Author: Clare Dunkley
PDO outlines stiff 2030 emissions targets
22 September 2021
Beyond a flashy pledge of long-term carbon-neutrality lie some meaningful medium-term goals that could substantially speed up Muscat’s lagging decarbonisation efforts
Iraq shrugs off partner uncertainty to lift long-term target
17 August 2021
The country has lifted its long-term production target to 8mn bl/d despite continued murmurings about IOC dissatisfaction
Muscat outsources oil sector expansion
26 July 2021
Bid round and first-ever private refinery shows the government is looking to external investment
Qatar Petroleum plays the field
20 July 2021
While the focus is on domestic gas, the Qatari firm is hedging locally and internationally
Iraq tries again in the downstream
5 July 2021
Oft-promised upgrades and greenfield facilities are again making putative progress
Adnoc presses the upstream accelerator
21 June 2021
Abu Dhabi has resumed the chase towards long-term capacity targets
Muscat faces up to oil twilight
15 June 2021
The Omani government’s focus is reluctantly shifting to managing output decline
Stars align for Kurdish gas exports
24 May 2021
Erbil's long-held ambitions to sell its plentiful supplies to gas-poor neighbours move closer to fruition
Aramco resumes upstream action
11 May 2021
Oil market recovery is financing a cautious renewal of spending on core domestic projects
Iraq renews gas drive
8 May 2021
Baghdad turns again to China to develop its second largest gasfield
Iraq’s upstream shows signs of life
19 April 2021
Baghdad is once again looking towards much higher long-term capacity goals
Kuwait aims for investment reset
13 April 2021
NOC reflates its spending and projects grind forward. But no-one should expect miracles
Oman runs hard to stand still
25 January 2021
The sultanate’s long-term oil ambitions are modest, but the urgent appetite for fresh gas supply remains
One step forward, two steps back in Kuwait
18 January 2021
Renewed political upheaval augurs ill for oil sector development plans
Iraqi downstream dreams edge closer to reality
2 October 2020
Refining and petrochemicals development may finally be gathering momentum
Kadhimi woos Washington
1 September 2020
The new Iraqi premier is leveraging the US administration’s loathing for Iran to secure energy investments
Aramco reassesses priorities
1 September 2020
An income squeeze is forcing upstream delays and a reappraisal of the company’s downstream portfolio
Saudi Aramco pins its hopes on petchems
23 July 2020
The NOC heavyweight wants to the biggest of beasts in the petrochemicals world too
Gulf NOCs bank on chemical cure
21 July 2020
The current oil market slump validates the increasing focus of the Gulf’s main upstream producers on petrochemicals
Adnoc toasts its resilience
22 June 2020
Reforms in response to the last industry downturn have equipped Abu Dhabi’s oil heavyweight to cope with the current crisis
Iraq seeks a reset
8 June 2020
The new Baghdad government asks for much in return for a pivot towards Saudi Arabia and the US
Muscat's oil plans in disarray
15 May 2020
The sultanate’s upstream development projects have taken short and longer-term hits
Adnoc steps off the gas
21 April 2020
Gas is currently the main casualty of Abu Dhabi’s more cautious approach. But that may be only in the short-term
Algeria’s upstream rebirth is interrupted
14 April 2020
A promised rejuvenation of the hydrocarbons sector and state oil company has been stopped in its tracks
Kurdish old hands buffeted again
7 April 2020
KRG producers face both global and local headwinds to their expansion plans. At least it’s not their first time round the block
Iraq stares into revenue abyss
26 March 2020
Plummeting oil prices and stagnant production have thrown government finances into chaos
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