Author: Gerald Butt
Pompeo backs Saudi moves in Yemen
14 September 2018
As government forces make progress in fighting around the port city of Hodeidah, the US has indicated that it will continue backing Saudi Arabia and its allies
East Med's best is yet to come
11 September 2018
The East Med has enjoyed deep water success over recent years and there are new developments to watch out for
Ades announces major rig expansion plan
10 September 2018
The Egyptian firm, while benefiting from the country's own upstream boom, is moving into new markets
Can Greece jump on the gas-transit train?
4 September 2018
Greece hopes to exploit natural gas pipelines crossing its territory to export its own volumes to Europe
Greece presses the E&P button
3 September 2018
Plans for deep-water exploration have raised hopes of an eventual major natural gas discovery, while onshore oil development is progressing slowly
India joins aviation renewables club
30 August 2018
More airlines are starting to use alternative fuels, but still on a very limited basis
Planned Aramco IPO on hold
23 August 2018
Saudi Arabia has denied reports that the partial privatisation of Aramco has been cancelled—but hasn’t said when it will happen
US-Gulf summit hangs in the balance
23 August 2018
President Trump said in April that a postponed meeting with Gulf leaders would go ahead in September. But will it happen?
More energy reforms needed, IMF tells Egypt
20 August 2018
The Egyptian economy continued to improve in 2018, according to the organisation, but further measures are needed
Book Review: Unraveling Syria's struggles
16 August 2018
Diana Darke paints a broad picture of Syria, past and present, identifying the nation’s complex character and its remarkable endurance capacity
OMV provides faint light in Yemen gloom
13 August 2018
Austria's OMV, the first IOC to return to Yemen since the war started, has resumed limited exports
Saudi crown prince consolidates oil sector control
31 July 2018
A new committee will manage all hydrocarbons-related affairs
Oman's renaissance man faces Iran, succession tensions
23 July 2018
The sultanate’s neutrality in the increasingly tense stand-off between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicates relations with its Arab Gulf neighbours
Interview: Energean's Mathios Rigas targets East Med success
19 July 2018
Energean’s boss reveals the secrets of his small company’s achievements in the Eastern Mediterranean
Eni hopes for second Egypt gas bonanza
2 July 2018
With production from the vast Zohr offshore gasfield rising fast, Eni is to start exploring another potential play
A kingdom of change
28 June 2018
Success in introducing social and economic reforms can't hide the longer-term challenges that Saudi Arabia faces
Saudi Aramco—transition, transition, transition
26 June 2018
Saudi Arabia increases emphasis on expanding non-oil sources of energy
Aramco ploughs ahead
26 June 2018
The jewel in the kingdom's crown is concentrating on downstream joint ventures, as it awaits the IPO go-ahead
Egypt wears the East Med LNG crown
20 June 2018
With production rising fast and other East Med countries looking for markets, Egypt is hoping that its LNG plants will soon come into their own
Iraq's energy sector needs political deal
20 June 2018
Approval of plans to expand Iraq’s oil output and export capacity awaits the formation of a new cabinet, following May’s inconclusive election results
Yemen war enters dangerous new phase
13 June 2018
The Saudi-led coalition has embarked on a high-risk strategy to force the Houthis to the negotiating table
China goes for gas in Iran
5 June 2018
Beijing glimpses a Middle East energy consolidation, by replacing France's Total in South Pars gas expansion venture
Qatar's LNG drive in top gear
31 May 2018
Qatar is pushing aside all other considerations to concentrate on the LNG-production race
New rigs from old
25 May 2018
Ades chief executive Mohamed Farouk reveals his firm’s formula for offering oil companies rigs at lower-than-market rates
Iraq: let the bargaining begin
22 May 2018
As Iraq settles in for the sizzling summer heat, the political temperature looks set to stay high well into autumn and possibly winter as well
An East Med gas renaissance
17 May 2018
After years of inertia, the prospects for the region's gas finally moving towards markets are improving