Author: Clare Dunkley
IOC stalwarts deliver Omani gas boost
18 January 2022
Shell and TotalEnergies have agreed to execute a major integrated development and bought into the government’s gas-led strategy
Aramco opens wallet
10 January 2022
Soaring revenues have enabled awards on two flagship upstream projects as efforts to recycle the windfall in-Kingdom intensify
Purple patch for Muscat’s chemicals ambition
4 January 2022
The commissioning of Oman’s largest petrochemicals plant has coincided with Saudi Arabia’s potential rescue of an even bigger one
Adnoc reaffirms oil and gas intent
4 January 2022
New medium-term investment programme remains heavily focused on exploiting additional hydrocarbons
Aramco back to petchems drawing board
3 December 2021
The Saudi heavyweight’s international downstream expansion strategy will need another reboot
Aramco’s domestic petchems path remains bumpy
2 December 2021
The firm still faces challenges balancing economics with politics
Adnoc doubles down on petrochemicals
22 November 2021
Global decarbonisation pressures notwithstanding, the Emirati giant is determined to extract maximum residual value from its crude oil endowment
Kuwait on defensive over capacity decline
8 November 2021
KPC chief claims remediation is just around the corner, but his assessment appears improbably upbeat
Iraqi election results offer domestic gas promise
25 October 2021
A poor showing for Iranian-backed factions may add impetus to efforts to reduce import dependence
UAE tries to ride two horses
19 October 2021
Abu Dhabi’s plans to raise oil and gas production are advancing despite the federation’s carbon-cutting pledges
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
Adnoc bucks trend for upstream restraint
8 February 2021
The Emirati heavyweight is doubling down on capacity expansion
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
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