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Policy & Regulation
The Egyptian LNG plant in Idku

Egyptian award could restart Damietta LNG exports

A resolution to the dispute between Union Fenosa Gas and the Egyptian government could see LNG exports resume from the Damietta plant.

12 September 2018 Exploration & Production
Angolan President João Lourenço.

All change as Sonangol loses concession-granting role

A new regulator will take over the licensing, management and supervision of blocks from 2019 as Angola grapples with declining oil and gas output.

10 September 2018 Exploration & Production
A coal-fired power plant in Israel.

Israel’s power reforms set to boost gas consumption

The opening-up of Israel's electricity sector to competition will increase the country's demand for gas.

29 August 2018 Policy & Regulation

Riyadh sets 40-year limit on Aramco’s rights to oil and gas fields

Saudi Arabia has set a limit to the time that Saudi Aramco has exclusive rights to the kingdom’s oil and gas fields

28 August 2018 Policy & Regulation
Artist's impression of an FPSO in the Karish and Tanin fields

Israeli gas reforms set to disappoint IOCs

Israel's interim proposal to revamp its domestic gas supply obligation is likely to do little to attract international players.

14 August 2018 Exploration & Production
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana minister dismissal shows energy mismanagement

The sacking of Boakye Agyarko, following a negative reaction to his renegotiation of a power plant deal, reveals problems in the state's management of the energy sector.

13 August 2018 Policy & Regulation
US President Donald Trump

US prioritises pressure on Russia over Iran sanctions

The latest US measures suggest Washington is more willing to put pressure on Russia than punish Iran.

9 August 2018 Policy & Regulation

Turkey to continue gas imports from Iran – Dönmez

Turkey will continue to import gas from Iran according to its long-term contract despite United States sanctions.

8 August 2018 Supply & Demand
Phases 6-8 of Iran’s South Pars project

New US sanctions on Iran will heighten trade worries

Unilateral action by the US in its latest round of sanctions against Iran risks further straining relations with international trading partners.

8 August 2018 Exploration & Production
South Pars Phase 12

Energy battle lines drawn on US-Iran divide

US sanctions have forced western companies out of Iran, but Russian and Chinese companies have an opportunity to fill the void.

27 July 2018 Policy & Regulation
The eastern districts in Old Tripoli, Lebanon

Companies to bid on Lebanon FSRUs as doubts linger

Lebanon's energy ministry wants to start importing LNG as soon as possible, but the country's political situation could complicate matters.

17 July 2018 LNG
Donald Trump signing withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal

Iran-Oman-India pipeline in limbo after US action

The return of sanctions against Tehran threatens the future of the SAGE project, making it difficult for the company to find financiers and pipeline contractors.

12 July 2018 Policy & Regulation
operations offshore Mozambique

Mozambique removes last obstacle to new exploration

The government has exempted IOCs from a rule requiring oil and gas concessionaires to list on the local stock exchange.

11 July 2018 Policy & Regulation

Israeli court dismisses environmental concerns at Karish-Tanin

Israel’s Supreme Court has dismissed a petition submitted by two environmental groups against the Karish-Tanin development.

5 July 2018 Policy & Regulation
Macky Sall with Emmanual Macron

African Petroleum seeks mediation over Senegal dispute

African Petroleum’s appeal against the repossession of its Senegalese blocks has put the spotlight on the country’s management of its upstream sector.

2 July 2018 Exploration & Production

Ghana’s public watchdog flags unsustainable debts

The Volta River Authority, Ghana’s largest electricity utility, owes Ghana Gas $750 million according to a new assessment by the country’s Public Interest and Accountability Committee

27 June 2018 Policy & Regulation
Mwanza in Tanzania

Cross-border militancy raises alarm for Tanzania LNG

Attacks by insurgents have stalled early works on LNG projects in Mozambique, but do not yet pose a threat to Tanzania.

22 June 2018 LNG
A well in the Etinde field

Cameroon pursues second FLNG amid security issues

Cameroon has signed an agreement to install a second FLNG vessel, but the security situation in the country is a growing cause for concern.

14 June 2018 LNG

Orca hits back at Tanzanian parliament claims

Orca Exploration Group, the operator of Tanzania’s Songo Songo gas field, has disputed claims made in a new report on the upstream gas sector by the country’s parliament.

8 June 2018 Policy & Regulation
A Qatargas LNG vessel

Qatar crisis has limited impact on gas exports

Qatar’s diplomatic spat with its Middle Eastern neighbours has entered its second year, but the overall effect on the country’s exports has been limited.

8 June 2018 Supply & Demand

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