Author: Gerald Butt
Saudi Arabia: LNG ahead
30 October 2017
In a reversal of strategy, Saudi Aramco is planning to import natural gas, and maintain current crude oil capacity
Full steam ahead for Egypt
24 October 2017
An expanded role for private investment in Egypt's natural gas sector will catalyse the country's drive to become a regional energy hub
KRG: Cold-shouldered
24 October 2017
As Iraq consolidates its control of recaptured land and resources in and around Kirkuk, the KRG is looking increasingly isolated
Iraq: In for the long haul
19 October 2017
The recapture of Kirkuk was swift, but the Baghdad-Erbil crisis is far from over
Reflections on the Gulf
10 October 2017
Based on personal memories, Gerald Butt evokes the atmosphere in the Gulf at the dawn of the oil boom era
Aviation fuel: Trash landings
2 October 2017
Subsidy adjustments revive BA's interest in producing jet fuel from waste
Jordan—pick and mix
28 September 2017
Jordan needs to expand its power-distribution system as it becomes one of the most advanced Arab states in developing renewables
Jordan—rocks to watts
28 September 2017
Jordan is hoping that burning oil shale to create power will be a significant step towards greater energy independence
Oman: gas gushes
26 September 2017
Natural gas production from the giant Khazzan field has begun, as Oman seeks new energy investors in a stable corner of the Gulf
Middle East NOCs under pressure
21 September 2017
Moves to privatise state energy firms in the Middle East have begun, but progress will be slow and patchy
Saudi Arabia: keeping the lid on
21 September 2017
The recent arrests of around 30 clerics and intellectuals show that the king-in-waiting won’t tolerate dissent
Lebanon: tired of waiting
12 September 2017
The country has postponed its offshore bid round deadline amid continuing domestic and geopolitical uncertainties
Fuel for the fire in Iraq
7 September 2017
The Iraqi Kurds' quest for independence, to be tested in a forthcoming referendum, will force politicians to face up to the issue of disputed oilfields
Nuclear next for Egypt
6 September 2017
The country's expanding energy mix is aimed at ensuring steady electricity supply, thus minimising the risk of social unrest
Many wings over the Gulf
30 August 2017
The GCC/Qatar crisis is only the latest and most serious case of Gulf oil producers putting sovereignty above regional integration
Alternative jet fuel slow to launch
22 August 2017
The global aviation industry is committed to long-term carbon emission cuts, but low oil prices are slowing the development of alternative types of jet fuel
Kuwait: oil on troubled waters
14 August 2017
An offshore oil spill in the Neutral Zone could complicate efforts to restart Kuwaiti-Saudi production
Egypt lays gas-hub foundations
10 August 2017
President Sisi has signed into law new gas-sector regulations expanding the role of the private sector
Yemen's oil recovery thwarted by continued conflict
28 July 2017
An attack on an oil pipeline in government-held south of the country underlines the dire predicament of its energy sector
Egypt: gas to the rescue
18 July 2017
A booming natural gas sector means a return to self-sufficiency and a chance to overcome some of Egypt's economic and social problems
Cyprus: gas falls victim to unity failure
10 July 2017
The collapse of UN-brokered talks in Switzerland to reunify the island is a setback for Cypriot offshore gas ambitions
Green light for Egypt’s renewables
3 July 2017
After several quiet years, the sector is expanding to help meet power needs
Russia is welcome in the Middle East—up to a point
3 July 2017
Arabs encourage Russia's economic advances but are wary of political ones
Iraq: more clouds ahead
30 June 2017
The future of contested oilfields is one issue bound up with Iraqi Kurds' independence hopes
Saudi Arabia gets a new next king
21 June 2017
Mohammed bin Salman will have a free hand as the next Saudi king but faces formidable domestic and regional hurdles. Oil policy is one
Arab oil states: the devil's in Opec's data
20 June 2017
The group's latest figures show Gulf oil states' earnings have plummeted, while the region's population keeps rising