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James Gavin

Middle East specialist
Qatargas LNG plant

Qatar-Kuwait deal sets tone for Gulf cooperation

The 15-year LNG supply deal between Qatar and Kuwait could in time lay the foundation for a Gulf Cooperation Council integrated gas market, centred around expanding Qatari supply in the region.

2 days ago Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
FPSO in the Karish and Tanin fields offshore Israel

East Med seeks to revive gas export ambitions

The highly ambitious EastMed project faces sizeable commercial and political risks but reinforces the burgeoning relationship between East Mediterranean allies Greece, Israel and Cyprus.

9 January 2020 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
Turkey's Erdogan meeting Libya's al-Sarraj

Turkish policies frustrate East Mediterranean gas plans

A new pact between Turkey and Libya will complicate efforts by other resource holders to cooperate on regional energy projects.

19 December 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
LNG tanker at Ras Laffan in Qatar

Qatar’s rivals face up to LNG expansion challenge

In the context of an oversupplied market, Qatar’s decision to ramp up production from the North Field represents a bold challenge to other LNG suppliers in the region.

12 December 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A field of solar photo-voltaic panels that form part of a solar park in Dubai, UAE

Middle East gas-to-power growth trumps renewables

Countries in the region are outbidding each other with ambitious renewables targets, but it is gas-to-power that is making the difference on the ground.

5 December 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
ELNG, Idku, Egypt

Egypt faces struggle in push for hub status

Egypt has struggled to find interested customers for its LNG cargoes, which could quell the impetus to boost production from its Idku and Damietta plants.

28 November 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Drilling in Algeria.

Tunisia and Morocco see uptick in domestic production

North Africa’s less-endowed resource holders are looking to boost domestic gas activity in a move to curb the surging cost of Algerian gas imports.

26 November 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
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.

21 November 2019 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

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