Middle East
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
Risks hamper Afghanistan’s exploration ambitions
11 December 2014
Security problems will keep hampering Afghan upstream plans. Pipeline transit fees offer the best hope for energy income
Saudi ruler King Abdullah reshuffles his cabinet
10 December 2014
King Abdullah took the step as a response to growing criticism of the government
Middle Eastern oil investments key to global supply security
14 November 2014
The International Energy Agency have said global demand will increase to 104m b/d by 2040
North Africa buffeted by fragile politics and markets
23 October 2014
Libya's oil output is recovering. But both it and neighbour Algeria are struggling to market their barrels
Iran’s oil hopes may hinge on Vienna outcome
23 October 2014
The fate of Iran and the sanctions against its oil sector is a wildcard facing Opec as it tries to balance the market. Meetings in the Austrian capital this month should make the picture clearer
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
Saudi Arabia reluctant to pull back Opec export volumes
23 October 2014
Opec’s heavyweight is no longer prepared to bear the brunt of the group’s cuts. Losing on price and volume share is to be avoided at all costs, writes Bill Farren-Price
Iraqi Prime Minister steps down as state is fracturing
20 August 2014
Vast swathes of Iraqi territory are under Islamist insurgent control, the chasm between the Kurds and Baghdad has widened again, and the country's divisive prime minister has stepped down. Kirk Sowell explains how Iraq has reached the brink
Uncertainty for Iraq oil industry as troubles divide country
7 July 2014
The Islamist-led Sunni surge leaves Iraq on the brink of collapse. Derek Brower assesses what it means for the country’s oil industry
Hope for global crude supply despite Iraq's disintegration
7 July 2014
The country is vital to the global crude supply, but the market has not panicked
China’s oil risks are limited despite Iraq crisis
16 June 2014
The country holds a large stake in Iraqi crude, but there is little immediate danger
Iraq's output surges, but many problems remain
19 March 2014
Oil output is rising quickly, but many problems still afflict Iraq’s energy sector
Progress is slow but countries consider a return to Iran
28 January 2014
Iran is complying with the interim nuclear deal struck in Geneva in November, some light sanctions relief is under way and oil companies are already getting hot under the collar as they plot a return to the country’s upstream