Middle East states and IOCs tread carefully

Companies are having to work hard to uphold their contracts during the ongoing diplomatic row in the Middle East
The Qatargas 4 LNG plant. IOCs are treading carefully in Qatar. (Shell)

Qatar is doing its best to present itself as a reliable energy partner that upholds its contracts in the midst of the diplomatic row with its neighbours. The countries that have taken a position against Qatar are attempting the same, while IOCs are treading carefully to avoid disqualifying themselves from future opportunities.

“The rhetoric from Qatar has been very much about respecting contracts and saying [it] wouldn’t stoop to the level of playing politics with [its] energy relationships,” Kristian Coates-Ulrichsen, Middle East fellow at Rice University’s...

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