The art of expecting the unexpected

“The media and the public often mistakenly see Silicon Valley as the sole developer and purveyor of game-changing technologies. But as recent years have proven, the energy sector is a hi-tech pioneer, constantly inventing, testing and improving technologies and techniques around the world,” says Rex Tillerson, chief executive of ExxonMobil, the world’s largest international oil and gas company.

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Friendly ambush in Istanbul

Russian energy minister Alexander Novak and Total chief executive Patrick Pouyanne were chatting and smiling before and after a high-profile session at the World Energy Congress in Istanbul last night.

And it is not surprising, as Total is one of the largest international investors in Russia’s oil and gas industry, including at the 16.5mn t/yr Yamal LNG project in the Arctic.

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