Author: Gerald Butt
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
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