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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.

4 hours ago 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.

Yesterday 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
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 LNG
Anadarko drilling offshore Mozambique

Total hits ground running with smooth acquisition of Moz LNG

Total's quick acquisition of Mozambique LNG has set it off on the right foot with the Mozambique government, which is eager to recoup tax from the sale.

30 September 2019 LNG
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 Supply & Demand
Mthuli Ncube, Zimbabwe's finance minister

Invictus looks for backer for Zimbabwe gas prospect

A gas prospect in northern Zimbabwe looks promising, but political and economic chaos in the country is discouraging interest.

19 September 2019 Exploration & Production
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 Supply & Demand
Bonny Island LNG plant

Nigeria LNG closes in on Train 7 FID

Nigeria LNG has selected its preferred EPC contractors for its 7th train megaproject but still needs to secure funding for the project ahead of an October FID.

19 September 2019 LNG
A floating power barge

Mozambique: Africa’s next LNG importer?

Mozambique will be Africa’s next big LNG exporter, but if it pulls off two major new projects it could be the region’s next big importer too.

12 September 2019 LNG
A Karadeniz powership

Ghana prepares to switch powership to gas

The 470 MW vessel has successfully been relocated to the country’s southwestern coast, but the switch from fuel oil to gas has been pushed back by a few weeks.

11 September 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
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 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 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 Exploration & Production
An artist's impression of operations at the Tortue field between Senegal and Mauritania

Senegal unveils tentative midstream plans

The government is pushing ahead with studies on national gas-to-power infrastructure despite fresh doubts over the finances of state power firm Senelec.

15 August 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power

GreenStream boost nearly offsets drop in African pipeline supplies

North African pipeline gas supplies to Europe fell slightly last week, with small drops on all routes except GreenStream.

13 August 2019 Supply & Demand
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 LNG

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