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James Gavin

Middle East specialist
Al-Hosn gas complex, Abu Dhabi

UAE moves gas expansion centre stage

The company is doubling down on developing its largely untapped gas reservoirs, although costs and technological challenges persist.

10 hours ago Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Turkey's Yavuz drillship.

Positions hardening in Cyprus offshore drilling dispute

A meeting in Berlin on 25 November will aim to address the dispute over drilling offshore Cyprus, but the chances of a speedy resolution remain slim.

14 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production
Anti-government protester in Lebanon standing in from of burning tires blocking roads.

Lebanon hastens offshore exploration campaign

Lebanon’s embattled political elites need to show a sceptical public that progress is being made in tapping offshore oil and gas blocks, but blaming IOCs looks wide of the mark.

14 November 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A gas compression station in Libya.

Libyan gas revival gathers steam

The conflict-afflicted North African country is starting to build up its gas production, offering greater stability of supply to domestic and international offtakers.

11 November 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A gas platform offshore Saudi Arabia

Gas expansion key to Saudi Aramco’s IPO

The Saudi NOC has spent recent months flagging up its gas expansion plans in a move to attract investors for its planned stock market listing.

7 November 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Suez Cement plant, El Minya, Egypt

Middle East shies away from gas price reform

With few exceptions, the MENA region has failed to increase gas prices to a level that makes exploration and production economically viable.

31 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Street protests in Iraq.

Baghdad wins fresh gas import sanctions waiver

The US has decided to allow Iraq to buy gas from Iran for a further four months, ensuring vital supplies to the Iraqi electricity sector.

18 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
South Pars Phase 12

Tehran must go it alone to develop discoveries

Iran will have to rely on domestic resources to develop its new fields as appetite from foreign investors has dwindled as a result of US sanctions.

17 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Russian President Vladimir Putin with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Lukoil’s Ghasha stake boosts UAE’s sour gas plans

The arrival of the Russian company completes the tendering process for the concession and is positive for the UAE’s plans to commercialise its technically challenging offshore reserves.

16 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A Qatargas LNG vessel

MEA’s thirst for cheap US LNG sees growth

Countries in the MENA have ramped up LNG imports from the United States, which offers a cheaper and less politically sensitive alternative to buying piped gas from regional rivals.

10 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
The Ras Laffan LNG plant in Qatar

Gulf energy sector faces renewed vulnerability

The attacks on Saudi energy installations last month has highlighted the increasingly gas-hungry region’s susceptibility to a deteriorating security climate.

3 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Turkey's Yavuz drillship at a Turkish port in Kocaeli province.

Ankara mulls new moves after Eni-Total deal in Cyprus

Tensions in Cyprus are set to rise following Turkey’s angry reaction to the signing of an exploration agreement for disputed waters off the southern coast of the island.

1 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A drillship in the Leviathan field

Israel's export hopes face new obstacles

The partners behind the offshore Leviathan gas field development must overcome concerns over security and demand before gas sales to Egypt get under way.

26 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
Taq Taq field in Iraq

Iraq ponders gas options amid US pressure

As regional tensions mount, Iraq faces a battle to protect its import agreement with Iran as domestic gas demand keeps rising.

19 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
Ex Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih

Saudi’s gas future unclear after Falih sacking

The ousting of Saudi Arabia’s energy minister has raised serious questions about the future some of his pet projects

12 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
Skyscrapers in Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut eyes FSRU as power plans advance

Lebanon is planning to kickstart an ambitious gas-fired power expansion, but it must first answer questions over how it will integrate LNG supplies with the new plants.

5 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
A Qatari gas plant

Qatar to expand LNG output as market tightens

Qatar Petroleum is planning to expand domestic production in tandem with a growing list of overseas assets in anticipation of a tighter LNG market post 2020.

29 August 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
Drilling at Genel Energy's Miran project in Iraq

Kurds face slow going as export plans struggle for lift-off

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s gas plans have been scaled back, with lower volumes and more relaxed timelines expected.

16 August 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A drillship at work in the Leviathan field

Leviathan players re-examine FLNG option

With rival FEED bids invited for the construction of an FLNG facility, the developers of Israel’s largest gas field believe they can find global buyers where local and regional options are limited.

8 August 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
A rig in Iran's South Pars project

Tehran keeps gas flowing under the US’s watch

Iranian gas exports to Iraq are being allowed to continue as the US gets tough on its oil exports.

25 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand

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