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.

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Höegh FSRU vessel under way

Pakistan weighs options for third FSRU

Pakistan has just installed its second regasification vessel but is already looking ahead to its next FSRU.

22 November 2017
Map showing Africa-Europe pipeline gas deliveries last week.

Africa-Europe flows fall on lower GreenStream exports

Exports of pipeline gas from North Africa to Europe dropped by 2.6% last week as deliveries from Libya to Italy fell.

21 November 2017
Tanker docked at jetty at PNG lng

PNG LNG plans to double its export capacity

Papua New Guinea’s LNG plant could eventually have a capacity of more than 16 mtpa, the head of Oil Search tells Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

21 November 2017
yuval Steinitz, israel's energy minister

Israel mulls lack of offshore interest

Israel will consider how it can make its acreage more attractive after its first offshore licensing round drew only two bidders.

16 November 2017
BP drilling in the Khazzan gas field in Oman.

Mabrouk gas field has Khazzan-scale potential – PDO

New exploration drilling has shown Oman’s Mabrouk field to be far larger than was initially thought.

16 November 2017
The skyline of Manama

Bahrain to invite pre-Khuff project bids by end-2017

Bahrain has set a deadline for final bids from service companies to develop its non-associated deep gas reserves, although IOCs are still able to submit proposals.

15 November 2017
The Bahraini interior minister talks to the emergency services following the pipeline attack

Fears of energy disruption mount in Middle East

Middle Eastern countries are trying to play down the impact of rising political tension in the region.

14 November 2017
North African pipeline imports into Europe.

North African pipeline exports to Europe tick up

North African pipeline exports to Europe rose by 1.4% in Week 45 from the previous week, to 926.9 MMcm.

14 November 2017
Jordan’s geology is underexplored compared with its neighbours. (UN)

Jordan invites interest from oil and gas explorers

A licensing round for exploration in Jordan may help break the country's reliance on imports to meet its energy needs.

13 November 2017
SNOC will moor an FSRU outside Hamriyah port.

SNOC to relocate Hamriyah FSRU, delaying FID

Sharjah National Oil Co.'s plans to relocate its FSRU outside of Hamriyah port will delay FID to next year and increase the project's costs.

10 November 2017
Operational rigs in the Middle East targeting gas in October 2017

Uptick in Egyptian drilling offset by Pakistan drop

The number of rigs targeting gas in the Middle East stood at 97 in October as greater activity in Egypt and Saudi Arabia was offset by a decline in Pakistan.

10 November 2017

US and consultancies take bulk of Power Africa aid

Almost half of the funds awarded to date under Power Africa have gone to consultancies rather than to project developers.

7 November 2017
North African pipeline imports into Europe.

Exports to Italy boost African pipeline volumes

North African pipeline exports to Europe rose by 5.6% week on week in Week 44, led by an uptick in transit to Italy.

7 November 2017
Masai children with access to electricity.

Consultancies biggest winners of Power Africa funds

Data provided by USAID shows consultancy firms and government agencies are the biggest recipients of Power Africa funds so far.

7 November 2017
Oman LNG plant with tanker

Oman to increase LNG exports in 2018

Oman is hoping to carry on boosting its LNG output next year by making improvements at its plants and ramping up output at Khazzan.

3 November 2017
Power barge moored in Lebanon

Controversy clouds Lebanon power barge plan

Lebanon’s plan to use floating power stations could be derailed because of a lack of competition.

31 October 2017
North African pipeline imports into Europe.

North African gas exports offset Trans-Med decline

North African pipeline exports to Europe stayed flat in Week 43 as a decline in transit through the Trans-Med was offset by slight increases elsewhere.

31 October 2017
A map of oil and gas resources in the disputed regions of Iraq.

IOCs continue operations as Baghdad and Erbil battle

Iraqi government forces entered territory disputed between Baghdad and the KRG on 16 October, seizing control of the Kirkuk, Baba Gurgur and Avana oilfields.

30 October 2017
North African pipeline imports into Europe.

Libyan pipeline gas to Europe offsets Algerian decline

North African pipeline exports to Europe rose by 0.3% week on week in Week 42 as Libyan exports more than compensated for a decline in Algerian gas volumes.

24 October 2017
An Eni offshore platform.

Lebanon’s licensing round result poses dilemma

Lebanon received only two bids in its long-delayed licensing round, leaving a choice between pushing on or delaying the process even further.

17 October 2017

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