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James Gavin

Middle East specialist
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.

Yesterday 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.

2 days ago 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.

3 days ago 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
Turkey's Yavuz drillship docked near Istanbul

Turkish drilling rattles East Med equilibrium

Turkey is sending a second drillship into Cypriot waters in a bid to increase its presence in the East Mediterranean.

18 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Egypt's Idku LNG plant.

Cairo’s hub dream faces new Israeli challenge

Israel may not be able to supply Egypt with pipeline gas volumes until early 2020, which could derail Egypt's hopes of becoming a Mediterranean gas hub.

4 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
Lebanon's president and the US assistant secretary of state for near-eastern affairs in a meeting.

US hauls Israel and Lebanon to negotiating table

A diplomatic breakthrough could lead to Israel and Lebanon negotiating over disputed offshore oil and gas blocks.

13 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
The skyline of Beirut

Lebanon optimistic as it pushes on with licensing process

Lebanon is attempting to make its second licensing round more attractive to IOCs, but the political deadlock in the country will not help.

14 December 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Drilling at the West Nile Delta

New deals bring Egypt closer to creating gas hub

Burgeoning domestic output and pipeline plans are enabling Egypt to realise its gas export ambitions.

3 October 2018 Middle East & Africa / LNG
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 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production

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