Author: Victor Kotsev
Lebanon targets gas and aid
26 October 2020
The crisis-hit nation dreams of better diplomatic relations to help boost its crippled economy and unlock a gas bonanza. But dreams they may remain
East Med pipeline: maybe someday
18 August 2020
Studies on the possible route may be under way, but if the project materialises at all, it is unlikely to be on an ambitious schedule
Cyprus eyes natural gas era
15 August 2020
LNG imports are a first step. Exports and bunkering may come next
China holds the cards in US-EU poker
15 July 2020
As the US shale industry struggles, energy sanctions targeting China are unlikely
Battlefield China in Russo-Saudi tussle
10 July 2020
Russia and Saudi Arabia have largely buried, rather than settled, their issues. China is a microcosm of the ongoing tension
The Kazakh Lion in winter
2 July 2020
Kazakhstan’s former long-time leader is approaching a landmark birthday. But he is resisting any temptation to mark it with a comeback
Nuclear faces its own energy transition
18 June 2020
The fuel may appear to be in terminal decline, but it remains the focus of Great Power competition, suggesting it is not dead yet
Israel may see Turkish rapprochement logic
26 May 2020
A break with its erstwhile East Med allies is unlikely, but a Turkish solution to Israel’s gas export conundrum could appeal
Saudi Arabia braces for impact
13 May 2020
The kingdom may have to pay a steep price for its efforts to reassert leadership in oil politics
Saudi Arabia’s pyrrhic oil war triumph
24 April 2020
The kingdom may consider it has prevailed over Russia and US shale producers in the short-term, but its longer-term prospects are clouded in uncertainty
Russia’s hand: weaker than it seems
8 April 2020
The devaluation of the rouble has been seen as insulating Russia during any sustained price war. But it may not be sitting as comfortably as thought
Bahrain mulls asset sale as cash crunch bites
10 March 2020
Manama may seek to sell non-producing assets in order to mitigate the severe shock of falling oil prices, experts say
Sub-$30 Brent looming on Opec+ tension
9 March 2020
Wide differences in strategy, breakeven prices and national finances all contributed to failure to agree production cuts in face of US shale competition and sagging demand
Opec+ talks failure highlights virus uncertainty
6 March 2020
Uncertainties over the economic fallout of the coronavirus epidemic a harbinger of more short-term volatility
Bright outlook for Middle East LNG bunkering
25 February 2020
Oman and the UAE are leading the way as the region catches up to a shipping industry revolution spurred by low gas prices and tighter marine fuel regulations
Uncertainty clouds Jebel Ali gas optimism
18 February 2020
The discovery could have far-reaching ramifications for Emirati and regional gas markets, but there is a risk of jumping to premature conclusions
A long way to go for Aramco
14 January 2020
The successful initial domestic listing of Saudi Aramco cannot disguise potential challenges—not least security and geopolitical threats—facing the IPO further down the line
Aramco IPO part of a bigger plan
15 November 2019
The Saudi state-owned producer is aiming for a formidable network of midstream and downstream assets
Saudi Arabia in the firing line
23 September 2019
The oil facility attacks highlight potentially fatal vulnerabilities in Saudi Arabia’s critical infrastructure