Middle East
Iran's upstream sector battens down for survival
14 December 2018
Sanctions scrape the remaining shine off tarnishing sector
Middle East tensions rumbled on in 2018
13 December 2018
Oil prices recovered, but old conflicts remained unresolved
Qatar’s Opec exit a sign of rising intra-Gulf tensions
5 December 2018
The Gulf state’s departure will not damage Opec’s operations, but will cement intra-Gulf divisions
Saudi Arabia focuses on picking up the pieces
29 November 2018
Saudi Arabia needs to restore its image and keeping its economic reforms on track
Middle East burying head in the sand on decommissioning
20 November 2018
The Middle East is yet to fully plan for its decommissioning future
Gulf economy planners face 2019 challenges
16 November 2018
Uncertainty over oil prices is creating problems for GCC states as they prepare budgets for the year ahead
UAE aims to become oasis of stability in the Middle East
15 November 2018
The UAE’s energy plans are well-braced to help sustain investor confidence in the face of political and economic winds
Iraq wrestles with water supply dilemma
13 November 2018
Iraq’s goal of increasing southern crude oil output could be stymied by a shortage of water—a critical issue for the country as a whole
Bartering is Iran's best hope to bypass sanctions
5 November 2018
With oil exports in freefall, the country is hoping that a new EU-backed plan to help companies continue trading will work. But optimism is low
Iran sanctions: Tehran is no stranger to oil's upheavals
25 October 2018
US sanctions will target Iran’s energy industry from November. But the country where the first Middle Eastern oil discovery was made has faced many past vagaries in oil fortunes
Saudi Arabia hoping 'business as usual' strategy holds
24 October 2018
Although some prominent figures stayed away from a major investment conference in Riyadh, the meeting went ahead with many global firms represented
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