Verity Ratcliffe

Middle East & North Africa editor

Verity Ratcliffe joined Interfax in May 2015 from the BBC, where she wrote business and economics news. She previously covered power and renewable energy for Middle East Economic Digest for three years from Dubai and has written for the Financial Times and Bloomberg, among others. +44 (0)20 3004 6216
Sharjah's port of Hamriyah.

Sharjah on tight schedule to start up FSRU by 2020

Sharjah will need to find other options to meet its gas demand if its timeline for bringing its FSRU online slips.

15 August 2018

African pipeline exports to Europe down by 7%

Gas flows from North Africa to Europe came to 557.6 MMcm last week as volumes declined via all four routes.

14 August 2018

Gas-focused drilling increases in Middle East in July

The number of gas-focused rigs in the region rose to 98 in July, an increase of 14% month on month.

10 August 2018
US President Donald Trump

US prioritises pressure on Russia over Iran sanctions

The latest US measures suggest Washington is more willing to put pressure on Russia than punish Iran.

9 August 2018
A power plant in Tunisia

IOCs should hire according to need – ETAP official

The Tunisian NOC’s head of strategy talks to Interfax Natural Gas Daily about local content and progress on the Nawara gas pipeline.

7 August 2018

Low Italian imports cut North African pipeline exports

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 4.0% week on week in Week 31 as a result of lower Italian imports.

7 August 2018
Drilling at Genel Energy’s Miran site in Iraq

Iraq tells state companies to develop Mansuriya field

Iraq’s oil ministry has called on state-run companies to take over development of the country’s urgently needed gas reserves.

3 August 2018
Iranian military exercise in the Strait of Hormuz

Middle East LNG chokepoints face heightened threats

Shipping routes in the Bab el-Mandeb and Hormuz straits are coming under pressure as tensions rise in the Middle East.

1 August 2018

African piped gas exports to Europe down on all lines

Volumes fell by 1.4% last week compared with the previous week, hitting 624 MMcm.

31 July 2018
South Pars Phase 12

Energy battle lines drawn on US-Iran divide

US sanctions have forced western companies out of Iran, but Russian and Chinese companies have an opportunity to fill the void.

27 July 2018
A Karadeniz floating power barge.

Lebanon receives third power barge amid controversy

The Esra Sultan power barge is due to generate electricity for Lebanon for three months, but some fear its stay may be extended indefinitely.

25 July 2018

GreenStream rebound boosts North African gas exports

North African pipeline exports to Europe rose by 6.0% week on week in Week 29, to 633 MMcm.

24 July 2018
The Vassiliko gas-fired power station in Cyprus.

Cyprus presses on with FSRU despite pipeline proposal

Proposals for a pipeline linking Cyprus to Israeli offshore fields are not deterring the island from plans to install an FSRU.

18 July 2018
The eastern districts in Old Tripoli, Lebanon

Companies to bid on Lebanon FSRUs as doubts linger

Lebanon's energy ministry wants to start importing LNG as soon as possible, but the country's political situation could complicate matters.

17 July 2018

Lower Italian gas imports pull down Africa-Europe flows

Libyan exports to Italy via GreenStream were down by 34.2% while Trans-Med volumes fell by 6.6%.

17 July 2018
Limassol, Cyprus

IOC schedule pushes back Lebanon service base decision

Exploration in Lebanon will not take place until late 2019, meaning the country has more time to develop an onshore service base.

13 July 2018

Saudi Arabia leads drop in Middle East drilling

The number of rigs targeting gas in the Middle East fell in June, driven by declines in Saudi Arabia.

13 July 2018
Donald Trump signing withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal

Iran-Oman-India pipeline in limbo after US action

The return of sanctions against Tehran threatens the future of the SAGE project, making it difficult for the company to find financiers and pipeline contractors.

12 July 2018

Africa-Europe pipeline volumes continue to fall

Pipeline exports from North Africa to Europe continued to drop last week, falling by 4.6%.

10 July 2018
BP drilling off Egypt

East Med gas players vie to keep export options open

The several large gas fields set to come online in the region will find themselves competing for the same export capacity.

6 July 2018

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