Author: Gerald Butt
Egypt: Clearer thinking
13 December 2017
The country has committed itself to reducing the volume of associated gas that’s flared at oilfields
Qatar—steady as she goes
8 December 2017
Qatar's oil strategy is to stem further production declines, as it tightens its economic belt and keeps the investment focus on natural gas
Qatar hits the gas
8 December 2017
Despite, or perhaps because of, the economic blockade, Qatar plans to expand LNG production by 30%
Qatar keeps calm, carries on
7 December 2017
The crisis is hurting the GCC as a whole, economically and politically, while the targeted country is hanging on
Yemen’s body blow
5 December 2017
The country’s energy sector faces yet more paralysis as its crisis deepens
Oman LNG back in top gear
22 November 2017
The start of production from a giant onshore gasfield in September has given a boost to the country's liquefied natural gas sector
Iraq—the end of the beginning
16 November 2017
Iraq's army has retaken Kurdish-controlled areas around Kirkuk in the north, while neighbouring states are considering their long-term response to the independence referendum
Iran to lead Middle East gas expansion
15 November 2017
With a focus on developing the South Pars field, Iran is set for a major expansion of natural gas production
Saudi Arabia: Royal round-up
6 November 2017
In consolidating his hold on power, Crown Prince Mohammed will have alienated dozens of senior princes
Cyprus catching up?
31 October 2017
Egypt is far ahead in the race to be the top East Med gas producer, but Cyprus is hoping it will soon move into second place
Saudi Arabia: LNG ahead
30 October 2017
In a reversal of strategy, Saudi Aramco is planning to import natural gas, and maintain current crude oil capacity
Full steam ahead for Egypt
24 October 2017
An expanded role for private investment in Egypt's natural gas sector will catalyse the country's drive to become a regional energy hub
KRG: Cold-shouldered
24 October 2017
As Iraq consolidates its control of recaptured land and resources in and around Kirkuk, the KRG is looking increasingly isolated
Iraq: In for the long haul
19 October 2017
The recapture of Kirkuk was swift, but the Baghdad-Erbil crisis is far from over
Reflections on the Gulf
10 October 2017
Based on personal memories, Gerald Butt evokes the atmosphere in the Gulf at the dawn of the oil boom era
Aviation fuel: Trash landings
2 October 2017
Subsidy adjustments revive BA's interest in producing jet fuel from waste
Jordan—pick and mix
28 September 2017
Jordan needs to expand its power-distribution system as it becomes one of the most advanced Arab states in developing renewables
Jordan—rocks to watts
28 September 2017
Jordan is hoping that burning oil shale to create power will be a significant step towards greater energy independence
Oman: gas gushes
26 September 2017
Natural gas production from the giant Khazzan field has begun, as Oman seeks new energy investors in a stable corner of the Gulf
Middle East NOCs under pressure
21 September 2017
Moves to privatise state energy firms in the Middle East have begun, but progress will be slow and patchy
Saudi Arabia: keeping the lid on
21 September 2017
The recent arrests of around 30 clerics and intellectuals show that the king-in-waiting won’t tolerate dissent
Lebanon: tired of waiting
12 September 2017
The country has postponed its offshore bid round deadline amid continuing domestic and geopolitical uncertainties
Fuel for the fire in Iraq
7 September 2017
The Iraqi Kurds' quest for independence, to be tested in a forthcoming referendum, will force politicians to face up to the issue of disputed oilfields
Nuclear next for Egypt
6 September 2017
The country's expanding energy mix is aimed at ensuring steady electricity supply, thus minimising the risk of social unrest
Many wings over the Gulf
30 August 2017
The GCC/Qatar crisis is only the latest and most serious case of Gulf oil producers putting sovereignty above regional integration
Alternative jet fuel slow to launch
22 August 2017
The global aviation industry is committed to long-term carbon emission cuts, but low oil prices are slowing the development of alternative types of jet fuel