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.

Email: verity.ratcliffe@interfax.co.ukPhone: +44 (0)20 3004 6216
Map showing pipeline flows from North Africa to Europe

Africa-Europe pipeline volumes down on all lines

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 2.7% last week as transit through all pipelines declined.

20 February 2018
The power plant that generates electricity in the central Gaza Strip, April 2017.

Israel-Gaza gas pipeline inches closer

The partners behind a pipeline project to deliver Israeli and Palestinian gas to Gaza have started negotiations with potential financial backers.

19 February 2018
Middle East rig count

Gas drilling ticks up in Middle East

The number of rigs targeting gas in the Middle East ticked up to 93 in January as a result of exploration off Cyprus.

16 February 2018
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Drillship in limbo after Turkish warship blocks path

The interception of a vessel drilling offshore Cyprus by a Turkish warship has ratcheted up tensions in the East Mediterranean

15 February 2018
North African pipelines flows to Europe in Week 6

GreenStream and Maghreb-Europe cut African exports

North African pipeline exports to Europe ticked down by 0.3% week on week in Week 6, to 971.2 million cubic metres.

13 February 2018
An LNG carrier at Balhaf.

Secessionists’ rise presents new challenges in Yemen

Moves by Yemen’s southern secessionists pose a further threat to the country’s gas and LNG infrastrucure.

9 February 2018
Mohammed bin Khalifa al-Khalifa, Bahrain's oil minister.

Bahrain awaits bids for pre-Khuff gas development

Bahrain will ask service companies to co-invest in pre-Khuff gas development rather than offer a fixed fee, a move that may not attract the kind of offers it wants.

8 February 2018
North African pipelines flows to Europe in Week 5

African piped gas exports to Europe up on all lines

North African pipeline exports to Europe rose by 5.7% week on week in Week 5, as deliveries through all pipelines linking the continents increased.

6 February 2018
Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Israel-Lebanon tensions mount over disputed territory

Diplomatic tensions between Israel and Lebanon have risen over the exploration of offshore blocks in disputed areas.

2 February 2018
The Mellitah treatment plant in Western Libya.

Bahr Essalam Phase 2 on track for May startup – NOC

Libya is hoping to bring the second phase of Bahr Essalam online far ahead of schedule, but other developments in the country are not faring as well.

31 January 2018
Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi

Eni prioritises Algerian expansion over new fields

The Italian major’s chief executive says the company will focus on expanding existing projects in North Africa.

30 January 2018
North African pipelines flows to Europe in Week 4

Algerian pipeline export decline offsets Libyan recovery

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 0.1% week on week in Week 4 as the volume of Algerian gas sent to Italy fell.

30 January 2018
An FSRU vessel

Lebanon presses on with FSRU plan

There is strong interest in installing FSRUs in Lebanon, but the country’s refusal to take on the infrastructure and supply risk may put off investors.

26 January 2018
Vassiliko power station, Cyprus

European Commission offers grant for Cypriot FSRU

Cyprus has won funding to buy an FSRU via the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility.

23 January 2018
North African pipelines flows to Europe in Week 3

Technical problems hit North African pipeline flows

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 0.5% in Week 3 from the previous week, to 922.1 MMcm.

23 January 2018
National Iranian Gas Co. at the World Gas Conference 2015.

Iran ready to send more gas to Iraq

While Iran has nearly finished building the spur from IGAT-6 to the Iraqi border, delays on Iraq's side may hold up supplies.

19 January 2018
A map of North Africa

Eni expands North African offshore presence

Eni is the only IOC to have a presence in every North African country, where its strategy is to make discoveries and then invite partners to farm in.

16 January 2018
North African pipelines flows to Europe in Week 2

Africa-Europe piped exports up despite GreenStream fall

North African pipeline exports to Europe ticked up by 0.5% week on week in Week 2 despite a reduction in GreenStream deliveries.

16 January 2018
Bu Tinah island off  the western coastline  of Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi awards offshore sour gas contracts

Abu Dhabi is looking to high-cost offshore sour gas fields to meet its future gas demand.

15 January 2018
Operational rigs in Middle East, East Med and Pakistan targeting gas in December 2017.

Middle East rig count ends 2017 on a high

The number of rigs targeting gas in the Middle East stood at 92 in December 2017, up by 4.5% from the previous month.

12 January 2018

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