James Gavin

Middle East correspondent
The first phase of BP’s West Nile Delta project in Egypt.

Cairo keeps its options open as production booms

With a number of new fields starting up, Egypt is on course to become self-sufficient in gas over the coming years.

8 January 2018
Officials from Energean and Israel's energy ministry.

Energean secures five Israeli exploration blocks

Israel may be disappointed that its first licensing round drew few bids from IOCs, but Greek company Energean is celebrating.

18 December 2017
A wellhead in Egypt.

Cairo sees busy gas E&P schedule ahead as IOCs hover

The outlook is bright for Egyptian gas production, with a number of big projects set to come onstream next year.

8 December 2017
The Idku LNG export plant in Egypt.

Cairo rules out Israeli gas imports until disputes resolved

Egypt will not import gas from Israel until arbitration cases between the two countries are settled, meaning Israeli producers may have to look to the home market.

24 November 2017
Libya’s Mellitah  gas compression  station.

Libya’s NOC moves to boost gas production

Libya is seeking to increase domestic gas production to meet rising demand and prevent damaging blackouts.

10 November 2017
The skyline of Manama, Bahrain.

Bahrain mulls possible gas exports to Saudi Arabia

Bahrain could pipe gas to neighbouring Saudi Arabia once its LNG terminal is complete, but the question is whether the Saudis would want it.

19 October 2017
A photo of SDF soldiers in Raqqa, Syria.

IS loss of Conoco plant reframes Syrian gas options

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have taken a valuable asset as IS is pushed back in eastern Syria.

4 October 2017
Kuwaiti oil refinery

Kuwait’s KOC launches tenders for Jurassic gas project

The wheels are starting to turn again for Kuwait’s Jurassic non-associated gas project thanks to a recent flurry of construction tenders.

27 September 2017
Drilling in the Miran field, Iraqi Kurdistan.

Billion-dollar payment boosts Kurdish gas sector

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has solved two major disputes, freeing up capital to inject upstream.

7 September 2017

Baghdad builds momentum on gas development

An initiative to reduce flaring is just one of the ways that Iraq is aiming to boost its gas sector.

24 August 2017

Saudis press on with Master Gas System expansion

Saudi Arabia is determined to complete at least the first phase of the expansion programme for its gas grid by the end of the year.

4 August 2017

Shortened FSRU charter gives Dubai room to manoeuvre

The charter deal for the Golar Freeze will be ended a year earlier than originally planned, freeing the emirate from its superfluous regas capacity.

21 July 2017

Phase 11 deal marks first big return for IOCs in Iran

The agreement is a major development for Iran’s gas sector and should allow it to maximise output from the last undeveloped South Pars field.

4 July 2017

Cyprus centre stage in challenging East Med picture

The efforts of Israel, Lebanon and Turkey to develop their offshore resources could hinder Cyprus from tapping its own acreage.

22 June 2017

Qatar holds out for better terms from Japan

Qatar Petroleum has reassured its Japanese customers that the diplomatic spat in the Middle East will not affect LNG shipments, but tensions still remain over the terms of supply contracts.

8 June 2017

Egyptian upstream boosts hopes for LNG exports

Confidence is growing in Egypt’s upstream sector as new developments start up and the country looks to switch from LNG importer to exporter.

26 May 2017

Jordan struggles to defuse Israel gas import dispute

Plans to ship gas from the Leviathan field to Jordan have sparked protests in Amman, even though the country is forging new gas links with Egypt.

21 April 2017

Tension with Israel as Lebanon readies offshore plans

Lebanon’s decision to include disputed territory in its first offshore licensing round has rankled Israel, inflaming regional tensions.

30 March 2017

Emirates LNG considering sites for new terminal

Emirates LNG is looking for locations to build a new onshore regas terminal in the UAE, but analysts question whether the federation needs the extra capacity.

16 March 2017

Saudis build momentum for gas expansion schemes

Saudi Arabia plans to double its domestic gas output over the next 10 years, but technical and fiscal hurdles stand in its way.

2 March 2017

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