Middle East
Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 looks blurry in Khashoggi aftermath
18 October 2018
International reaction to the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will lead, at very least, to delays to the kingdom’s ambitious reform programme
One step forward, two back in Libya
5 October 2018
An IS attack on the Tripoli HQ of Libya’s battered oil industry has presented the sector with its sternest test yet
Map: Libya's conflict
5 October 2018
This regularly updated map shows the ongoing conflict among rival factions seeking control of the territory and oil of Libya
Tight could prove right for Bahrain
19 September 2018
The recent discovery of offshore shale oil and gas deposits could be a welcome energy boost for Bahrain—or remain tantalisingly beyond reach
Iran seeks energy allies as sanctions bite
18 September 2018
Trump’s Iran sanctions target oil. But will all be lost or will Iran find investors in Russia and China?
Pompeo backs Saudi moves in Yemen
14 September 2018
As government forces make progress in fighting around the port city of Hodeidah, the US has indicated that it will continue backing Saudi Arabia and its allies
Planned Aramco IPO on hold
23 August 2018
Saudi Arabia has denied reports that the partial privatisation of Aramco has been cancelled—but hasn’t said when it will happen
US-Gulf summit hangs in the balance
23 August 2018
President Trump said in April that a postponed meeting with Gulf leaders would go ahead in September. But will it happen?
More energy reforms needed, IMF tells Egypt
20 August 2018
The Egyptian economy continued to improve in 2018, according to the organisation, but further measures are needed
Book Review: Unraveling Syria's struggles
16 August 2018
Diana Darke paints a broad picture of Syria, past and present, identifying the nation’s complex character and its remarkable endurance capacity
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
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