Middle East & Africa

Policy & Regulation
Miran gas field in Iraq

Crises derail energy plans in Lebanon and Iraq

Dysfunctional governments in Lebanon and Iraq are undermining efforts to have gas play a more prominent role in meeting rising energy demand.

23 January 2020 Exploration & Production

East Med power struggle in figures

Recent events indicate plans for an East Mediterranean gas pipeline will struggle for momentum as long as power politics holds sway in the region.

20 December 2019 Exploration & Production
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 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 Supply & Demand
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 Exploration & Production
Protesters in the streets of Algiers.

Algeria’s new hydrocarbon law: better terms, bad timing?

The new law offers improved terms for foreign investors, but persistent political unrest means it may not be enacted soon enough to reverse a looming drop in output.

28 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
South African Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Coal to limit South Africa’s gas ambitions

The finished version of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan will see coal continue to dominate the national power sector.

24 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
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 Policy & Regulation
An oil platform offshore Angola

Angolan gas blocks set for bid round

The country’s latest licensing round will include non-associated gas-prone blocks for the first time.

2 October 2019 Exploration & Production
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 Exploration & Production
A Ghanaian power station

Ghana looks to renegotiate IPP contracts

Ghana’s government is stepping in to renegotiate take-or-pay arrangements with independent gas-to-power producers, a move that faces strong opposition but could help speed up gasification of the economy.

26 September 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
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 Policy & Regulation
A power plant in Nigeria

Nigeria looks to reboot failing power sector

Nigeria’s federal government is turning to old methods to turn around its failing power market, but it will not get far without significant improvements in governance.

5 September 2019 Policy & Regulation
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria to pay heavy price for gas project default

Nigeria could end up forfeiting assets for violating its contractual obligations towards a tiny gas company, one of many petroleum sector agreements it has defaulted on.

22 August 2019 Policy & Regulation
South Africa's Karoo region

South Africa eyes shale despite legal block

South Africa’s government is still looking to appraise its onshore shale gas reserves despite an adverse high court ruling and expanding exploration offshore.

25 July 2019 Exploration & Production
The Ghanaian port of Tema

Ghana readies gas act to drive industrial use

Ghana’s parliament is formulating a new gas law aimed at fostering industrial gas use as the country’s debt-ridden power sector market struggles to perform.

18 July 2019 Policy & Regulation
The 288 MW Azito facility near Abidjan in Ivory Coast

Will US LNG prosper under Prosper Africa?

US LNG could make its way to Africa if companies can help move sub-Saharan Africa beyond its LNG import impasse.

11 July 2019 LNG
The Azito power plant in Ivory Coast

Gas to underpin new West Africa power plan

The masterplan makes a bet on tentative gas-fired projects that have yet to come online but could justify planned LNG supply capacity

27 June 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
Anti-government protesters in Algeria.

Algeria’s oil and gas sector waits on permanent government

The protests in Algeria may result in a more democratic system, but the country's hydrocarbon sector will likely remain in the doldrums until the transition is complete.

9 May 2019 Policy & Regulation
A well in the Etinde permit offshore Cameroon.

Cameroon’s new petroleum code to boost output

Cameroon’s new petroleum code is seeking to improve upstream production and revenues amid greater regional competition and major political troubles.

25 April 2019 Policy & Regulation

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