Operational rigs in Middle East, East Med and Pakistan targeting gas in November 2017. Exploration & Production

Saudi Arabia leads drilling slowdown in Middle East

The number of operational rigs targeting gas across the Middle East, East Mediterranean and Pakistan fell marginally in November from the previous month.

By Tom Hoskyns 8 December 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Egypt and Cyprus to begin Aphrodite pipeline talks

Egyptian and Cypriot officials have agreed to begin talks on the construction of a pipeline to transport gas from fields in Cyprus to Egypt

22 November 2017
Exploration & Production

McDermott International wins Safaniya EPC contract

Saudi Aramco has awarded a contract to United-States-based McDermott International for onshore and offshore EPC and installation services for the Safaniya oilfield.

22 November 2017
Companies & Finance

Total will lose all its investment if it leaves South Pars deal – Zanganeh

Total will lose all of its investment if it exits a deal with Iran to develop Phase 11 of South Pars, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has said.

22 November 2017
Global Markets

US cannot pressure Total to leave NIOC deal – Zanganeh

Total should not exit its gas deal with National Iranian Oil Co. because of pressure from the United States, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has said.

20 November 2017
Global Markets

Lebanon being intimidated away from Russian gas contract – foreign minister

Attempts are being made to intimidate Lebanon and thwart a shelf gas contract with Russia, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has said.

20 November 2017
yuval Steinitz, israel's energy minister Exploration & Production

Israel mulls lack of offshore interest

Israel will consider how it can make its acreage more attractive after its first offshore licensing round drew only two bidders.

16 November 2017
BP drilling in the Khazzan gas field in Oman. Exploration & Production

Mabrouk gas field has Khazzan-scale potential – PDO

New exploration drilling has shown Oman’s Mabrouk field to be far larger than was initially thought.

16 November 2017
Exploration & Production

Total uncertain of South Pars future as US threatens sanctions

Total has said it will be forced to re-examine its deal with Iran to develop Phase 11 of the South Pars gas field if the United States re-imposes sanctions.

15 November 2017
Exploration & Production

Qatar Petroleum to acquire stake in Oman block

Qatar Petroleum will acquire a 30% participating interest in the exploration and production sharing agreement for Block 52 offshore Oman.

15 November 2017
The skyline of Manama Exploration & Production

Bahrain to invite pre-Khuff project bids by end-2017

Bahrain has set a deadline for final bids from service companies to develop its non-associated deep gas reserves, although IOCs are still able to submit proposals.

15 November 2017
Supply & Demand

Egypt bans gas imports from Israel

Companies in Egypt will not be allowed to import gas from Israel until arbitration cases between the two are resolved, Egypt’s energy minister has said.

15 November 2017
Exploration & Production

Lebanese crisis will not affect licensing round – minister

Lebanon’s political crisis will not affect its oil and gas licensing round, Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil has said.

15 November 2017
Exploration & Production

Eni signs exploration and production-sharing agreement with Oman

Italy’s Eni signed an exploration and production-sharing agreement with Oman Oil Co. and the government of Oman for the country’s Block 52 on Tuesday.

14 November 2017
The Bahraini interior minister talks to the emergency services following the pipeline attack Global Markets

Fears of energy disruption mount in Middle East

Middle Eastern countries are trying to play down the impact of rising political tension in the region.

14 November 2017
Exploration & Production

Lebanese energy minister calls for technical discussions in licensing round

Lebanon’s energy and water minister has asked companies bidding in the country’s first licensing round to start technical discussions.

13 November 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Saudi Arabia backs TAPI pipeline

Saudi Arabia has expressed its support for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline.

13 November 2017
Jordan’s geology is underexplored compared with its neighbours. (UN) Exploration & Production

Jordan invites interest from oil and gas explorers

A licensing round for exploration in Jordan may help break the country's reliance on imports to meet its energy needs.

13 November 2017
LNG

Petronet considers role in Qatari LNG expansion

India’s Petronet LNG is eyeing a stake in the planned LNG expansion projects in Qatar as the company seeks to diversify its portfolio.

10 November 2017
Exploration & Production

Oman’s Khazzan field officially inaugurated

The first phase of Oman’s giant Khazzan gas field was officially inaugurated on Thursday after gas production started in September.

10 November 2017
Exploration & Production

Haradh and Hawiyah gas project contracts signed

Saudi Aramco has signed agreements with companies to carry out work on the Haradh and Hawiyah gas projects.

10 November 2017

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