Author: Gerald Butt
All change in Kuwait's energy sector
13 March 2019
Kuwaiti energy officials are hoping that the recent wholesale shake-up of senior management will herald a calmer future
ExxonMobil gas discovery boosts Cyprus’ energy hopes
28 February 2019
The find may revive interest in establishing an LNG plant on the island
Lebanon's energy sector relieved at government formation
8 February 2019
With a new cabinet in place, offshore operators will feel more comfortable and a new bid round can proceed
Oman goes for more gas
1 February 2019
BP and Eni are cooperating in a new search for gas close to the successful Khazzan project
East Med presses upstream buttons
24 January 2019
Six Eastern Mediterranean states will be drilling for hydrocarbons in 2019, but, as always, the politics is complicated
Getting Saudi Arabia back on track
18 December 2018
Saudis want the world in 2019 to refocus on economic investment, after unwelcome and distracting publicity
Qatar’s Opec exit a sign of rising intra-Gulf tensions
5 December 2018
The Gulf state’s departure will not damage Opec’s operations, but will cement intra-Gulf divisions
Saudi Arabia focuses on picking up the pieces
29 November 2018
Saudi Arabia needs to restore its image and keeping its economic reforms on track
Gulf economy planners face 2019 challenges
16 November 2018
Uncertainty over oil prices is creating problems for GCC states as they prepare budgets for the year ahead
IOCs stay committed to south Iraq
16 November 2018
IOCs are pushing ahead with plans for output expansion—and the phasing out of flaring—despite Basra violence this summer
Iraq wrestles with water supply dilemma
13 November 2018
Iraq’s goal of increasing southern crude oil output could be stymied by a shortage of water—a critical issue for the country as a whole
Interview: Convincing Europe to embrace nuclear power
26 October 2018
Tim Yeo faces an uphill struggle in trying to persuade Europeans to think nuclear
Iran sanctions: Tehran is no stranger to oil's upheavals
25 October 2018
US sanctions will target Iran’s energy industry from November. But the country where the first Middle Eastern oil discovery was made has faced many past vagaries in oil fortunes
Saudi Arabia hoping 'business as usual' strategy holds
24 October 2018
Although some prominent figures stayed away from a major investment conference in Riyadh, the meeting went ahead with many global firms represented
More majors back green moves
25 September 2018
The signing up of three top US energy firms gives a boost to an industry-led climate-change initiative
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