Author: Gerald Butt
Yemen’s collapse as an energy producer
2 March 2016
Conflict and unrest has hit the country’s oil output by more than 90% in just six years
Iran vote leaves upstream opening on track
2 March 2016
The elections damaged the hardliners and opponents of the nuclear deal. But their influence has not been eliminated and wider regional rivalries remain intact
Will Iraq fall apart as political problems continue?
12 February 2016
With Islamic State in control of large swathes of territory, Kurdish Iraq pushing autonomy and Basra itching for more money, Baghdad is losing control of its country – and its oil sector
Market turmoil hits IS-captive Iraq
10 February 2016
Spending constraints thanks to low oil prices and military expenditure are frustrating the federal government and the KRG
Saudi Arabia and Iran square up
6 January 2016
The Saudi Arabia-Iran crisis will result in prolonged sectarian tension in the Gulf and an escalation in the region's conflict. However, a deliberate military conflict between the two can be discounted
Iraq’s expansion goals under pressure from lack of investment
11 December 2015
Ambitious production expansion plans under threat as a lack of investment in southern Iraqi infrastructure disrupts progress
Hopeful Kurdish oil battles challenges in Iraq
9 December 2015
Financial and political troubles are delaying the expansion of KRG oil production
Iraq’s Ali al-Saady postpones flaring rule
18 November 2015
Economic recovery has been predicated in part on the growth of gas-fired power generation, but the lack of infrastructure in Iraq means flaring is inevitable
Kuwait expansion plans in doubt; measures being taken
19 October 2015
Kuwait announces plans to raise oil production capacity from around 2.9m barrels/day to 4m b/d by 2020
Aramco takes charge of Saudi oil policy
18 May 2015
Ali Naimi’s oil ministry will no longer be the driver of the kingdoms’ energy strategy, which will reflect broader geopolitical goals. Even the policy of maintaining spare capacity may be up for grabs
Few signs that conflict in Yemen will end soon
17 April 2015
The Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen are deepening the chaos in the country, where a full-blown civil war is under way, says Gerald Butt
Salman makes changes in Saudi Arabia
26 February 2015
Saudi Arabia’s new king has moved swiftly, putting new faces in power and retiring older ones. Ali Naimi remains oil minister, but his future is less clear
Yemen political struggle causes problems for energy sector
26 February 2015
The seizure of power by Houthi fighters leaves the country and its energy sector close to collapse
Continuity the theme as new King Salman ascends to Saudi throne
23 January 2015
King Salman has already made some changes to Saudi Arabia's leadership, but there will be few shifts in policy
Political problems threaten Iraq's oil industry
23 October 2014
Renewed war in northern Iraq leaves Baghdad desperate to expand exports in the south. It may also lead to a deal with the Kurdish Regional Government – but rejoining Opec’s quota system is not on the cards, writes Gerald Butt