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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 Supply & Demand
The twon of Pemba, logistics base for the Mozambique LNG project

McDermott crisis raises questions over Mozambique LNG

McDermott’s financial difficulties could mean Saipem is left to build the Mozambique LNG project on its own, for which it may not have the resources.

19 December 2019 LNG
Polish gas storage

Poland-Ukraine cooperation to boost gas output

Kiev and Warsaw are determined to cooperate on gas production in a move to reduce dependence on Russian gas imports.

12 December 2019 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 Exploration & Production
Drillship offshore Mozambique

Total looks to alternative financing for Mozambique LNG

Mozambique LNG is moving towards financial close in Q2 2020, but there are fresh questions over how operator Total will fund its stake.

12 December 2019 LNG
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 Exploration & Production

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 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 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 Exploration & Production
Pemba in Mozambique.

Insurgency moves nearer to Mozambique LNG site

As fewer contractors are using the main road from Pemba to Palma, the insurgency in northern Mozambique has been drawn further north – closer to the LNG site itself.

19 November 2019 LNG
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 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 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 Exploration & Production
A coal power plant in South Africa.

South Africa sets unrealistic goal for LNG-to-power

The country's long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan has set an impossible timeline for the development of an LNG-to-power programme.

31 October 2019 LNG
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 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 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 LNG
South African Energy Minister Samson Gwede Mantashe.

South Africa could import LNG via Mozambique

Policy stasis means Mozambique could become the LNG import hub for South Africa, instead of Richards Bay or Coega.

10 October 2019 LNG
Rovuma LNG's initial investment decision ceremony in Maputo

Rovuma LNG signs investment decision amid security concerns

Exxon celebrated an ‘initial’ investment decision on the project on Tuesday, but FID has been pushed back to Q1 2020 amid the uncertain security situation.

8 October 2019 LNG
BP's plans for operations at the Tortue field

Second Senegal FLNG may compete with Nigeria

The successful appraisal of additional fields in the Grand Tortue complex adds credence to the case for at least one more FLNG plant in Senegal, which together with Mauritania could export almost as much gas as Nigeria by the end of next decade.

3 October 2019 Exploration & Production

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