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Fatima Sadouki

Middle East & Africa correspondent
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Lebanon over-reaching with power plan timeline

The country is expected to award contracts for FSRUs by the end of the month with a view to starting LNG imports in 2021, but the timeline for its power projects looks dubious.

3 days ago Middle East & Africa / LNG
The Barakah nuclear plant in the UAE

Delays to UAE Barakah nuclear plant to support gas

The delay in bringing online the United Arab Emirates’ first nuclear power plant will mean the country will continue to depend on imported pipeline gas and LNG for now.

11 April 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Idku LNG plant

Damietta restart faces further delays

The resumption of LNG exports from Egypt’s 5.5 mtpa Damietta plant remains subject to settlement deals between Cairo and Union Fenosa Gas.

4 April 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Egypt's Idku LNG plant.

Aphrodite offers hope for Egypt’s LNG hub plans

Cyprus is pushing to develop Aphrodite as quickly as possible and may be nearing a deal on new PSA terms, allowing gas from the field to be piped to Egyptian liquefaction plants.

28 March 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
The Mina al Ahmadi gas port in Kuwait

Kuwait to mull options after onshore terminal delay

The delays leave the country with a potential supply shortfall, meaning it may try to further extend its FSRU contract or look to bridge the shortfall with domestic gas.

15 March 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Sonatrach gas tanks

Algerian protests threaten energy reforms

Mass protests in Algeria against a fifth term by ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika mean there is an increasing risk of political and social instability in Europe’s third-largest gas supplier.

7 March 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Cypriot gas could be exported via Egypt's Idku LNG plant.

Cyprus discovery boosts optimism but export questions remain

ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum have made a significant discovery offshore Cyprus, but they may need to discover more gas in the area to justify building LNG export infrastructure.

1 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production
A tanker docked at the Qalhat LNG plant

Oman to diversify gas strategy on rising output

Oman is looking at new ways of monetising its gas and increasing its output on the back of new discoveries.

28 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A Sonatrach LNG carrier

Algeria’s Sonatrach maxes out on export flexibility

Sonatrach is expanding its Skikda liquefaction plant to take larger ships and increase its storage capacity, but stagnant production is leaving facilities underused.

14 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Egypt's Idku LNG plant.

Egypt’s LNG exports hinge on exploration success

Egypt's existing gas projects are set to feed domestic demand, meaning the scale of the country's LNG export revival will depend on further exploration success.

17 January 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
LNG bunkering in Rostock in Germany

LNG bunkering is catching on in the Gulf

LNG exporters in the Gulf are hoping to crack the ‘chicken and egg’ issue of LNG bunkering in time for the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap.

17 December 2018 Middle East & Africa / LNG
A drillship in Israel’s Leviathan field

Jordan’s appetite for pipeline imports to weigh on LNG

Recent agreements for pipeline volumes will likely give Jordan a stronger position in negotiations for new LNG purchases.

19 November 2018 Middle East & Africa / LNG
The Sharjah skyline.

Sharjah sees strong interest in licensing round

Twelve companies have prequalified for the round, which is offering three onshore blocks in the emirate.

15 November 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
An LNG tanker docked in Japan

ADNOC LNG paves the way for new sales

Abu Dhabi will drastically reduce the volume of LNG it sends to Japan next year, but it is optimistic about finding new customers for its spare capacity.

14 November 2018 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Drilling in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta shale, where Total has gained expertise

ADNOC jumps on unconventionals bandwagon

ADNOC is partnering with Total to develop Abu Dhabi’s unconventional gas reserves, but a more competitive market will be needed to encourage further investment in the sector.

13 November 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
An Eni offshore production platform

Algeria offshore deals a step forward, but hurdles remain

Further exploration could help the country boost its resource base, but IOCs are struggling against unattractive fiscal terms.

5 November 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Gas drilling in Algeria

Algeria’s shale hopes remain on hold

Algeria has the world’s third-largest recoverable shale gas resources, but attracting the required investment continues to be a problem.

30 October 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A Mauritanian solar plant

Algeria gets realistic about renewables

Algeria has recently talked up its plans to increase its renewable power capacity, but there are signs its interest is starting to wane.

24 April 2018 Middle East & Africa / Alternative Fuels
Macky Sall, president of Senegal

Golar wins Tortue FLNG amid unitisation uncertainty

The selection of an FLNG provider for the West African project is a welcome boost for the venture, but some questions remain.

23 April 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A Gazprom wellpad in Algeria

Algerian government raises hopes of changes to hydrocarbon law

The energy ministry will propose changes to the country's oil and gas regulations this year in an attempt to increase investment in Algeria's upstream sector.

27 March 2018 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation

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