Middle East
Will Iraq’s federal government survive?
20 April 2016
Years of mismanagement and corruption are catching up with the Iraqi government. Prime minister Heider al-Abadi’s administration is hanging on by a thread
Oil prices and Naimi chill the Houston air
9 March 2016
The great and the good of the industry gathered in Texas for IHS Ceraweek. It wasn’t a happy affair
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
Slower than thought
19 February 2016
Politics, uncertainties over contract terms and physical constraints will cap the speed of Iranian oil’s revival
Iraqi oil sector: Fighting against all odds
12 February 2016
Iraq’s myriad troubles will not stop its crude output from growing again in 2016, says oil minister Adil Abdul al-Mahdi
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
Is oil really financing IS?
10 February 2016
The terror group’s crude production, trade and revenue have been vastly over-estimated argues Luay al-Khatteeb
Unending conflict
10 February 2016
The course of war in Syria will go a long way to determining the wider Mena region’s fate in 2016
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
Indonesia’s lucrative market for Opec
21 January 2016
Jakarta wants to clean up its energy sector and hopes big Mideast exporters take up the investment opportunities it creates
Saudi Arabia’s new broom reaches its energy prices
18 January 2016
The partial lifting of fuel subsidies included in the kingdom’s 2016 budget represents a change to the assumptions on which the economy is based, and could eventually prompt calls for greater public representation
Will Iran's opening be slower than expected?
14 January 2016
Sanctions are about to be lifted but Iran is finding it difficult to convince foreign oil companies to invest in its ambitious oil and gas programme
Saudi Arabia far from economic crisis, says crown prince
13 January 2016
Muhammed bin Salman gave an interview with The Economist this month - here's what Petroleum Economist picked out
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
Hopeful Kurdish oil battles challenges in Iraq
9 December 2015
Financial and political troubles are delaying the expansion of KRG oil production
IS terror attacks continue to threaten Saudi Arabia
3 December 2015
Islamic State may have the kingdom’s oil and gas sector in its sights after an attempted attack in Dhahran
Iran to adopt new contract for investors
23 November 2015
The country will present what it hopes is a more investor-friendly contractual regime, but international oil companies are still wary of close engagement with the country
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
Two major fields reopen in Libya as disputes are settled
23 October 2015
State firm NOC says it can recover output quickly and add to capacity, but some believe the country’s political disintegration makes this unlikely
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
Iran touts new contracts and talks up output plans
8 October 2015
Iran will add at least 500,000 barrels/day to production “within a few months” of sanctions being lifted
Iraq struggles to plug the financing gap amid low oil prices
30 September 2015
Baghdad is facing a cash crisis, while losing control of its northern oil assets
Uncertainty surrounding Israel's upstream activity
21 September 2015
Israel has sought to end years of upstream uncertainty, introducing new regulations for the development of offshore reserves, but obstacles remain
Iranian government pessimistic about 2016 oil price rise
16 September 2015
The government of Iran may set the price of oil between $42 and $50 in the state budget beginning March 2016
KRG promises September payments to IOCs
28 August 2015
The Kurdistan Regional Council for Oil & Gas Affairs expects the first tranche of regular payments to be made available to IOCs in the first half of September 2015