Author: Chris Stephen
Iran seeks to read Trump's mind
16 September 2019
The devastating attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil sector have left the kingdom and its allies dazed
EU hopes against hope on Iran
29 August 2019
President Emmanuel Macron of France has offered himself as a broker in the US-Iran Gulf standoff, but the chances of an agreement are small
Iran plays naval cat-and-mouse game in the Gulf
5 August 2019
Western military protection for its tankers is expanding, but unconventional tactics remain a threat
Tankers improvise to avoid Gulf tensions
2 August 2019
Tankers are crossing sea-lanes and hugging the coasts to avoid high-risk areas in the Strait of Hormuz
Morocco prioritises world's largest solar plant
1 August 2019
Project is the centrepiece of a strategy that promises to generate more than half of its electricity from renewables by 2030
Libya's Sharara restarts after brief force majeure
24 July 2019
The fate of the Sharara field has become entwined with a campaign for better basic services for the inhabitants of southern Libya
Libya sends out warning signs
13 June 2019
Uncertainty over the fate of Tripoli and recent statements by the government there are sending negative messages to IOCs
Waiting for the dust to settle in Algeria
23 May 2019
Political turmoil is unsettling Algeria’s energy sector and its IOC investors
Libya's oil fields fall into Haftar's hands
3 April 2019
The latest military moves leave the government in Tripoli increasingly under siege
Eastern forces expand Libyan energy sector grip
5 March 2019
Warlord Khalifa Haftar has captured the country's largest oil field, putting a new question mark over the fragile oil recovery
Egypt lures in IOCs
28 February 2019
The cornerstone of the country's energy reforms aims to tempt foreign firms wary of setting foot in the Egyptian market
Egypt's gas paradox
28 February 2019
Importing gas may seem counterintuitive, but a deal to do just that is part of the country's gas renaissance
Egypt's gas gold rush
28 February 2019
February's oil and gas conference in Cairo attracted firms from around the world for one simple reason: Egypt's gas sector is booming
Libya's stepping stone to normality
18 January 2019
Eni leads a return to oil exploration in Libya for the first time since the 2011 Arab Spring revolution
Militant conflict to constrain Libya's oil resurgence
10 January 2019
The oil recovery will continue, if the civil war and political spats allow it
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
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