Author: Ian Simm
Iran talks the talk on Caspian gas
27 September 2021
The Chalous deposit is both significant and conveniently located for potential export purposes. But production is likely a long way off
Iraq turns an IOC corner
27 September 2021
Following months of uncertainty about potential partner exits, Baghdad now has cause for optimism
The curious case of Kurdish gas
7 September 2021
The KRG is seeking to increase gas flows and reduce flaring, but its strategy has raised a few eyebrows
UAE and Saudi Arabia to put differences behind them
3 August 2021
An understanding that the Opec partners are better working together appears likely to keep the peace
Iran launches new port amid challenges to nuclear deal
27 July 2021
The country started loading crude from its new Jask oil terminal last week as doubts grow about the prospects for a revived JCPOA
Unlocking southern Iraq’s oil
29 June 2021
Baghdad’s revisiting on contractual terms may need to be radical to stop IOC flight and offer alternatives to China
Kuwait takes next step in Gulf refining expansion
22 June 2021
Middle Eastern NOCs have turned to the downstream to take greater control over the global supply chain
Interest grows in Nigerian refining
9 June 2021
The Dangote refinery development is raising hopes of a refinery sector revival
South Pars looks to the long term
17 May 2021
With the 38 phases associated with Iran’s South Pars gas field nearing completion, focus has shifted to maintaining production stability amid pressure concerns
Iran deal faces many hurdles
30 April 2021
A purported leak is just the latest potential obstacle to Washington-Tehran rapprochement
Jordan back on the blocks
26 April 2021
Amman rolls out some old favourites as it hopes to finally gain upstream traction
Opec+ confounds market with three-month cuts easing
1 April 2021
The group had been widely anticipated to keep the prior agreement in place, but a rapidly agreed deal will see cuts relaxed through the summer
Aramco rolls with the Covid punches
23 March 2021
The Saudi heavyweight posts an eye-watering drop in profits but pays its dividends and remains in the black
Upbeat outlook in Iraqi Kurdistan
23 February 2021
Oil and gas developers in the semi-autonomous region are looking forward to a year of rebound
Saudi strategy runs deeper than cuts
2 February 2021
Saudi Arabia’s production restraint may boost prices in the short term, but it may also assure the Kingdom greater market control in the longer term
Delek targets London listing
8 January 2021
The company is looking to establish a newco on the LSE, while also divesting its Tamar stake
Qatar targets long-term and spot LNG markets
10 December 2020
World leader advances its strategy to commercialise existing and planned export upgrades
Qatar targets long-term and spot LNG markets
10 December 2020
World leader advances its strategy to commercialise existing and planned export upgrades
Sonangol takes Cabinda refinery FID
18 November 2020
Angolan NOC is moving forward with most promising project, but other downstream expansion plans remain in limbo
Hormuz threats lose their sting
13 November 2020
As Gulf states progress bypass projects, time runs down on Iran’s sabre-rattling
Adnoc keeps busy
5 November 2020
The Emirati NOC continues to expand its competencies and monetise assets
Chevron wades into Israeli gas price dispute
2 November 2020
The major has ruffled Israeli feathers less than a month into its ownership of a key asset
Iran finds more export custom
8 October 2020
As Iran ramps up output, it is beginning to turn the tide on exports too
Oman leans towards bilateral awards
11 August 2020
The sultanate’s drawn-out bid round is ending in a whimper as breakout gas contracting discussions take priority
Aramco advances plan to lease out pipelines
5 August 2020
The cash-strapped Saudi NOC is looking to replicate the recent divestment success of its Emirati counterpart Adnoc
Iraq and Iran move further apart
24 July 2020
Baghdad’s pivot away from its neighbour is increasingly extending to their shared resources
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