This publication aims at providing a clear understanding of the coronavirus crisis over the global economy, the oil sector and the overall energy industry. 

A first section is reviewing how the Covid-19 passed from a local health issue in China to a global pandemic, affecting the economy, supply chains, the demand side and the global trading system. Key metrics are provided to understand the depth of the crisis and for how long should countries be affected in terms of GDP and growth. 

A second section is fully dedicated to the oil market, assessing the different events which affected the oil industry in the first quarter of 2020. 

A third section is discussing the future environment for oil, in terms of consumption, production and price. The future outlook for other sources of energy, such as natural gas, coal and electricity with a focus on renewables is also analyzed. 

A last section is reviewing how the crisis affected the African economy and how the turmoils in the oil sector deprived some oil producing countries from a necessary revenue to fight the coronavirus. An analysis concerning the African health sector is also provided through this publication. 

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Matt Chester on May 13, 2020

Thanks for sharing, Edouard. Are there specific lessons to be learned about how the oil industry should be more robust in the future should unexpected events like this happen again?

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Edouard Lotz on May 16, 2020

That's a good question Matt. Well it seems that indendent upstream oil companies are the most heavily exposed to oil volatility as they are only offering oil to the market. I think that one of the best way to mitigate oil prices uncertainty is to diversify into other activities. Instead of being just an oil company, the idea would be to transform into an energy company, offering also gas and power (renewable) solutions, such as Shell, BP and Total in Europe.

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