Middle East
ExxonMobil blows Iraqi oil politics apart
11 November 2011
What does the supermajor’s oil deal with Kurdistan mean for Iraq?
Johnny West's book on understanding the Arab Spring
23 September 2011
Johnny West’s book gives a street view of why a region erupted. It’s an essential guide to North Africa’s Berlin Wall moment
Syria: Drilling for oil while Hama burns
19 August 2011
Maintaining the status quo in Syria’s oil industry is not an option while the Assad regime uses this critical resource to suppress protest
Fuel on the Fire book: The war for Iraqi oil beyond the cliché
9 August 2011
A new book about the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath should trouble even the most ardent liberal interventionist. Author Greg Muttitt talks to Derek Brower
Glencore embroiled in South Sudan oil-export row
22 July 2011
An oil deal struck between South Sudan’s state-owned producer, Nilepet, and international commodities broker Glencore is at the centre of an internal struggle for control of the fledgling nation’s exports
Continuity vital as two Sudans prepare to talk
21 July 2011
Pagan Amum will continue as South Sudan’s chief negotiator in talks with Omar al-Bashir’s government over oil-infrastructure access, despite resigning from a key post in the post-independence government
Oil production grows as Kurds hit the on-switch
14 July 2011
With Kurdistan pumping 250,000 barrels a day (b/d) of oil and exporting three-quarters of that volume, Iraq’s north is emerging as the Middle East’s fastest-growing hydrocarbons player
Syria: Oil sanctions on the horizon
7 July 2011
Syrian opposition efforts to cut a big funding lifeline to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime may be about to yield fruit
Israel drills for energy security amid political troubles
1 July 2011
Politics and geology are aligning to speed development of Israel’s new natural gas wealth
Oil sector feels strain as Yemen’s Saleh clings to power
23 May 2011
Yemen was riven with political strife long before the Arab Spring lapped up on the country’s shores
EXCLUSIVE: Libya rebels spurn Ghanem
17 May 2011
Libya's rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) will not welcome Shokri Ghanem into the rebel east, despite his defection from Muammar Qadhafi’s regime, a source inside the TNC told Petroleum Economist today
EXCLUSIVE: Qadhafi sourcing fuel from Turkey and Italy
17 May 2011
Italian and Turkish fuel is still being shipped to government-controlled western Libya, providing Muammar Qadhafi's regime with fuel to sustain its war effort against rebels in the east
EXCLUSIVE: Qadhafi frantic for fuel to sustain war effort
16 May 2011
Western Libya crude output halted; Regime seeking trade
Iraq’s reality check for oil production targets
13 May 2011
Reality is slowly dawning in Iraq of the implausibility of meeting even half of the 12 million barrels a day (b/d) of oil production the country is targeting by 2017
EXCLUSIVE: Oil blow for Libya's rebels
11 May 2011
Misla and Sarir shut in "indefinitely"; Insurgents claim Qadhafi busting sanctions
West throws cash lifeline to Libya rebels
5 May 2011
International Contact Group set to siphon Qadhafi funds to TNC
Energy markets jittery on Bin Laden death
3 May 2011
Crude prices volatile of fears of supply disruption; LNG takers face no serious threat
Bulls lock horns over oil prices
27 April 2011
Libya is buoying the oil price, but a peak may be nearing
Kurdistan confronts enemies within and without
13 April 2011
Kurdistan faces many obstacles as it seeks to realise its untapped oil and gas potential
Middle East unrest threatens global chaos
31 March 2011
Faltering autocracies have failed to provide a coherent response to Middle East protests, risking wider destabilisation and endangering the global economy
A perfect storm in the Middle East as protests continue
24 February 2011
Backing dictatorships is a cynical strategy, but a policy designed to preserve the steady flow of oil from a volatile region may end up doing the opposite
Libya on the brink as protests sweep across Mena
24 February 2011
Anti-government protests are sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East, bringing uncertainty for oil and gas investors and markets
Iraq backs down over Kurdish PSAs
24 February 2011
Prime minister Nuri al-Maliki has pledged to honour the PSAs Kurdistan struck with foreign players. The region could be on track for an oil boom
Kurds upbeat over new Iraq oil-export deal
28 January 2011
KURDISTAN may be on the verge of a breakthrough in persuading Iraq's central government to agree to the resumption of oil exports
BP, in Iran-sanctions spotlight, shuts UK Rhum field
14 December 2010
Rhum will remain shut in, BP says, "pending clarification from the UK Government on certain aspects of the new EU regulations concerning restrictive measures against Iran"
Iraq moves towards political stability after deadlock
14 December 2010
After months of deadlock, the world's most ambitious oil producer is edging nervously towards political stability, writes James Gavin