Tesla’s Model S on show in China. Dubai has ordered 200 EVs from the company. (Tesla) Alternative Fuels

Tesla taxis show shape of Dubai’s EV ambitions

Dubai is looking to take the lead in electric vehicle use in the UAE, with 200 battery-powered taxis on order from Tesla and plans for a recharging network.

By Verity Ratcliffe 27 February 2017
LNG

Middle East will change its LNG destination priorities – Vitol

The destinations for LNG deliveries in the Middle East will shift over the next few years, speakers told delegates at the IP Week conference in London

24 February 2017
Exploration & Production

Iran targets 50% increase in gas output by 2020

Iran’s gas exports are forecast to rise from 53.2 bcm in 2016 to 102.7 bcm by 2020, according to the country's Institute for International Energy Studies.

24 February 2017
Exploration & Production

Leviathan field developers finally sign FID

The companies behind the Leviathan gas field development in Israel have signed the FID for the project.

23 February 2017
The Qatargas 4 LNG plant. Qatar is considering investing abroad. (Shell) LNG

Qatari minister hints at LNG portfolio ambitions

Qatar is considering becoming a global LNG portfolio player and intends to continue to invest in LNG infrastructure in importing countries, according to its energy minister.

23 February 2017
Exploration & Production

Oman to launch licensing round in H2 2017

Oman’s Ministry of Oil and Gas plans to launch its 2017 exploration licensing round in the second half of the year.

22 February 2017
Companies & Finance

Saudi Aramco unlikely to float on Asian exchanges

Saudi Arabia is now considering listing its oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco on the New York, London or Toronto stock exchanges, but is less likely to list in Asia.

21 February 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

OPWP extends Al Kamil PPA

Oman Power and Water Procurement Co. has extended its power purchase agreement for electricity from the Al Kamil independent power project.

21 February 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Zanganeh agrees to increase Iran-Iraq gas trading

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh agreed on Monday to increase the flows of gas traded between Iran and Iraq.

21 February 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Construction begins on Iran’s Sirik gas power plant

Russia and Iran have begun building the Sirik gas-fired power plant in the city of Bandar Abbas in Iran’s Hormozgan province.

21 February 2017
Sections of the Iran-Pakistan pipeline at Chabahar, Iran, where the proposed new pipeline to India will land. (PA) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Growing optimism for Iran-Oman-India pipeline

The lifting of sanctions and technological advances have raised hopes that the Iran-Oman-India pipeline may come to fruition.

21 February 2017
LNG

Three consortiums interested in building Iran LNG – NIOC

National Iranian Oil Co. is negotiating with three consortiums to complete construction of the Iran LNG project, Ali Amirani, acting head of NIOC’s gas export division, has said.

20 February 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Iranian pipeline inauguration due by end of February

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will inaugurate a gas pipeline linking the two southeastern cities of Iranshahr and Chabahar by the end of February.

17 February 2017
Iran’s South Pars field. The country is hoping to attract $185 billion in upstream investment. (Pars O&G) Exploration & Production

Iran close to massive gas investments – ministry

Iran is expecting to make upstream deals worth up to $35 billion over the next few months, a senior government official has revealed.

17 February 2017
Policy & Regulation

Northern Iran supply continues despite Turkmengaz dispute

The pricing dispute between Turkmengaz and National Iranian Gas Co. is still unresolved, but northern Iran has not suffered, the deputy minister of trade and international affairs has told Interfax.

16 February 2017
Iran plans to invite bids for its licensing round by the end of the Iranian year. (NIOC) Exploration & Production

Iran pushes back tender as bilateral talks continue

Iran is trying to maintain interest in its first post-sanctions licensing round despite the signing of bilateral agreements and fears of deteriorating relations with the United States.

16 February 2017
Exploration & Production

Saudi Arabia’s exploration drop offset by neighbours

The number of rigs targeting gas in the Middle East ticked up by 1.1% in January as a drop in the number of active rigs in Saudi Arabia was offset by activity in Egypt, Kuwait and Oman.

16 February 2017
Companies & Finance

Dana claims third court award made to Crescent and Pearl on Kurdistan dispute

Crescent Petroleum and Pearl Petroleum Co. have received the third and final award from the London Court of International Arbitration in relation to a dispute with the Kurdistan Regional Government.

15 February 2017
LNG

IOOC signs agreement for its first FLNG facility

The Iranian Offshore Oil Co. has signed an agreement for its first FLNG facility.

15 February 2017
Exploration & Production

ADNOC aiming to double sulphur production in next 10 years

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. plans to double its sulphur production over the next decade, Omar Suwaina al-Suwaidi, ADNOC’s gas management director, has said.

14 February 2017
Exploration & Production

NIOC discoveries amount to 1.8 tcm over past three years

National Iranian Oil Co. has discovered four new oilfields and nine gas fields in the past three years.

14 February 2017

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