James Gavin

Middle East correspondent
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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