Middle East
Saudis ditch WTI for Argus oil-price index
1 December 2009
Saudi Aramco will use sweet US benchmark WTI for the last time this month to value Saudi crude sales
Iraq prepares for January election
1 December 2009
Iraq's national election, which will probably take place on 23 January, is critical for a number of reasons, writes James Gavin
Pragmatism prevails in Iraq's oil sector
2 November 2009
Despite a disappointing licensing round and political opposition to private-sector investment, Iraq is making gradual upstream progress – with the help of IOCs, writes Digby Lidstone
Syria comes out of the shadows
3 August 2009
With world leaders courting Syria again, the country needs to rethink its energy ambitions, writes James Gavin from Damascus
Kurdistan production starts amid controversy
29 May 2009
Within a few weeks, another 90,000 barrels of oil could be added to Iraqi production and exports. On 1 June, the Tawke field, being developed by Norway's DNO, is set to start producing and exporting. And output should ramp up to 50,000 barrels a day (b/d) within a few weeks.
UAE buys success
1 September 2008
The UAE is extending its footprint far beyond the Mideast Gulf, writes James Gavin
Iran: Battling against the odds
1 September 2008
Iran's oil sector is producing at its highest rate since the revolution. But that does not mean things are healthy – the country's energy industry still faces a welter of problems, writes Derek Brower
Swords into shares
1 July 2008
With $1.4bn-worth of investment pledged Arab petrodollars are set to regenerate the moribund Palestinian economy, writes James Gavin from Bethlehem
Capturing the feel-good factor
1 July 2008
Senior Iraqis may still be reluctant to boast in public, but the situation in the country looks better than it has ever done in the five years since Saddam Hussein was overturned, writes James Gavin
Abu Dhabi pours petrodollars into future 'beyond petroleum'
1 March 2008
A competition for environmental leadership is emerging. One contender – willing to invest billion of dollars earned from oil and gas – is Abu Dhabi, writes Alex Forbes from the UAE