State power utility Saudi Electricity Co. is currently the only offtaker of power in Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Electricity Co.) Alternative Fuels

Saudi Arabia presses on with power privatisation

Saudi Arabia’s power sector reforms will shift the state power utility into the role of system operator, but the constant changes are taking their toll.

By Verity Ratcliffe 26 April 2017
Supply & Demand

PKK attacks to have 'zero influence' on Turkey’s gas policy

Iran remains “a very import gas supplier,” to Turkey, despite the risk of sabotage on the Iran-Turkey gas pipeline, the head of the Turkish Parliament's Energy Committee Mahmut Mucahit Findikli, was quoted as saying by Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency on Saturday.

22 August 2011
Qatar has earned its stripes in the past 10 years as a trusted supplier to global markets, meeting agreed deadlines on a regular basis. (PA) LNG

Doha looks to south-east Asia for new markets

With LNG demand faltering in the Atlantic Basin because of shale gas production, Qatar has set its sights on south-east Asia, capitalising on the growing demand in these markets and delay in Australian LNG projects.

22 August 2011
Supply & Demand

Iran resumes gas exports to Turkey

Iran has resumed its natural gas exports to Turkey after a week-long pause, following an explosion on the pipeline, the Iranian Oil Ministry’s website, SHANA, reported on Friday.

19 August 2011
LNG

Iraq receives three bids for Taji power plant

Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries has submitted a $463 million bid to build a 1,014 megawatt gas-fired power plant in Iraq, a company spokesperson told Interfax on Thursday.

18 August 2011
Supply & Demand

Israel will not follow Jordan’s lead to up Egyptian gas price

Jordan has agreed to a hike in the price it pays for Egyptian gas, and Khaled Touqan, Jordan’s minister of energy, will soon leave for Cairo to sign new contracts, according to Jordanian daily Al-Arab Al-Youm.

18 August 2011
Exploration & Production

Syria hits new gas find, as HRW calls for a crackdown on government oil and gas operations

The Syrian oil ministry has announced the discovery of a new gas field in central Syria, while the United States and EU explore options to crack down on President Bashar al-Asad’s brutal regime.

18 August 2011
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in 2008. (PA) Exploration & Production

Iran-Pakistan Pipeline – meeting the challenges

The Iran-Pakistan pipeline is riddled with political, financial and technical complications. In the first of this two-part feature, Leigh Elston looks at the challenges of developing one of the region’s most ambitious and controversial projects from both the Iranian and Pakistani perspectives.

18 August 2011
Supply & Demand

Dubai needs ‘mentality change’ to address rising power demand

Dubai will appoint an energy consultant by the end of 2011 to design a new gas strategy to slash the emirate’s energy demand, the Supreme Council of Energy (SCE) said on Tuesday.

17 August 2011
Companies & Finance

Iraq gas-gathering project to cost $17 billion

The Basra Gas Company is expected to produce 2 billion cubic feet per day of gas from its gas-gathering project in southern Iraq, according to an official agreement summary obtained by Dow Jones Newswires Tuesday.

16 August 2011
Exploration & Production

Iran threatens to expel CNPC as South Pars development stalls

Iran has warned China’s CNPC that it will seize control of the South Pars Phase 11 project if it doesn’t speed up development of the field.

15 August 2011
Exploration & Production

Turkey urges Washington to postpone natural gas drilling plans in East Mediterranean

In the on-going ownership row over the eastern-Mediterranean gas fields, Turkey escalated tensions on 14 August by urging Washington to postpone natural gas drilling in the area.

15 August 2011
Exploration & Production

China buckling under US pressure to withdraw from Iran

As China shows signs of withdrawing from the country’s gas sector, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called again for the complete nationalisation of Iran’s oil industry.

11 August 2011
Exploration & Production

Iraq approves 41 companies for fourth bidding round

Iraq has approved 41 companies for participation in its fourth energy bidding round scheduled for January 2012.

8 August 2011
LNG

Iraqi Electricity Minister fired and under investigation

Iraq’s Electricity Minister Raad Shalal has been fired by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and is under investigation for authorising two deals to supply diesel generators in Iraq, worth $1,7 billion, that violated government contracting guidelines.

8 August 2011
Exploration & Production

Firms stay in Iran but cautious with investments

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a report identifying 16 foreign firms still “commercially active” in Iran’s oil and gas sector between 2010 and 2011, despite US sanctions.

8 August 2011
Policy & Regulation

Algerian court fines Nabors $39.1m in forex dispute

US drilling company Nabors Drilling International has been fined $39.1 million by an Algerian court due to alleged violations of Algeria’s foreign currency exchange controls, it said on Tuesday.

3 August 2011
LNG

Israel's National Planning Council approves floating LNG terminal plan

Israel's National Planning Council has given the final go ahead to develop a floating LNG terminal off the coast of Hadera, the council said on Wednesday.

3 August 2011
Exploration & Production

Development plan for Israel’s Noa North gas field approved

The Yam Thetis consortium has approved the $212 million budget and development programme for the Noa North gas field, located 25 km off the coast of Israel.

2 August 2011
Companies & Finance

Dana Gas dispute will not affect gas volumes delivered in Egypt

Dana Gas is holding discussions with the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (E-Gas) over differences in its Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) clauses, a company spokesperson told Interfax Tuesday.

2 August 2011
EU Energy Policy

Hopes high for new Iraqi oil and gas law

A new Iraqi oil and gas law could be in place by the end of the year, a source familiar with matter exclusively told Interfax.

1 August 2011

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