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Exploration & Production

A CBM project operated by Sino Oil & Gas in Shanxi

Shanxi revamps rules to boost unconventionals

The Chinese province has established new rules in its regulatory framework for unconventional resources in a move to increase production of shale, tight gas and CBM in the coming years.

28 November 2019 Asia Pacific
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
Port Moresby, PNG

Tougher terms to cause more delays at PNG LNG

PNG’s new prime minister is clamping down on favourable terms ExxonMobil has long enjoyed for its PNG LNG project as he seeks to reap greater financial rewards for the state.

28 November 2019 Asia Pacific

UAE’s gas ambition in figures

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. is matching its spending to bold ambitions in a bid to ramp up output to return the United Arab Emirates to being a net gas exporter, a status it has not held since 2007.

27 November 2019 Middle East & Africa
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
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
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
Gas production terminal in Thailand's Bongkot South field.

Thailand and Cambodia eye joint development

With Thailand fast running out of hydrocarbon reserves, the settlement of a dispute with Cambodia over gas-rich waters could be imminent.

14 November 2019 Asia Pacific
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
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
CBM assets in Australia

Australia tipped to boost shale and CBM exploration

The latest acreage releases in Queensland and seismic surveys in the Northern Territory are designed to spur shale and CBM extraction to meet local and LNG export needs.

8 November 2019 Asia Pacific
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
A shale gas liquefaction plant in China.

China’s NOCs pin domestic upstream growth on spending boom

Greater expenditure by the country’s three largest NOCs looks set to underpin increasing domestic production as Beijing prioritises energy security.

5 November 2019 Asia Pacific

UK halts fracking despite falling gas production

The UK government has pressed pause on fracking for shale gas in England, a move that seems likely to a support growing dependence on imported LNG.

4 November 2019 Europe & Russia
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
Sinopec's Fuling shale gas field

Deep deposits challenge CNPC’s shale ambitions

CNPC’s inability to extract shale gas deeper than 3,500 metres could jeopardise a goal of producing 20-23 bcm annually by 2025.

24 October 2019 Asia Pacific
Sarajevo

Bosnia aims to draw foreign capital to gas sector

Sarajevo is seeking to reduce its dependence on Russian gas transiting Ukraine by starting its own production and diversifying imports.

17 October 2019 Europe & Russia
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
Darwin LNG

Darwin set to expand as Santos buys out Conoco

Following a period of belt-tightening, Australia’s second-largest gas group is expanding its asset base as it looks to raise its profile in the international LNG market.

17 October 2019 Asia Pacific
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

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