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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Construction work on the Iran LNG project.

Iran LNG negotiations dragging on

Three consortiums are in the running to complete Iran LNG, but the price of feed gas is only one of the potential difficulties.

25 September 2017
North Africa pipeline flows

GreenStream and Maghreb-Europe growth offsets falls

North African pipeline exports to Europe rose by 3.9% week on week in Week 37, to 505.1 MMcm.

19 September 2017
Operational rigs in the Middle East targeting gas in August 2017

Kuwait, Pakistan drilling balances drop elsewhere in Middle East

The number of rigs targeting gas fell in Oman and Egypt in August, but rose in Kuwait and Pakistan.

15 September 2017
Parliamentary address by Michel Aoun, president of Lebanon

Lebanon licensing round schedule hinges on tax law

A parliamentary vote next week will determine the timeline for Lebanon’s long-awaited licensing round.

15 September 2017
A gas rig in the Khazzan field

Oman to invite bids for exploration licences

Oman is confident the onshore blocks it is offering will attract a high level of interest.

12 September 2017
Map showing Africa-Europe pipeline gas deliveries last week.

North African pipeline volumes to Europe fall by 12%

Pipeline gas exports from North Africa to Europe were down to 486 MMcm last week as Italian deliveries dropped.

12 September 2017
Aerial view of the Yemen LNG plant at Balhaf.

Yemen LNG preparing for restart – sources

Repairs to the pipeline linking the Balhaf liquefaction plant to its gas fields pave the way for LNG to start flowing again.

8 September 2017
Map showing pipeline flows from North Africa to Europe

Volumes to Europe rise on all North African pipelines

North African pipeline exports to Europe were up by 26% last week, to 554.6 MMcm, as all four pipelines delivered more gas

5 September 2017

Oman lines up exploration round with long-term view

Oman is hoping its forthcoming licensing round will help it expand its gas industry.

1 September 2017

Algerian growth boosts Africa-Europe pipeline exports

North African pipeline exports to Europe rose by 22.1% in Week 34 as higher Algerian exports more than offset declines from Libya.

29 August 2017

GCCIA prepares to launch electricity exchange

The chief executive of the GCC’s interconnector authority talks to Interfax Natural Gas Daily about how the region hopes to boost power trading.

25 August 2017

NIOC no longer in talks for FLNG vessels – sources

National Iranian Oil Co. has ended discussions with FLNG providers after disagreements over gas quality, sources close to the talks say.

22 August 2017

North African pipeline flows to Europe drop 8%

Exports fell to 360.4 MMcm as deliveries declined via all Africa-Europe pipelines.

22 August 2017

Israeli plans will determine Turkish gas hub success

Waning interest from Israel in a pipeline to Turkey is undermining Ankara’s plans to become a regional gas hub.

18 August 2017

Egypt’s gas law receives final approval

Egypt’s president has approved the country’s new gas law, which aims to break the state monopoly on marketing gas.

11 August 2017

Middle East gas rig count edges downwards in July

The number of rigs targeting gas in the Middle East fell by 1% in July from the previous month, to 98, with the largest month-on-month drop occurring in Pakistan.

11 August 2017

Eni speeds up Bahr Essalam expansion

Libya’s improving political situation will help entice IOCs back to the war-torn country, but it still has much work to do.

8 August 2017

Volumes to Europe fall on all North African pipelines

North African pipeline gas exports to Europe fell by 12.8% in Week 31 from the previous week, to 406.4 MMcm.

8 August 2017

Iran opens pipeline in hope of cutting Turkmen reliance

The new connection will supply Iran's northern provinces, but Tehran may still find it difficult to cut its energy ties with Turkmenistan.

7 August 2017

Qatar says gas and LNG sales holding steady

Qatar has said its revenue from gas and LNG sales has not been affected by sanctions, but the reality may be more complex.

1 August 2017

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