Author: Gerald Butt
Jordan eyes Iraqi crude for expanded refinery
14 February 2018
The country has approved in principle a plan for a pipeline to import Iraq's oil
Kuwait's big energy spending plans
5 February 2018
The country is working towards raising crude oil production capacity by more than 1.5m barrels a day by 2040
BP strengthens Oman gas ties
24 January 2018
With its Khazzan field boosting Oman's liquefied natural gas output, BP has moved into marketing the fuel
Saudi Arabia—on with the lid
23 January 2018
The kingdom will experience austerity and social reform, and clamp down on corruption and dissent
Saudi Aramco mixes it up
18 January 2018
While keeping oil at the core of its operations, Saudi Aramco is looking to a greener future and preparing to import gas for the first time
Gaza gas stranded at sea
16 January 2018
Palestinians' hopes that a gas discovery made offshore 18 years ago can be developed are unlikely to be realised soon
Iraqi Kurdistan sinking fast
11 January 2018
The future of the KRI's oil sector is uncertain, with the federal government determined to bring all the country's production and exports back under its wing
Iraqi Kurdistan's wrong turn
11 January 2018
Burdened by political and economic crises at home, the autonomous region faces difficult talks with a newly confident federal government in Baghdad
Egypt's gas transmission strategy
10 January 2018
With natural gas from the super-giant Zohr field now flowing ashore, plans are in place to make distribution of the fuel more efficient and to expand wind power
Iran's oil sector unfazed by protests
2 January 2018
A lack of clarity about the origins and aims of the country's demonstrations make predictions for their outcome difficult. But, for now, the energy industry is unscathed
Saudi Arabia: Into the unknown
15 December 2017
The crown prince’s domestic and regional policies are taking the kingdom along several new and uncharted paths
Egypt: Clearer thinking
13 December 2017
The country has committed itself to reducing the volume of associated gas that’s flared at oilfields
Qatar—steady as she goes
8 December 2017
Qatar's oil strategy is to stem further production declines, as it tightens its economic belt and keeps the investment focus on natural gas
Qatar hits the gas
8 December 2017
Despite, or perhaps because of, the economic blockade, Qatar plans to expand LNG production by 30%
Qatar keeps calm, carries on
7 December 2017
The crisis is hurting the GCC as a whole, economically and politically, while the targeted country is hanging on
Yemen’s body blow
5 December 2017
The country’s energy sector faces yet more paralysis as its crisis deepens
Oman LNG back in top gear
22 November 2017
The start of production from a giant onshore gasfield in September has given a boost to the country's liquefied natural gas sector
Iraq—the end of the beginning
16 November 2017
Iraq's army has retaken Kurdish-controlled areas around Kirkuk in the north, while neighbouring states are considering their long-term response to the independence referendum
Iran to lead Middle East gas expansion
15 November 2017
With a focus on developing the South Pars field, Iran is set for a major expansion of natural gas production
Saudi Arabia: Royal round-up
6 November 2017
In consolidating his hold on power, Crown Prince Mohammed will have alienated dozens of senior princes
Cyprus catching up?
31 October 2017
Egypt is far ahead in the race to be the top East Med gas producer, but Cyprus is hoping it will soon move into second place
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