Author: Gerald Butt
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
Qatar steps over the blockade
20 June 2019
Two years after the economic and political boycott on Qatar, the Gulf state is pressing on with LNG expansion plans
Cyprus offshore: Turkey turns up the heat
12 June 2019
The prospects for monetising natural gas discovered off Cyprus have risen, but so has the geopolitical temperature
The long road to the rig
11 June 2019
New entrants to Aramco’s upstream arm are trained to be multi-skilled
Old facility, new lease of life in Saudi Arabia
10 June 2019
Global media attention on Saudi Aramco's bond sale and acquisition of Sabic obscures progress on routine ventures
Turkish resentment sours East Med gas mood
17 May 2019
A municipal election setback for Turkey’s governing party could trigger a more aggressive energy policy towards Cyprus
Cyprus ponders gas monetisation options
29 April 2019
New natural gas discoveries offshore Cyprus have revived the possibility of the island hosting an LNG plant
Qatar carries on regardless
29 April 2019
Nearly two years after Saudi Arabia and the UAE imposed an economic and political boycott on Qatar, the Gulf state is pressing on with LNG expansion plans
Saudi exit strategy
2 April 2019
The Kingdom faces a tough task to extricate itself from the ongoing war in Yemen
Gulf states' cooperation quest falters
2 April 2019
The GCC will struggle in 2019 to resolve the many issues that divide it and threaten its survival
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