Author: Gerald Butt
New rigs from old
25 May 2018
Ades chief executive Mohamed Farouk reveals his firm’s formula for offering oil companies rigs at lower-than-market rates
Iraq: let the bargaining begin
22 May 2018
As Iraq settles in for the sizzling summer heat, the political temperature looks set to stay high well into autumn and possibly winter as well
An East Med gas renaissance
17 May 2018
After years of inertia, the prospects for the region's gas finally moving towards markets are improving
Saudis claim diplomatic victory on Iran
11 May 2018
The kingdom says Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal vindicates its long-standing regional strategy
Yemen: the lessons of history
26 April 2018
Ginny Hill's book paints the turbulent historical backdrop to the current war in Yemen
Lebanon: reconstruction or destruction?
26 April 2018
Having secured more than $11bn in international loans and grants, the Beirut government is hoping its economic plans aren't blown away by another war
Cyprus: long wait for celebration
19 April 2018
The rising prospect of East Med natural gas sales is lifting Cyprus' hopes of finding a market, despite Turkish threats
Syria: ruthless business as usual
18 April 2018
The joint US-UK-French strikes on chemicals targets in Syria won’t affect the war—but they could damage Trump's image in the region
Saudi Aramco looks far and wide
12 April 2018
The Saudi state oil company seeks new joint venture opportunities across the energy chain
Iraq considers oil export options
6 April 2018
As plans are made to rebuild its oil pipeline to Turkey, Iraq is hoping to open export routes to Iran and Jordan
Saudi economy sends mixed signals
5 April 2018
While the overall economy is picking up, Saudis are feeling the pinch from subsidy cuts
KPC—outside the political bubble
3 April 2018
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation is expanding its global footprint as it targets increased domestic oil and gas capacity
Houthis turn up the heat on Saudi coalition
28 March 2018
Saudi Arabia is considering its response after intercepting seven missiles launched from Yemeni soil
Qatar keeps on keeping on
21 March 2018
With the energy sector operating normally, the country is adjusting to life under sanctions
The Gulf stare down continues
21 March 2018
Tension between the nations is high, but war doesn't appear to be on the cards, despite escalating Saudi rhetoric
The West endorses Saudi crown prince
20 March 2018
MbS’s first visits to the UK and US as crown prince show acceptance there that he’ll be the next Saudi king. But not all Saudis are happy
Saudi options in Yemen exhausted
20 March 2018
The country's disintegration is matched by growing difficulties in envisioning a peace deal
Sisi keeps a lid on
16 March 2018
Egyptians face another four years of authoritarian rule
Egypt's gas strategy
16 March 2018
New natural gas coming on stream will boost the country's economy, in the short term
The Zohr effect
15 March 2018
Hopes are high of fresh finds in the area
Full speed ahead for Egypt's gas
15 March 2018
Eni's parallel-development method has enabled it to smash records at its mega-giant Zohr gas project. Petroleum Economist was given exclusive access to the onshore operations
The Qatar boycott: no end in sight
13 March 2018
Diplomatic efforts to end the crisis have stalled, but there's no indication of imminent escalation
Troubled waters ahead in Israel-Lebanon border dispute
8 March 2018
A maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon, and a plan by IOCs to start drilling close to the contested area, are contributing to regional tensions
Oman fine tunes
7 March 2018
With liquefied natural gas production approaching capacity again, the country is adapting to shifting market patterns
UN expresses despair over Yemen
1 March 2018
The outgoing envoy blames all sides for failing to grasp peace opportunities
Saudi Arabia: jobless on the rise
21 February 2018
The kingdom is struggling to meet its private-sector job-creation targets