Author: Gerald Butt
Aphrodite feels the love
12 November 2019
Cypriot energy minister Georgios Lakkotrypis issues the country’s first exploitation licence to the Aphrodite consortium to export gas to Egypt
Domestic only—the key aspect of Aramco IPO
6 November 2019
The state energy giant’s decision to proceed with a share sale is no surprise, but the lack of an international listing is a crucial point
Lebanon’s gas hopes threatened by corruption
28 October 2019
Energy sector legislation may not prevent corruption marring any future gas discoveries, a new book says
Oil and trouble in the Gulf
24 October 2019
Gulf producers learn that regional instability no longer guarantees high oil prices
Saudi Arabia’s bear hug
18 October 2019
The kingdom is strengthening its ties with Russia as it nervously watches US political developments
Energean adapts for survival
17 October 2019
Independent oil and gas firms have no choice but to respond to environmental pressures, says the firm’s CEO
Cyprus pursues LNG import and export options
11 October 2019
In early 2020, the Cypriot government will award LNG supply contracts, while revisiting LNG export plans
Turkey turns up the Cypriot heat
8 October 2019
Cyprus hopes international pressure will stop Turkish drilling in the country's offshore
Gulf states frozen in the headlights
1 October 2019
Beset by intra-GCC tension, Gulf states are dithering in the face of the Iran crisis
Saudi Arabia picks up the pieces
27 September 2019
Saudi Arabia faces a variety of challenges emanating from the attacks on its oil installations
An oilman not of oil
22 September 2019
A new biography of Calouste Gulbenkian portrays him as a formidable behind-the-scenes fixer, rather than a fuel fanatic
Saudis opt for words not weapons
20 September 2019
The kingdom sees Iran's hand behind the recent attacks but is holding fire for now
Turkey tucks into bargain US LNG
13 September 2019
Russian pipeline imports are flexed lower in an effort to profit from LNG supply glut
Prince Abdel Aziz takes the Saudi energy helm
9 September 2019
A new ministerial appointment may indicate growing Saudi impatience with its Opec+ allies
Falih moved aside as Aramco IPO looms
5 September 2019
Saudi oil giant's chairman exits as preparations for a partial sell-off limber up
Zohr soars, Nour not sure
30 August 2019
Eni has said nothing, but early optimism about the extent of the Nour gas discovery has faded
Dangerous dance in the Gulf
20 August 2019
The US and Iran have thus far reacted to a string of provocative moves more in word than deed, but the potential for miscalculation is high
Aramco sends off IPO signals
13 August 2019
The company boosts key investor metrics, suggesting it has renewed its appetite for an IPO
Yemen compromise pressure grows on Saudi
13 August 2019
Potentially wavering support from a key ally and the need for Strait of Hormuz alternatives may force the Kingdom's hand
Gulf gas: clouds of confusion
9 August 2019
Individual GCC states have settled on convoluted ways of distributing natural gas due to a lack of cooperation
Fine words fail to camouflage East Med challenges
1 August 2019
Geopolitical problems and surging global LNG output mean that East Med gas reserves will struggle to reach markets outside the region
Immediate threat to Gulf oil flow lifted
23 July 2019
The UK and Iran have shown that they do not want the seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker to be the trigger for an armed conflict
Yemen accord signals first step towards restarting LNG
16 July 2019
A UN-brokered deal to bolster the ceasefire around the port of Hodeida improves chances of ending the four-year-old conflict
The East Med: Trouble in paradise
4 July 2019
Overlapping claims of sovereignty in the waters off Cyprus—and conflicting premises and perceptions—add a note of uncertainty to the island’s gas development ambitions
Energean acquires Edison E&P
4 July 2019
The deal expands Energean’s footprint in the Mediterranean, giving it assets in gas-rich Egypt and Algeria for the first time
Kuwait and Iraq seek to defuse Iran crisis
20 June 2019
The states depend of the Strait of Hormuz for their oil exports and vital oil revenue