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Book review: A brave new energy world ahead, but few answers
6 September 2021
Daniel Yergin’s new book offers a short but insightful history of key developments in the world of energy, but is less illuminating on the sector’s future prospects
Biden plans Mid-East Gulf shake-up
8 February 2021
US diplomatic goals, if achieved, will impact the Iranian, Saudi and Yemeni energy sectors
Kuwait and Oman hope for peace dividend
26 January 2021
More cordial Saudi-Qatar relations raise hopes for economic and energy investment progress in other GCC allies. But serious challenges remain
Book review: Water threatens to disrupt Iraqi-Kurdish-Turkish relations
10 November 2020
Diminishing sources of clean water and rising demand could increase tension between Baghdad and Erbil, as well as Baghdad and Ankara, a new book says
Election blow to Cyprus gas prospects
30 October 2020
The emergence of a new Turkish Cypriot leader with close ties to Ankara is likely to worsen offshore tensions
Turkey’s ambitions have imperial echoes
4 August 2020
Facing the challenge of a domestic economic crisis, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes that successful military interventions in the surrounding region will foster nationalist solidarity
Book review: GCC—a fatal schism
20 May 2020
Through a combination of adroit use of its vast gas reserves and careful diplomacy, Qatar has learned how to survive life under blockade, a new book says
East Med gas going nowhere
13 May 2020
Lebanon’s first offshore well was dry, exploration off Cyprus is on hold—the region’s glitter is looking distinctly faded
No respite in Yemen
5 May 2020
The oil price collapse dims hope of an energy sector revival, while civil war grinds on
Turkey’s dual Libya objectives
14 January 2020
Moscow’s cooperation with Ankara in seeking a Libya peace deal implies Russian acceptance of Turkey’s controversial East Med maritime border claims
Mena: a region of backhanders
13 January 2020
A new book identifies corruption as a major factor holding back Middle East and North Africa (Mena) development —not least in oil-exporting states
Saudi Arabia’s bear hug
10 January 2020
The kingdom is strengthening its ties with Russia as it nervously watches US political developments
US lobs a grenade into a box of fireworks
3 January 2020
Washington and Tehran may consider their next moves after drone kills top Iranian general, but restraint is the likeliest casualty
Turkey pushes East Mediterranean boundaries
9 December 2019
The Erdogan regime’s maritime border agreement with Libya can only serve to ramp up regional tensions
Gas on the rise in Oman
26 November 2019
Expanding upstream investment is boosting Oman’s thriving gas sector
Opec down but not out
22 November 2019
A new history of Opec says the organisation is being undermined in part by the ambitions of national oil companies
Oman LNG debottlenecking yields results
21 November 2019
Oman’s thriving gas sector is set to receive a further boost to both upstream and downstream investment
GCC moves to mend Qatar rift
21 November 2019
There are strong indications that Saudi Arabia and the UAE intend to normalise relations with Qatar
Aphrodite feels the love
12 November 2019
Cypriot energy minister Georgios Lakkotrypis issues the country’s first exploitation licence to the Aphrodite consortium to export gas to Egypt
Domestic only—the key aspect of Aramco IPO
6 November 2019
The state energy giant’s decision to proceed with a share sale is no surprise, but the lack of an international listing is a crucial point
Lebanon’s gas hopes threatened by corruption
28 October 2019
Energy sector legislation may not prevent corruption marring any future gas discoveries, a new book says
Oil and trouble in the Gulf
24 October 2019
Gulf producers learn that regional instability no longer guarantees high oil prices
Saudi Arabia’s bear hug
18 October 2019
The kingdom is strengthening its ties with Russia as it nervously watches US political developments
Energean adapts for survival
17 October 2019
Independent oil and gas firms have no choice but to respond to environmental pressures, says the firm’s CEO
Cyprus pursues LNG import and export options
11 October 2019
In early 2020, the Cypriot government will award LNG supply contracts, while revisiting LNG export plans
Turkey turns up the Cypriot heat
8 October 2019
Cyprus hopes international pressure will stop Turkish drilling in the country's offshore
Gulf states frozen in the headlights
1 October 2019
Beset by intra-GCC tension, Gulf states are dithering in the face of the Iran crisis
Saudi Arabia picks up the pieces
27 September 2019
Saudi Arabia faces a variety of challenges emanating from the attacks on its oil installations
An oilman not of oil
22 September 2019
A new biography of Calouste Gulbenkian portrays him as a formidable behind-the-scenes fixer, rather than a fuel fanatic
Saudis opt for words not weapons
20 September 2019
The kingdom sees Iran's hand behind the recent attacks but is holding fire for now
Turkey tucks into bargain US LNG
13 September 2019
Russian pipeline imports are flexed lower in an effort to profit from LNG supply glut
Prince Abdel Aziz takes the Saudi energy helm
9 September 2019
A new ministerial appointment may indicate growing Saudi impatience with its Opec+ allies
Falih moved aside as Aramco IPO looms
5 September 2019
Saudi oil giant's chairman exits as preparations for a partial sell-off limber up
Zohr soars, Nour not sure
30 August 2019
Eni has said nothing, but early optimism about the extent of the Nour gas discovery has faded
Dangerous dance in the Gulf
20 August 2019
The US and Iran have thus far reacted to a string of provocative moves more in word than deed, but the potential for miscalculation is high
Aramco sends off IPO signals
13 August 2019
The company boosts key investor metrics, suggesting it has renewed its appetite for an IPO
Yemen compromise pressure grows on Saudi
13 August 2019
Potentially wavering support from a key ally and the need for Strait of Hormuz alternatives may force the Kingdom's hand
Gulf gas: clouds of confusion
9 August 2019
Individual GCC states have settled on convoluted ways of distributing natural gas due to a lack of cooperation
Fine words fail to camouflage East Med challenges
1 August 2019
Geopolitical problems and surging global LNG output mean that East Med gas reserves will struggle to reach markets outside the region
Immediate threat to Gulf oil flow lifted
23 July 2019
The UK and Iran have shown that they do not want the seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker to be the trigger for an armed conflict
Yemen accord signals first step towards restarting LNG
16 July 2019
A UN-brokered deal to bolster the ceasefire around the port of Hodeida improves chances of ending the four-year-old conflict
The East Med: Trouble in paradise
4 July 2019
Overlapping claims of sovereignty in the waters off Cyprus—and conflicting premises and perceptions—add a note of uncertainty to the island’s gas development ambitions
Energean acquires Edison E&P
4 July 2019
The deal expands Energean’s footprint in the Mediterranean, giving it assets in gas-rich Egypt and Algeria for the first time
Kuwait and Iraq seek to defuse Iran crisis
20 June 2019
The states depend of the Strait of Hormuz for their oil exports and vital oil revenue
Qatar steps over the blockade
20 June 2019
Two years after the economic and political boycott on Qatar, the Gulf state is pressing on with LNG expansion plans
Cyprus offshore: Turkey turns up the heat
12 June 2019
The prospects for monetising natural gas discovered off Cyprus have risen, but so has the geopolitical temperature
The long road to the rig
11 June 2019
New entrants to Aramco’s upstream arm are trained to be multi-skilled
Old facility, new lease of life in Saudi Arabia
10 June 2019
Global media attention on Saudi Aramco's bond sale and acquisition of Sabic obscures progress on routine ventures
Turkish resentment sours East Med gas mood
17 May 2019
A municipal election setback for Turkey’s governing party could trigger a more aggressive energy policy towards Cyprus
Cyprus ponders gas monetisation options
29 April 2019
New natural gas discoveries offshore Cyprus have revived the possibility of the island hosting an LNG plant
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