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
A drillship offshore Egypt.

EGAS waits for approvals to invite Med exploration bids

Egypt intends to offer 10-11 western Mediterranean blocks in a new licensing round, but the timing of the tender remains uncertain.

19 April 2018
Offshore exploration in Egypt.

Shell takes FID on Phase 9B of West Delta Deep Marine

The final investment decision on Phase 9B marks Shell's return to offshore Egypt, and more investment is likely to follow.

18 April 2018
North African pipelines flows to Europe in Week 15

Spain offsets fall in Italy’s African pipeline gas imports

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 0.1% week on week in Week 15, to 634.8 MMcm.

17 April 2018
Aerial picture of Gaza.

Israel-Gaza gas talks to start soon – Palestinian minister

The chairman of the Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority updates Interfax Natural Gas Daily on the progress of the proposed Gas for Gaza pipeline.

17 April 2018
Ras al-Khaimah in the UAE.

Ras al-Khaimah invites exploration bids

The UAE's northernmost emirate has opened bids for its onshore and offshore acreage, and is expected to draw interest from companies already operating in the Gulf state.

4 April 2018
North African pipelines flows to Europe in Week 13

African pipeline exports to Europe down on all routes

Exports of pipeline gas from North Africa to Europe fell by 8.1% in Week 13 as deliveries declined via all connections.

3 April 2018
Map of exploration activity in East Mediterranean.

Exploration activity steps up in East Mediterranean

Big finds in the East Mediterranean have prompted exploration across the region.

3 April 2018
North African pipelines flows to Europe in Week 12

Italian imports lead African pipeline gas growth

North African pipeline exports to Europe rose by 1.7% in Week 12, to 981.0 MMcm, as a result of higher Italian imports.

27 March 2018
A storage tank in Oman.

Oman confirms Mabrouk gas field potential

The Mabrouk field has been described as having the same potential as Oman’s giant Khazzan development.

26 March 2018
Exxon's drillship docked at Cyprus

Exxon and Turkey send vessels to explore off Cyprus

The heightened tension in the East Mediterranean shows no sign of easing as more drillships head to Cypriot waters.

23 March 2018
Map infographic showing Middle East gas rig count

Middle East gas rig count hits 100 in February

The number of rigs targeting gas in the Middle East rose by 7.5% last month compared with January.

23 March 2018
An LNG carrier at Ras Laffan in Qatar.

Qatar crisis raises dispute resolution questions

Arbitration expert Gordon Nardell talks to Interfax Natural Gas Daily about the effect Qatar’s diplomatic crisis could have on dispute resolution.

20 March 2018
Map showing pipeline gas flows from Africa to Europe

North African pipeline volumes edge downwards

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 0.8% last week from the previous week, to 964.9 MMcm.

20 March 2018
Mike Pompeo, former CIA director and now US secretary of state.

Trump’s pick of Pompeo is a blow to IOCs eyeing Iran

The appointment of Mike Pompeo as US secretary of state has raised fresh concerns about the future of the Iran nuclear deal.

14 March 2018
The skyline of Tripoli, Lebanon

Lebanon to receive onshore services proposal in March

Eni, Total and Novatek are expected to submit their plan for an onshore exploration base by the end of the month.

13 March 2018
Map infographic showing pipeline gas flows from Africa to Europe

Trans-Med leads decline in Algerian pipeline exports

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 2.1% in Week 10, to 972.3 MMcm, as a result of lower Algerian volumes.

13 March 2018
An oil refinery in Iraq

Iraq preparing new oil and gas contracting model

The terms of Iraq’s new contracting model are crucial if the country is to keep IOCs interested.

7 March 2018
A Saudi Aramco gas processing facility.

The rise of NOC-NOC partnerships

Middle Eastern NOCs are joining with their Asian counterparts as they look for new ways to secure demand. But such partnerships face challenges, says EY’s Paul Navratil.

6 March 2018
Map showing pipeline gas flows from Africa to Europe

Cold weather boosts African pipeline exports to Italy

North African pipeline flows to Europe rose by 5.3% last week as deliveries increased in response to the icy blast that swept across the continent.

6 March 2018
A gas plant in Iraq.

Iraqi government looks to promote gas processing hubs

Baghdad plans to develop new gas processing capacity, but security issues and other obstacles stand in its way.

5 March 2018

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