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Latin American rig count rebounds to 2016 levels

Latin America's rig count has returned to the level it was at two years ago.

19 October 2018
E.on trading floor

Blockchain in energy: after the hype

Distributed ledger technology is becoming more established, but it is still hard for energy firms to see how they can use it.

16 October 2018

Extra Egyptian rig offsets Saudi decline in September

The number of rigs drilling for gas in the Middle East remained stable at 93 last month, with Saudi Arabia losing a rig and Egypt adding one.

12 October 2018
The Badra gas processing plant in Iraq.

US stance on Iran threatens Iraq’s electricity sector

Iraq needs Iranian gas imports to fuel its power plants, but looming US sanctions are threatening these supplies and could provoke unrest.

12 October 2018
A cargo ship and oil tanker docked at Hodeida, Yemen

When will Yemen restart LNG exports?

Yemen's pipeline security committee was able to facilitate the export of an oil cargo in August, raising hopes for LNG exports from the country.

9 October 2018

Africa-Europe piped exports up 3.1% on Italian demand

Italian imports offset lower flows of Algerian gas to Spain last week, with volumes via the Maghreb pipeline down by 40%.

9 October 2018
A Turkish warship in the Mediterranean.

Cyprus seeks IOCs to explore Block 7

The offshore block is in an area disputed with Turkey, but Ankara is unlikely to repeat its tactic of direct confrontation.

5 October 2018
The British Innovator LNG tanker

Bahrain prepares to tap LNG market for first delivery

Bahrain will turn to the spot market to supply its upcoming LNG project, which is due to be completed soon.

2 October 2018

African pipeline flows to Europe up by nearly 19%

A 54.1% rise in exports via the Trans-Med pipeline helped boost Africa-Europe flows by 18.9% last week.

2 October 2018
An LNG plant in Qatar.

Qatar LNG expansion further blow to future US exports

Qatar will boost its liquefaction capacity to 110 mtpa in an effort to defend its market share, a move that will worsen the prospects of early-stage US LNG projects.

28 September 2018
A compressor station on the Medgaz pipeline in Beni Saf, Algeria

Medgaz partners work on pipeline expansion plan

The pipeline’s operators are looking to capitalise on the recovery in Spanish gas demand.

25 September 2018

Gas flows fall on Medgaz and GreenStream pipelines

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 13.5% on the Medgaz and 12% on GreenStream last week, dragging down overall flows by 3.3%.

25 September 2018

Latin American rig count dips slightly in August

Drilling for gas dropped by a single rig in Latin America during August, leaving 16 wells in operation.

21 September 2018
Drilling offshore Egypt

Zohr ramp-up leads Egypt to make gas supply changes

Egypt is making big plans for its gas sector as the country’s domestic output increases.

20 September 2018
Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanon mulls licensing changes ahead of Round 2

Lebanon may scrap a requirement to secure approvals from its Council of Ministers before the country’s second licensing round.

19 September 2018

Italian imports boost Africa-Europe pipeline flows

North African pipeline exports to Europe increased last week, driven by higher Italian imports.

18 September 2018
An LNG carrier carrying an Algerian cargo

Algeria focuses on optimising gas export infrastructure

Algeria hopes to boost its gas exports by expanding and adding to its existing infrastructure, but rising domestic demand has capped exported volumes.

17 September 2018
Electricity pylons near the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

GCCIA scales down power exchange plans

The revised version of the GCC’s power exchange will handle smaller volumes and fewer products, but will be cheaper and will grow with the market.

11 September 2018

North Africa-Europe pipeline flows up by 7.7%

North Africa is continuing to send increasing volumes of gas to Europe, with exports up on three of the four major pipelines.

11 September 2018
An offshore drilling rig

QP and Chevron exit Moroccan offshore – ONHYM

Two more companies have abandoned their acreage off Morocco, but other explorers are more optimistic

6 September 2018

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