Middle East
Oil export routes – Iraq looks for a way out
14 December 2010
To meet ambitious oil and gas production-expansion plans, mainly landlocked Iraq must rapidly develop and expand export pipelines if increased output is to reach markets, writes James Gavin
Gulf producers navigate the recovery
30 September 2010
Middle East oil producers have proved time and again they have the capital, know-how and political will to be leaders of the global industry, writes Bill Farren-Price
The Saudi way
30 September 2010
By ring-fencing its oil sector from royal influence, Saudi Arabia has minted a successful template for resource-rich NOCs, writes James Gavin
Saudi Arabia's succession issues
30 September 2010
The insulation of Saudi Arabia's energy sector from royal politics stands in contrast to other areas of economic life
Iraq blocks "illegal" Kurdish gas-export deal
30 September 2010
THE GOVERNMENT in Baghdad has rejected a deal between the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Germany's RWE that would have allowed for exports of gas to Europe
Iran feels the pressure of sanctions and self-inflicted problems
29 July 2010
More sanctions make life harder for Iran. But its own disastrous economic management might have worse consequences, write Tom Nicholls and Simon Crompton
Iraq gives green light to Shell gas deal
29 July 2010
Power shortages played their part in the deal
Middle East gas shortages grow
29 July 2010
The Mideast Gulf is one of the world's most gas-rich areas, yet many of the states are suffering from shortages. The situation is worsening, and is being driven by subsidies. Miles Lang reports
Iraq: Ambitious Kurds set out growth plans
1 July 2010
THE SEMI-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) says it will boost its oil production to 1m barrels a day (b/d) by 2014 and is close to resuming oil exports following an eight-month gap
Islamic finance makes headway in the energy sector
2 June 2010
Sharia-compliant financing structures are becoming increasingly prominent in oil and gas transactions, explains James Gavin
Iraq: Kurds near oil-export deal, but federal approval still awaited
2 June 2010
OIL EXPORTS from Iraqi Kurdistan are in a position to restart, following an interim agreement between semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the oil ministry in Baghdad
Iraqi crude production targets extraordinarily ambitious
4 May 2010
IHS sheds doubt on Iraqi production ambitions
Saudi Aramco steps up oil-export programme
6 April 2010
Saudi Arabia will spend $170bn in its energy sector in the next five years as it bets on a global resurgence in economic growth and energy demand, writes Derek Brower
Politics wreak havoc with Iran's gas-pipeline plans
1 February 2010
Iran has grand plans to export gas by pipeline to Europe, South Asia and Arab Gulf states, but local, regional and international politics will hinder development, writes Digby Lidstone
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