Tall, thin, copper-rich Chile can often appear an anomaly in South America. Rather than picturesque Andean highlands, kaleidoscopic indigenous groupings, ponchos and pan-pipes that draw shoals of Gap Year students from across the world, it brings to mind images of a glistening economic success story, gleaming skyscrapers in Santiago and a haven of stability among more »
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The Economist: The unsung masters of the oil industry In the cut throat business of oil extraction, oilfield services (OFS) companies are becoming increasingly indispensable, The Economist writes in a story that will tickle your inner oil geek. Oil majors like ExxonMobil and BP outsourced mundane drilling chores to technical expert OFS firms in the 1980s, but now, as oil is found in ever harder-to-reach depths of the earth's crust, demand for the snazzy technology and inventive drilling techniques pioneered by OFS firms has never been higher. It's too early to bid Exxon and BP adieu - but with production from mature oilfields falling and global demand for the black stuff rising, the industry's dependence on OFS firms is only likely to increase.