Middle East
OMV provides faint light in Yemen gloom
13 August 2018
Austria's OMV, the first IOC to return to Yemen since the war started, has resumed limited exports
Saudi crown prince consolidates oil sector control
31 July 2018
A new committee will manage all hydrocarbons-related affairs
Iraq close to a deal?
27 July 2018
The outlook for the energy sector is bright, but the post-elections political prospects remain cloudy
Oman's renaissance man faces Iran, succession tensions
23 July 2018
The sultanate’s neutrality in the increasingly tense stand-off between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicates relations with its Arab Gulf neighbours
Interview: Energean's Mathios Rigas targets East Med success
19 July 2018
Energean’s boss reveals the secrets of his small company’s achievements in the Eastern Mediterranean
Iran wants Caspian 'release valve' opened
12 July 2018
Sanctions-hit Iran and its neighbours are seeking to resolve boundary uncertainties to unlock further oil and gas reserves in the Caspian Sea
Conflict cripples Libya's oil sector
3 July 2018
The latest battle for Libya’s key oil ports—the fourth in as many years—leaves vital infrastructure destroyed and the country’s production recovery in jeopardy
Eni hopes for second Egypt gas bonanza
2 July 2018
With production from the vast Zohr offshore gasfield rising fast, Eni is to start exploring another potential play
Algeria: trying to do better
28 June 2018
Arezki Hocini, president of Algeria's upstream regulator, discusses the challenges facing the hydrocarbon sector and obstacles to reform
A kingdom of change
28 June 2018
Success in introducing social and economic reforms can't hide the longer-term challenges that Saudi Arabia faces
Egypt wears the East Med LNG crown
20 June 2018
With production rising fast and other East Med countries looking for markets, Egypt is hoping that its LNG plants will soon come into their own
Iraq's energy sector needs political deal
20 June 2018
Approval of plans to expand Iraq’s oil output and export capacity awaits the formation of a new cabinet, following May’s inconclusive election results
Map: Libya's conflict
19 June 2018
This regularly updated map shows the ongoing conflict among rival factions seeking control of the territory and oil of Libya.
Yemen war enters dangerous new phase
13 June 2018
The Saudi-led coalition has embarked on a high-risk strategy to force the Houthis to the negotiating table
Iran looks to Asia for sanction relief
13 June 2018
European firms will be wary of doing business with Iran under US sanctions, but China and India are among states which won’t back off
China goes for gas in Iran
5 June 2018
Beijing glimpses a Middle East energy consolidation, by replacing France's Total in South Pars gas expansion venture
Iraq: let the bargaining begin
22 May 2018
As Iraq settles in for the sizzling summer heat, the political temperature looks set to stay high well into autumn and possibly winter as well
Iraqi oil's 15 bloody years
15 May 2018
Gary Vogler's memoir of post-invasion Iraq gives context to the many challenges the country still faces
Saudis claim diplomatic victory on Iran
11 May 2018
The kingdom says Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal vindicates its long-standing regional strategy
Iran importers face sanctions shell game
10 May 2018
Trump’s sanctions plan lacks international support for now, but importers will nonetheless have to adapt
A new behemoth or the reform Iraq needs?
8 May 2018
Parliament has passed a law to re-create Iraq National Oil Company. It faces opposition
Total's new MENA adventures
8 May 2018
The company is set to benefit from shale in the Middle East despite having shunned it elsewhere
Iraq pushes for fresh oil expansion
4 May 2018
Despite hurdles, energy sector ambitions abound
Iraq's big rebuilding project
1 May 2018
Damage to the country has been severe. The recovery needs lots of money and willing investors
Opec and oil market dynamics
27 April 2018
Opec's goal of defending high oil prices may suit some members in the short run, but its long-term impacts could be damaging
Yemen: the lessons of history
26 April 2018
Ginny Hill's book paints the turbulent historical backdrop to the current war in Yemen