Middle East
Small fry in big oil
1 May 2006
"Only a handful of mavericks will work in Iraq," says Petrel Resources' David Horgan. He is one of them. Interview by Tom Nicholls
Revolution from above
1 January 2006
According to locals, oil in the Middle East has been more of a curse than a blessing. Is Qatar learning from the region's mistakes? Ayesha Daya reports from Doha
Iraq: IOCs welcome
1 January 2006
Energy policy
1 January 2006
Iraq: The spoils of war
Unbuilding a nation
1 January 2006
DNO has begun exploring for oil in Iraq – the first company to do so since the US-led invasion. The Norwegian firm's investment is not just high-risk because of the security situation, but also because of the unsound legal regime. And because it has been agreed with a regional authority, it may further hinder attempts to rebuild the country, writes Ayesha Daya
Resurrecting old links
1 January 2006
Ceaseless pipeline attacks have prevented a smooth flow of crude exports from Iraq. Although alternative pipelines do exist, making them operational often depends on politics, writes Ayesha Daya
Borderline decision
1 November 2005
The signing of a gas-supply deal sending Qatari gas to Oman, through the UAE, heralds a new era for energy co-operation in the Mideast Gulf. James Gavin reports
Business as usual
1 November 2005
No matter who becomes oil minister, engagement with the US and Europe is the only way of reversing Iran's energy-sector decline. Ayesha Daya reports
Lowered horizons
1 July 2005
IBRAHIM Bahr al-Ulloum, the Iraq transitional government's new oil minister, took office in early May with an optimistic message about the prospects for the country's oil industry. The new motto would be to "boost production and battle corruption". James Gavin reports