Egypt’s Western Desert. Outgoing EGPC chairman Tarek al-Hadidi awarded blocks there during his tenure. (Apache) Companies & Finance

Reshuffle at EGPC and EGAS reflects Cairo’s caution

A series of management changes at Egypt’s NOCs reveals a strategy to stop individuals from gaining too much influence, analysts say.

By Doaa Farid 21 March 2017
Exploration & Production

CNPC’s South Pars gas deal imperiled by delays

China’s largest oil and gas producer, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), has been advised by Iran that it must fulfill obligations to develop Phase 11 of Iran’s South Pars Gas Field or risk cancellation of its contract, Reuters reported 18 June.

20 June 2011
Five years after Royal Dutch Shell and Qatar Petroleum made the final investment decision on the Pearl gas-to-liquids project, which saw a host of unforseen challenges, Shell can finally breathe a sigh of relief and reap the rewards. (PA) Exploration & Production

Shell's big pay off

Five years after Royal Dutch Shell and Qatar Petroleum made the final investment decision on the Pearl gas-to-liquids project, which saw a host of unforseen challenges, Shell can finally breathe a sigh of relief and reap the rewards.

15 June 2011
Iraq is taking steps to encourage foreign producers to commit gas to power projects in the country. (PA) LNG

Interview: Iraqi electricity ministry’s Ala’a Zamil

The head of independent power projects (IPPs) at Iraq’s ministry of electricity ministry, Ala’a Zamil, talks to Interfax at MEED’s 2011 Iraq power and gas projects conference.

15 June 2011

Iraq’s IPP programme ‘still alive’

Iraq’s independent power programme (IPP) “is still alive”, Ala’a Disher Zamil, the head of IPP projects at the Iraqi ministry of electricity said in Istanbul today.

13 June 2011
Exploration & Production

First products cargo from Pearl GTL

Qatar Petroleum and Royal Dutch Shell have sold the first commercial shipment of gasoil from the Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Ras Laffan, Qatar.

13 June 2011
British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the official inauguration of BP Oman's Extended Well Test Facility in Muscat. The Omani government has come under pressure this year from BP, which wants to develop the Khazzan and Makarem fields at Block 61. (PA) Supply & Demand

Muscat grapples with looming gas shortage

A significant gas exporter, accounting for nearly 4% of the world’s traded LNG, Oman is facing stark shortages in supply that threaten to wreck long-term ambitions to diversify its economy and reduc

10 June 2011
Exploration & Production

Poland’s KOV to start drilling in Syria in July

Kulczyk Oil Ventures (KOV) and its joint venture partners have executed a drilling rig contract with Sinopec for a drilling rig in Block 9 in Syria.

9 June 2011
Supply & Demand

IEA revises up world gas demand by 13%

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has revised up its forecast for global natural gas demand growth in 2035 by 13% on the previous forecast, with the majority of the growth coming from China, India and the Middle East, it said on Monday, at a press briefing in London.

6 June 2011
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Israel still awaiting Egyptian gas

Talks to resume gas exports from Egypt to Israel through the East Mediterranean Gas Pipeline are continuing, almost two months after an explosion shut the pipeline down.

3 June 2011
A general view of the city of Damascus, Syria. The Syrian energy ministry expects gas production to increase to more than 13 bcm in 2011. (PA) Exploration & Production

Syria’s plans to become regional gas hub fall short

In the context of the past few years, Syria has enjoyed a dramatic surge in gas output in the past 18 months.

3 June 2011
Exploration & Production

Israel’s Premium Holdings may buy stake in Leviathan shareholder

Israeli investment company Premium Holdings is looking into options to buy a 15% stake in Ratio Oil Exploration, which owns 15% of the giant Leviathan gas field off Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

2 June 2011
Exploration & Production

Iraq demands Shell gas deal be completed

The Iraqi government warned energy giant Royal Dutch Shell it must finalise a $12 billion gas gathering deal by next week or negotiations over the agreement would be terminated, Ahmed al-Shamma, the country’s deputy oil minister, said on 30 May.

1 June 2011
Exploration & Production

Total buys 25% of Qatari hydrocarbon exploration licence from CNOOC

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), China’s leading offshore oil producer, sold a 25% stake in a licence to explore for hydrocarbons in Qatar to France’s Total, on 29 May.

31 May 2011
Supply & Demand

GECF ministers to hold mid-year review

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) will hold its ministerial meeting in Cairo on 2 June, to review GECF work over the past six months, the GEFC told Interfax.

31 May 2011
Supply & Demand

Iraq and EU sign partnership to import gas into Europe

Iraq has committed to the long-term export of gas into Europe as part of an “enhanced strategic energy partnership”, signed in Brussels on 26 May.

31 May 2011
Policy & Regulation

Israel instructs Noble Energy not to resume drilling at Leviathan gas field

Noble Energy cannot restart drilling operations at the Leviathan natural gas field, offshore Israel, until it provides details of an early fault at the field, Israel’s infrastructure ministry said on 29 May.

31 May 2011
Exploration & Production

KOGAS ups stake in Iraq’s Akkas gas project

State-run Korea Gas Corp said, on Thursday, it has taken full ownership of the Akkas gas development in Iraq, following the withdrawal of KazMunaiGas Exploration Production from the project.

27 May 2011
Supply & Demand

Bahrain abandons Iran gas import plans

Following several years of unsuccessful negotiations, Bahrain has halted plans to import natural gas from Iran.

27 May 2011
Supply & Demand

Qatargas delivers first LNG cargo into Greece

Qatargas has delivered its first LNG cargo to Greece. The state-owned LNG producer sold the shipment to Vitol, The Netherlands-based LNG company which is acting on behalf of DEPA, the public gas supply corporation of Greece.

24 May 2011
Supply & Demand

Iraq signs deal to import 25 MMcm/d of Iran gas

Iraq's electricity ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding to import 25 million cubic metres of gas per day from Iran, a spokesperson for the ministry said on Sunday, 22 May.

23 May 2011

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