Author: Gerald Butt
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
Qatar's foot off the brake
20 June 2017
With an eye on Iran's rapid exploitation of the shared North Field, Qatar has lifted its development moratorium
Troubled waters in the Gulf
14 June 2017
The Qatar crisis has ensured that the region can no longer boast being an oasis of tranquillity
Qatar: Out in the cold
5 June 2017
The GCC faces an unprecedented crisis as three member states politically and economically ostracise Doha
Fast-track to Saudi Arabia's throne?
5 June 2017
Recent top appointments have increased speculation about the succession, but the overall outlook for the kingdom appears stable
Saudi gain before more pain
5 June 2017
The rescinding of civil servants' pay cuts will not deflect the government from pursuing broad economic reforms