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James Gavin

Middle East specialist
Drilling at Genel Energy's Miran project in Iraq

Kurds face slow going as export plans struggle for lift-off

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s gas plans have been scaled back, with lower volumes and more relaxed timelines expected.

Yesterday Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A drillship at work in the Leviathan field

Leviathan players re-examine FLNG option

With rival FEED bids invited for the construction of an FLNG facility, the developers of Israel’s largest gas field believe they can find global buyers where local and regional options are limited.

8 August 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
A rig in Iran's South Pars project

Tehran keeps gas flowing under the US’s watch

Iranian gas exports to Iraq are being allowed to continue as the US gets tough on its oil exports.

25 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
Turkey's Yavuz drillship docked near Istanbul

Turkish drilling rattles East Med equilibrium

Turkey is sending a second drillship into Cypriot waters in a bid to increase its presence in the East Mediterranean.

18 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Egypt's Idku LNG plant.

Cairo’s hub dream faces new Israeli challenge

Israel may not be able to supply Egypt with pipeline gas volumes until early 2020, which could derail Egypt's hopes of becoming a Mediterranean gas hub.

4 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
Lebanon's president and the US assistant secretary of state for near-eastern affairs in a meeting.

US hauls Israel and Lebanon to negotiating table

A diplomatic breakthrough could lead to Israel and Lebanon negotiating over disputed offshore oil and gas blocks.

13 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
The skyline of Beirut

Lebanon optimistic as it pushes on with licensing process

Lebanon is attempting to make its second licensing round more attractive to IOCs, but the political deadlock in the country will not help.

14 December 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Drilling at the West Nile Delta

New deals bring Egypt closer to creating gas hub

Burgeoning domestic output and pipeline plans are enabling Egypt to realise its gas export ambitions.

3 October 2018 Middle East & Africa / LNG
The Egyptian LNG plant in Idku

Egyptian award could restart Damietta LNG exports

A resolution to the dispute between Union Fenosa Gas and the Egyptian government could see LNG exports resume from the Damietta plant.

12 September 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A coal-fired power plant in Israel.

Israel’s power reforms set to boost gas consumption

The opening-up of Israel's electricity sector to competition will increase the country's demand for gas.

29 August 2018 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
Artist's impression of an FPSO in the Karish and Tanin fields

Israeli gas reforms set to disappoint IOCs

Israel's interim proposal to revamp its domestic gas supply obligation is likely to do little to attract international players.

14 August 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Dana Gas operations in Egypt

Dana Gas to drill offshore Egypt even without partner

As Egypt pays off its debts to IOCs, Dana Gas is preparing to invest in deepwater exploration in the region.

20 July 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A drillship offshore Israel

Israel’s Delek sets aside cash to export gas to Egypt

Delek’s shareholders have voted to prioritise the company’s plan to export Leviathan gas to Egypt via pipeline.

3 July 2018 Middle East & Africa / Companies & Finance
The Atwood Advantage drillship in Israel’s Leviathan field

Israel to adjust terms ahead of licensing round

Israel is expected to modify its contract terms in the hope of attracting more interest in its second licensing round, planned for later this year.

13 June 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Eni offshore platform

EGAS licensing round to test ‘Zohr effect’

Egypt is hoping for significant interest in its first auction of offshore acreage since the Zohr discovery.

31 May 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Shell’s Idku LNG plant in Egypt

Cairo’s liquefaction plans stall despite rising gas supply

The ongoing dispute at Egypt’s Damietta LNG plant is holding up the country’s gas export ambitions.

21 May 2018 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Pipe-laying work for Turkish Stream

Israel seeking deal on EastMed pipeline this year

Israel is hoping for progress on pipeline gas exports to Europe, with an undersea route through the Mediterranean and another via Turkey in the running.

2 May 2018 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
A drillship in the East Mediterranean. (Noble Energy)

Border dispute puts Israel-Cyprus exploration at risk

Israeli claims over the Aphrodite field offshore Cyprus could hold up its development.

10 April 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
The Prinos oil and gas patform in the East Mediterranean

Finance deals signal progress on Karish and Tanin

Energean is forging ahead with its Israeli offshore projects as a result of its recent IPO and an agreement to secure financing.

19 March 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A rig drilling in the East Mediterranean.

Israel-Egypt gas deal facing challenges

A $15 bln deal to export gas from Israel’s offshore fields to Egypt has hit a number of obstacles and may not proceed.

28 February 2018 Middle East & Africa / Companies & Finance

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