Author: Chris Stephen
One step forward, two back in Libya
5 October 2018
An IS attack on the Tripoli HQ of Libya’s battered oil industry has presented the sector with its sternest test yet
Conflict cripples Libya's oil sector
3 July 2018
The latest battle for Libya’s key oil ports—the fourth in as many years—leaves vital infrastructure destroyed and the country’s production recovery in jeopardy
Total's new MENA adventures
8 May 2018
The company is set to benefit from shale in the Middle East despite having shunned it elsewhere
Algeria's expansion strategy
12 April 2018
The country's energy sector has big ideas for the future—if the creaking political establishment will approve them
Libya's oil output restrained
28 March 2018
Investment is needed to boost production capacity
Libya's seesawing oil production
2 March 2018
The head of the country's National Oil Corporation is succeeding in pushing output higher against the odds, only for its ubiquitous militias to push it back down again
Mifid II ensures all change for energy firms
2 January 2018
There's plenty for companies to mull over in the latest European directive aimed at cleaning up the financial sector
Libya's meddling militias
14 November 2017
Violence and political disputes are preventing Libya's oil production settling back to pre-conflict levels
How much longer can Libya's NOC defy political gravity?
26 September 2017
Output has soared and the state firm is targeting another 30% increase by year-end. Politics remains the big obstacle
Algerian change—again
8 August 2017
A lack of leadership continuity in Algeria's energy sector is a product of the FLN's struggle to retain political power
More work to do for Algeria
4 August 2017
A new energy minister and a new Sonatrach investment plan are still not enough to make Algeria attractive to IOCs
Eastern Libya tries to wrest control of oil supply again
15 June 2017
NOC output growth plans threatened by renewed dispute
Libya's unending oil war
10 April 2017
As the latest battle in the Sirte basin shows, Libya's output recovery remains hostage to the country's politics
Libya's east ups the ante
10 April 2017
Haftar's recapture of the oil crescent and the GNA's disintegration have prompted renewed efforts by Tobruk to sell its own oil
Deepening conflict in Libyan oil heartland threatens output
7 March 2017
Islamic militias widen their influence, endangering production
Libya's political chaos deepens
14 February 2017
An Islamist militia attack on the Sirte Basin was repulsed. But more conflict looks likely
Will rising Libyan oil production ruin the Opec deal?
16 January 2017
Exempt from the cuts, the country could still help decide their success or failure
Libya’s oil war flares up
12 December 2016
NOC’s plans to lift output are under threat after renewed fighting in the Sirte basin
Libya - only the brave
8 December 2016
Libyan oil-output growth will eventually need the return of foreign firms
Tunisia struggles on
7 December 2016
A fresh energy minister and new discovery offer glimmers of light
Does Libya still hold opportunities for IOCs?
19 September 2016
The end-July deal to reopen the ports should be good news for investors. But convincing them to return may take time
Oil crescent endgame
19 September 2016
The political disintegration since 2014 has led inexorably towards a final battle for control of Libya's commanding heights
A fractured oil sector
19 September 2016
Years of civil war and terror have severely damaged Libya's energy capability. A recovery faces many hurdles
Libya's oil war starts
14 September 2016
The east's capture of four ports gives it a huge victory in the battle for the country. Oil exports may rise and the conflict could deepen
Libyan oil unity?
8 July 2016
A deal to unite the eastern and western NOCs could lift output quickly – or crumble in a battle over revenue
No end in sight in the war for Libya’s oil
25 May 2016
Production and exports have collapsed and may fall further. The country may be split in two. Oil is at the centre of the zero-sum conflict
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