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How Much Oil Does Saudi Arabia Really Have?

The energy world is beset with opacity. Especially companies like Saudi Aramco and Gazprom (to name but a very few) are as transparent as one meter of reinforced concrete. I will quickly believe that there is still an awful lot of oil under Arabian sands, I question how economic this would be. And I don’t believe that it costs no more than USD 12 per barrel to lift it for even a second. If things...

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is a Russian trap

There is one aspect that no one seems to grasp. We all live in the perpetual belief that Russian gas will always be the cheapest there is. reality, I beg, differs strongly. Let’s not forget that to this day, the big Western Siberian fields that have been developed half a century ago provide the bulk of Russian gas. They are freebies as their development (including much of the pipes) had been paid for by Soviets. The...

NOPEC Bill to Fail if Brought to a Vote

Shooting at NOPEC now just makes them a victim. NOPEC is way more efficient in taking itself down if you leave the current market dynamics play out. They have brought this upon themselves – why throwing them a lifeline? Fitch Solutions expects the NOPEC bill to fail if brought to a vote, according to a report published by the company earlier this week. Read on …

Aramco comes out to play on an empty playground

It’s not good for a turkey to prance around before Christmas. Why is it that those with problems at home seek salvation abroad? According to Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia’s energy and industry minister and chairman of Saudi Arabian Oil Co., “the world is going to be Saudi Aramco’s playground.” If it is, then that will be partly because some others have ceded ground. Read on …

Private sector eager to utilise idle capacity at LNG terminals

People often equate unused capacity at a receiving terminal with an empty airline seat. Everything unused is a waste. That’s not necessarily the case. Traders need unused capacities in order to give their trades a default position. Operators often need to play with apparently unused capacity in order to keep the plant humming in sync with downstream requirements. It’s not as simple as some would have it. The only relevant judge can be the one...

Destination Clauses – Japan got it all messed up

Anyone who follows the current flurry of activity in the Asian LNG marketplace must be startled. The casual LNG observer might have the impression that it’s just some contractual clauses that are at the heart of the problem and that their modification – or even better their removal solves all ills of the world. That’s an almost fraudulent misrepresentation of how things really stand – and those who entertain it either don’t have a clue…



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Rudolf is in many ways a human 2.0 – very bright, good at languages, skills that cover the whole value chain of gas and the ability to question the conventional! The last is perhaps the most valuable, even if not all established “experts” want to listen. Frequently, time shows him right. His impatience is refreshing and a discussion with him is always enlightening!

Karen SundFounder and partner at Sund EnergySund Energy

I met Rudi about a year ago (2015) when I was working on LNG Procurement with Emirates LNG. I needed very specific knowledge on contracts, market mechanisms and pricing. I tried a couple of sources to get smart, but it was not until I attended Rudi’s workshop on LNG contracts and prices that I really got to the core of everything. Rudi answered all my questions in simple language that was clear and easy to understand. Since then, whenever I have any question or something I am unclear on, I ask Rudi and I immediately get an answer. Not many people achieve mastery of anything at the level that Rudi has on the Gas and LNG industry. If you need to understand, really understand, then I highly recommend Rudi’s workshop.

Saleem Alavi Captain

I first discovered a certain Rudolf Huber while he was wrapping up at Fuel Emulsions International and starting at NeXtLNG. After setting me straight on my quest for the latest innovations with Marine fuels, I knew that the “Pit Bull” deserved special notice. Aside from having a passion for the Energy Business, he also has a teacher’s ability to inspire further investigation. He ventures an opinion where others don’t dare and he does so with wit that few who follow the sector can match. Rudolf champions realistic energy choices and is not afraid of shining BRIGHT lights on the changes ahead.

James D. Shepperd Corporate Communications at ERNI

I met Rudolf at the beginning of 2011, since we were both involved and working together within several European / Scandinavian projects for the development of technology, standardisation and legal aspect in the use of LNG as marine fuel and along its supply chain. Rudolf has vast expertise in, and perspective on, different aspects of LNG technologies, suppliers, infrastructures and supply chain options. He is able to provide a deep understanding and insight into these areas and is a conscientious and diligent source. Moreover, he is a tremendous visionary on the geopolitical, trading and technology aspects of energy, with a special remark for LNG traditional and small / mid magnitude chain. Rudolf has very proactive personal and working approach and is an excellent team worker and leader. Not least, he has a unique persuasive way of writing, negotiating and delivering speeches. I would certainly recommend him as an excellent expert and believe he would be a powerful asset for any company actively working in Oil and Gas. Thank you Rudolf! Marco

Marco AndreolaOwner Principal at Andreola & Associated Consulting

I was introduced to and met Rudi in Angola when he started to develop his Sub Saharan Africa network. At the time he worked for EconGas/OMV and he tried organizing longterm LNG supply for them under the unlikeliest of all circumstances. He figured that Africa would be the only place where this would be a realistic prospect for long term uncommitted supplies of LNG. Rudi did not hesitate, started in Africa from absolute zero and spawned relationships and personal friendships with incredible speed. When I met him I didn’t know much about LNG. Today I follow the LNG news on my continent with great interest and a much clearer understanding of the LNG trade. Whenever I have a job that involves venturing into the unknown, Rudi will always be my man.

Albert NammeM.D/CEO @ eXGas, Nigeria/Deputy Chairman at Principal Energy Services (Angola)eXGas

I worked with Rudi on a key Europe-Middle East LNG supply chain transaction. He is incredibly driven and pushed the deal forward under very challenging internal and external circumstances. He is culturally astute and was able to navigate very successfully through the various subtleties within the global energy community. Also a great guy to work with!

Nomita NairCounsel at Allen & OveryAllen Overy

Rudolf is a true Business Developer. He questions everything, even his own logic and is not afraid to speak his mind. Rudolf had initiated our LNG activities in Africa and the Americas. He was THE authority to go to when issues arose in LNG but more generally when any issue the company did not know how deal with was on the plate. Rudolf is not a typical manager as we know it. He does not need a lot of structure and procedures and is extremely proactive when it comes to problem solving and making new contacts.

David BergalPortfolio Manager at Kinetrex Energy (LNG & Natural Gas)Kinetrex Energy