Middle East
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
Iran's nuclear agreement could boost oil market
18 August 2015
Tehran’s mid-July nuclear agreement provides space for its re-entry into the global oil market, and for international oil companies to plant their flags back in the Islamic Republic
Vienna deal brings Iran’s oil back to market
16 July 2015
The clinching of the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna paves the way for the Islamic Republic’s re-emergence into the global oil market – if it gets past its opponents
Iran deal would help domestic firms
9 July 2015
Iran’s bureaucracy has been nervously watching the unfolding negotiations with the P5+1 group of global powers
Islamic State has eyes on oil production
26 June 2015
IS may have established a rudimentary oil and gas system, but it needs to find fresh production if it is to support itself
Countries increasingly less reliant on MENA gas
22 May 2015
The Middle East and North Africa is a gas-rich region, yet many countries there are becoming increasingly reliant on gas imports from elsewhere in the world. Robin Mills explains how this state of affairs has arisen and looks at what needs to be done, if the trend is to be reversed
Baghdad-KRG deal gradually coming on line
22 May 2015
The oil-export deal between the Kurds and the rest of Iraq is working, in part, but complexities and differences still bedevil it
King Salman implements reform in Saudi Arabia
20 May 2015
The monarch has moved quickly with senior appointments designed to see off threats - at home and abroad - to the Kingdom’s stability
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
Time to bring Iranian oil back to the market
25 March 2015
The obsession among oil analysts with the weekly rotary rig count in the US and what it might mean for marginal supply from North America has let a bigger, longer-term obstacle to price recovery emerge almost unseen.
Dissecting Saudi oil minister Naimi’s speech
6 March 2015
Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi spoke in Berlin on 4 March, giving his view of the market and explaining the kingdom’s oil policy
The Gulf is an indispensable oil region
26 February 2015
For the world’s essential energy-producing region, weak oil prices are an opportunity
Saudis sticking to oil marketing strategy
26 February 2015
Despite downturn, Riyadh is confident enough to play the long game
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
Kuwait views low oil prices as an opportunity for growth
26 February 2015
Falling oil prices have not yet persuaded the country to abandon its aggressive capacity growth plans
Opportunities will come if Iranian nuclear deal is reached
26 February 2015
The possibility of an Iranian nuclear deal looms over the Gulf’s Arab states. It needn’t be feared, writes Robin Mills
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
Khafji supposedly offline for environmental reasons
26 February 2015
The curious case of the Khafji oilfield and the disagreement by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
Non-Opec producer Oman struggles with Opec policy
26 February 2015
Oman, a large non-Opec producer is struggling under the wilting oil price
Naimi is to stay as oil minister in Saudi Arabia - for now
23 January 2015
Saudi Arabia has a new king, but Naimi and his policy stays - for now. With him at the helm, the kingdom's oil-market strategy of allowing prices to sink to curb supply from rival producers will also stay intact.
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
Baghdad makes oil deal with the KRG
16 December 2014
The agreement reached in early December still faces many obstacles, writes Kirk Sowell
Iraq's Kurdistan is emerging as an important oil producer
15 December 2014
Despite trouble on its borders, Iraq's Kurdistan plans to export 1 million barrels a day by next year