Gas flaring in Iraq. The country is aiming to make better use of its associated gas. (PA) Exploration & Production

Iraq plans new gas processing drive

Iraq is aiming to boost its production of associated gas and reduce flaring, but it needs to build new infrastructure to do so, experts say.

By Verity Ratcliffe 23 May 2017
The Lebanese flag. The tax law needs to be updated before the tender round can progress. (Theen Moy/Flickr) Exploration & Production

Beirut hopes to pass updated tax law by end-May

Lebanon may be on the verge of passing legislation that will clear the way for its offshore licensing round, but hurdles to investment remain.

10 May 2017
Exploration & Production

Qatar calls for coordinated South Pars/North Dome output

Qatar has called for the establishment of a committee comprising Qatari and Iranian officials to coordinate output from the South Pars/North Dome gas field.

8 May 2017
Iran lags behind Qatar in the South Pars field, but may soon catch up. (Pars O&G) Exploration & Production

Iran ruffles feathers with ‘border fields first’ policy

Iran’s latest push to explore and develop its border oil and gas fields risks reigniting old tensions with its neighbours.

5 May 2017
A gas-fired power plant in Turkey. The country aims to cut the role of gas in the energy mix to 30% by 2023. (Enerjisa) LNG

Falling gas demand helps Turkey look long term

Turkey’s success in cutting gas demand is giving the country the opportunity to make improvements to its infrastructure.

5 May 2017
Companies & Finance

Northern Gas Co. deputy manager killed in Kirkuk

A deputy manager at Iraq’s Northern Gas Co. has been shot and killed in Kirkuk.

4 May 2017
Alternative Fuels

Statoil interested in Algerian renewables – minister

Statoil is interested in investing in solar and wind projects in Algeria, Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Børge Brende said after meeting his Algerian counterpart.

4 May 2017
Exploration & Production

Saudi Arabia will hold on to reserves after Saudi Aramco IPO

Saudi Arabia will retain full ownership of its oil and gas reserves even after the kingdom carries out an IPO for Saudi Aramco, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said.

4 May 2017
Companies & Finance

Kuwait Energy to list on LSE

Middle East and North Africa-focused Kuwait Energy intends to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange.

4 May 2017
A Qatargas LNG vessel. Qatar will need to find buyers for its additional gas volumes. (Qatargas) LNG

Middle East LNG sources uncertain after 2020

Middle Eastern LNG importers have yet to secure supplies for beyond 2020, and while this may allow buyers to take advantage of lower prices, the lack of certainty is a concern.

3 May 2017
Exploration & Production

Aramco picks SNC-Lavalin for Abu Ali FEED work

Saudi Aramco has selected SNC-Lavalin to carry out FEED for a new gas oil separation facility at the Abu Ali gas plant.

2 May 2017
Exploration & Production

KPC set to start Kuwaiti drilling by year-end

Kuwait Petroleum Corp. intends to start drilling off Kuwait at the end of 2017.

2 May 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Israel could be exporting gas to Turkey within four years – official

Israel could start exporting gas to Turkey within the next three or four years, according to an Israeli energy official.

2 May 2017
Companies & Finance

Court rules against Egyptian energy firms – IEC

A court in Switzerland has upheld a ruling that Egyptian state energy companies should pay $2 billion in compensation to Israel Electric Corp.

2 May 2017
RasGas is working to bring the Barzan project online. (PA) Exploration & Production

RasGas still grappling with Barzan problems

Technical issues are set to further delay the startup of Qatar’s Barzan gas project, but reduced demand may be also be a factor.

2 May 2017
Exploration & Production

Kuwait Energy begins drilling at Abu Sennan

Kuwait Energy has started drilling in Egypt’s Abu Sennan concession.

26 April 2017
Exploration & Production

Gas production at Absheron to start in late 2019 or early 2020

Gas production at the Absheron field in Azerbaijan’s sector of the Caspian Sea is scheduled to begin in late 2019 or early 2020.

26 April 2017
Exploration & Production

Delek to sell Tamar stake

Delek Group intends to sell a 10% stake in the Tamar field offshore Israel.

26 April 2017
State power utility Saudi Electricity Co. is currently the only offtaker of power in Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Electricity Co.) Policy & Regulation

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.

26 April 2017
Companies & Finance

Saudi Aramco worth less than initial estimates

Saudi Aramco is worth at least $500 billion less than it previously thought, senior company officials have said.

25 April 2017
Exploration & Production

Iran and Total to sign South Pars Phase 11 deal

Iran will sign a deal with Total for Phase 11 of South Pars within the next month, Iran’s Deputy Oil Minister for International Affairs and Trade Amir Hossein Zamaninia has said.

25 April 2017

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