Author: James Gavin
Time to build Russian-US bridges
19 April 2017
Former Russian energy minister Igor Yusufov says the new US administration will be a boon for hydrocarbons cooperation
The Mideast's gas paradox
3 April 2017
It is home to the world's biggest exporter—and also some of its fastest-growing consumers. Yet intra-regional trade remains thin
Kurdistan's lustre fades
8 November 2016
The haste for the region's assets has given way to a much more realistic view of its potential
Much achieved, but much more needed, say report
18 October 2016
Significant advances in solar, wind and nuclear have been registered, but new challenges are also emerging, according to the World Energy Resources 2016 report
China charts course to low carbon future
18 October 2016
By 2030, China will become the world’s largest economy. That has massive implications for the world’s energy outlook
Saudis keep pumps primed
13 October 2016
The kingdom is talking to other producers about curbing output, while doing its utmost to maximise its own
Iraq cobbles together an oil deal
12 October 2016
Erbil and Baghdad have struck an agreement on exports through Turkey, though many of the old problems could still ruin it
Iranian oil-output is surging, for now
20 September 2016
The scale of Iran's oil-output growth this year has been startling. Without IOCs, longer-term plans will prove more difficult
Oman production plugs on
3 June 2016
Strong output, but keeping it there is the challenge
Back to black in Qatar
3 June 2016
Having achieved its LNG output targets and focused on the downstream, Qatar is turning its attention to upstream oil again
UAE upstream standing still
3 June 2016
To judge from the slow progress of the Adco concession renewals, the UAE is in no real hurry to expand its upstream
Growth pause in Iraq
3 June 2016
Iraq’s output soared in recent years. But the price slump and politics mean further rises are getting harder
Kuwait's big plans, tricky politics
3 June 2016
Kuwait still hopes production will rise considerably between now and the end of the decade, but must overcome a number of hurdles
More and more Saudi oil
3 June 2016
Saudi Arabia has the capacity and resources to significantly increase production, should it want to
Qatari flexy time
4 April 2016
Qatar’s LNG marketing strategy has shifted. It is now cutting deals to keep its market share
For the majors, Middle East oil loses some lustre
15 March 2016
Poor investment terms, political risk and the weak oil price have made the majors less keen on the Middle East
Liquid, not solid
25 February 2016
Short of a full-on political decision to cut supply, the Middle East’s output will rise again this year
Slower than thought
19 February 2016
Politics, uncertainties over contract terms and physical constraints will cap the speed of Iranian oil’s revival
Unending conflict
10 February 2016
The course of war in Syria will go a long way to determining the wider Mena region’s fate in 2016
Will Iran's opening be slower than expected?
14 January 2016
Sanctions are about to be lifted but Iran is finding it difficult to convince foreign oil companies to invest in its ambitious oil and gas programme
IS terror attacks continue to threaten Saudi Arabia
3 December 2015
Islamic State may have the kingdom’s oil and gas sector in its sights after an attempted attack in Dhahran
Iran to adopt new contract for investors
23 November 2015
The country will present what it hopes is a more investor-friendly contractual regime, but international oil companies are still wary of close engagement with the country
UAE to invest $35bn in clean energy by 2021
8 October 2015
Energy minister's aim is to increase the share of renewable energy to 30% and to reduce that of natural gas to 70%
Iraq struggles to plug the financing gap amid low oil prices
30 September 2015
Baghdad is facing a cash crisis, while losing control of its northern oil assets
Uncertainty surrounding Israel's upstream activity
21 September 2015
Israel has sought to end years of upstream uncertainty, introducing new regulations for the development of offshore reserves, but obstacles remain
Iran's nuclear agreement could boost oil market
18 August 2015
Tehran’s mid-July nuclear agreement provides space for its re-entry into the global oil market, and for international oil companies to plant their flags back in the Islamic Republic
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