James Gavin

Middle East correspondent
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
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
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
Drilling offshore Egypt

EGAS seeks to tap into Zohr effect with licensing round

The company is planning another licensing round in Egypt as it looks to capitalise on the interest generated by Eni’s Zohr discovery.

16 February 2018
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Indian PM Narendra Modi.

Indian bids for Israeli acreage remain in limbo

Israel awarded five offshore licences from its first licensing round earlier this month, but the Indian consortium that took part has yet to make progress on its bid.

29 January 2018
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

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