Author: Gerald Butt
Turkey gears up
22 March 2017
The country must cross several hurdles before it can channel significant gas supplies to Europe
Lebanon's muted celebrations
17 March 2017
IOCs' wariness takes the shine off Lebanon's first licensing round
Kuwait still drilling
1 March 2017
Kuwait is plugging away in its upstream and will seek more IOC help to do so
Transition time in the Gulf
1 March 2017
Fearful of American shale and electric cars, GCC states want to lessen their oil-revenue dependence
Israeli gas plans move tentatively ahead
27 February 2017
Geopolitics could harm Leviathan export prospects just as the signs are looking good
After Qaboos
27 February 2017
The sultan hasn't picked a successor, creating uncertainties just when the country needs to perk up its economy and find jobs for its youth
Oman's greenhouses to grow oil
27 February 2017
Oman is a leader in EOR and will soon bring in a powerful friend to help pump more oil—the sun
Oman - plugging the deficit
27 February 2017
Demand is rising faster than supply. Oman wants tight gas and Iran to fix the problem
Oman - carry on pumping
27 February 2017
It is part of the Opec deal to cut production — but Muscat's long-term goal is to do anything but
Iraq - crude data
21 February 2017
Opec-member Iraq is cutting output, but the statistics are still confusing
Keeping the lid on Iraq
14 February 2017
Reviving the Kuwait sovereignty issue would be disastrous for Iraq
Saudi dealmaker
23 January 2017
Fiscal pressures and the Aramco IPO were behind the Saudi change of heart. Riyadh needs this deal to work
Baghdad blurs the picture
23 January 2017
Iraq wants the deal to work. But that may not translate into an actual drop in supply
What happens when Mosul falls?
7 December 2016
The battle for the city is the prelude to wider struggles for political influence in the region and control of northern Iraqi oil production
Full speed ahead for Kuwait
6 December 2016
Kuwait is on the road to boosting oil-production capacity to 4m b/d, but lifting fuel subsidies will be trickier
Saudi Arabia - shifting sands
24 November 2016
The end of Saudi Arabia's market-share strategy and efforts to restructure its economy – while keeping subjects happy – make 2017 a pivotal year for the kingdom
Oman - against the odds
11 November 2016
Oman hopes to sustain oil production by refocussing its upstream strategy, developing new technologies and securing international financing
Fragility in Iraqi oil
4 November 2016
Iraq is heading towards 2017 overwhelmed by security, political and economic uncertainties, any of which could negatively affect the oil sector
Strangled development in Gaza and Lebanon
3 October 2016
Lebanon and Gaza both hold commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. But regional politics are still stifling progress
The Aphrodite plan
3 October 2016
Cyprus is desperate to export gas. But until more is found, piping it to Egypt is now the main idea, says energy minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis
Expectations muted in Cyprus
3 October 2016
Cyprus had great hopes for its gas. But the global glut means it will for now remain an importer rather than an exporter
Israel's time to deliver
3 October 2016
Israel may at last start to put its plentiful offshore gas discoveries to use, domestically and regionally
Egyptian gas’s second coming
3 October 2016
Zohr is speeding ahead quickly. Does it herald a new era for the region’s energy?
In Aramco's footsteps
14 September 2016
Kuwait's government wants to follow Saudi Arabia's and sell off some state energy assets. The move will face opposition
Newer face, older problems
14 September 2016
A new energy minister will try to end the stagnation in Algeria's upstream
Iraq’s oil in the maelstrom
6 September 2016
Against the background of fiscal constraint imposed by low global oil prices, Iraq's oil and gas industry has become a victim of IS violence and a dispute among politicians in Baghdad that is paralysing the federal government
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