All articles by Marina Leiva

Marina Leiva

Marina Leiva is a senior reporter at Investment Monitor, where she specialises in the agribusiness sector. Previously, she reported on institutional investments in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal for MandateWire at the Financial Times. She started her career in Spain, covering international affairs for

Which countries are most exposed to interruption in Ukraine food exports?

Vulnerable countries such as war-torn Yemen look set to suffer the most from Ukrainian food exports halting in the aftermath of the Russian invasion.

What impact will the Ukraine invasion have on wheat prices?

Home to 25% of the world’s most fertile soils, Ukraine produces wheat that feeds many vulnerable countries, meaning the war will affect food prices worldwide.

Unctad report paints a bleak picture for global FDI

Global FDI flows are expected to continue to fall until 2022, according to Unctad’s World Investment Report 2020, with new challenges arising alongside those posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Free zones: The breeding ground for economic recuperation?

Free zones could spearhead the move to restore economic activity in their host countries in the wake of Covid-19 based on diversification, and demand and investments from abroad.

King of the ocean: the first FLNG vessel

After a decade of planning, construction of the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas facility is underway. Rod James talks to Neil Gilmour and Harry van der Velde of Shell about the technical challenges of moving offshore, the need to model for any eventuality, and the wider impact the FLNG vessel could have on global gas production.

Picture-perfect seismic imaging

Ever-improving seismic imaging techniques now make it possible to map reservoirs in more
detail than before. Paulo Johann, reservoir geophysics manager at Petrobras, talks
to Mark Brierley about these advances and what they mean for the oil industry.

Continuous R&D: a little goes a long way

Success in any industry comes from continual product development – and the oil and gas sector is no exception. Mark Brierley talks to Abdulaziz Al-Kaabi of Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) about strategic R&D investment and improving oil recovery rates using the latest advancements in nanotechnology.

Maintenance challenges of the Norwegian Continental Shelf

Statoil’s subsea pipelines criss-cross the Norwegian Continental Shelf for many thousands of miles. Therefore, the organisation needs a robust maintenance regime in place to deal with every eventuality. Åse Margrethe Odland, VP of Statoil’s Transportnet division, explains how she keeps the system flowing.

Unlock the value of E&P data

E&P data amassed by the UK oil and gas industry could be used to better understand geological formations on the UKCS. However, managing it effectively in order to extract the most useful information is a formidable challenge. Jim Banks talks to Jeremy Giles of the British Geological Survey about advances in sensing technology and how to best interpret the ever increasing volume of data.

Polar E&P: the iceman cometh

There are major questions to be answered about the survivability of rigs, storage and transport in the Arctic. Nigel Ash talks to Dr Erland Schulson of Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering about the behaviour of ice and its impact on engineered structures.