Author: Gerald Butt
Baghdad blurs the picture
23 January 2017
Iraq wants the deal to work. But that may not translate into an actual drop in supply
What happens when Mosul falls?
7 December 2016
The battle for the city is the prelude to wider struggles for political influence in the region and control of northern Iraqi oil production
Full speed ahead for Kuwait
6 December 2016
Kuwait is on the road to boosting oil-production capacity to 4m b/d, but lifting fuel subsidies will be trickier
Saudi Arabia - shifting sands
24 November 2016
The end of Saudi Arabia's market-share strategy and efforts to restructure its economy – while keeping subjects happy – make 2017 a pivotal year for the kingdom
Oman - against the odds
11 November 2016
Oman hopes to sustain oil production by refocussing its upstream strategy, developing new technologies and securing international financing
Fragility in Iraqi oil
4 November 2016
Iraq is heading towards 2017 overwhelmed by security, political and economic uncertainties, any of which could negatively affect the oil sector
Strangled development in Gaza and Lebanon
3 October 2016
Lebanon and Gaza both hold commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. But regional politics are still stifling progress
The Aphrodite plan
3 October 2016
Cyprus is desperate to export gas. But until more is found, piping it to Egypt is now the main idea, says energy minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis
Expectations muted in Cyprus
3 October 2016
Cyprus had great hopes for its gas. But the global glut means it will for now remain an importer rather than an exporter
Israel's time to deliver
3 October 2016
Israel may at last start to put its plentiful offshore gas discoveries to use, domestically and regionally
Egyptian gas’s second coming
3 October 2016
Zohr is speeding ahead quickly. Does it herald a new era for the region’s energy?
In Aramco's footsteps
14 September 2016
Kuwait's government wants to follow Saudi Arabia's and sell off some state energy assets. The move will face opposition
Newer face, older problems
14 September 2016
A new energy minister will try to end the stagnation in Algeria's upstream
Iraq’s oil in the maelstrom
6 September 2016
Against the background of fiscal constraint imposed by low global oil prices, Iraq's oil and gas industry has become a victim of IS violence and a dispute among politicians in Baghdad that is paralysing the federal government
Light in the darkness for Yemen?
27 July 2016
Yemen’s energy sector is trying to emerge from al-Qaida’s rule and a broader civil conflict. It is a slow process
Turkey’s energy-hub plans at risk
26 July 2016
The coup has not affected oil and gas flows, but the purge and new instability will expose the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline to more danger and hurt Ankara’s broader import-export project
Making the desert bloom
13 July 2016
Unable to rely on neighbours’ supplies, Jordan wants renewables, gas and kerogen to secure its energy
Waning Algeria
8 July 2016
Hit hard by the oil-price collapse, Algeria’s energy sector and economy are struggling with political inertia, giving investors little to cheer
Chopping up Saudi Aramco
3 June 2016
Selling part of the state-owned firm will be just the start of a broad divestment project that turns the firm into a huge holding company
Saudi Vision 2030: take it seriously
3 June 2016
The plan aims to transform the kingdom. It won’t be easy, but no one should doubt the commitment
Business as usual for the Saudi economy
3 June 2016
Whatever Mohammed bin Salman says, oil will remain central to the Saudi economy for the coming years
Saudi Arabia's revolutionary vanguard
3 June 2016
Deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is the face of the new Saudi Arabia. But who else is running the kingdom?
The kingdom's new oil chief
11 May 2016
Khalid al-Falih is now the man who will oversee the sweeping strategic changes underway in Saudi oil and energy policy
Plain sailing for Gulf offshore
29 April 2016
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are pressing on with offshore drilling activity despite the slump
Gloom falls on Kurdish oil
28 April 2016
Iraq’s autonomous northern province had bold energy plans, but mounting debts, conflict and subterranean trouble are taking their toll
Algeria’s deepening energy problems
13 April 2016
Insecurity, economic malaise and uncertainty about the presidential succession are hindering the country’s oil and gas sector