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Ed James

Head of MEED Insight

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  • Rail awards reach record highs

    18 June 2014

    The Middle East has drawn up ambitious plans to increase rail infrastructure to improve transport links and boost international trade, but recent unrest in may prove an obstacle to progress in some countries
  • Region gears up for sustainable energy boom

    6 February 2014

    With Middle East governments committed to 2020 power targets, the renewables sector is set to grow
  • Projects market momentum set to continue in 2014

    8 January 2014

    With the backlog mounting, the GCC projects sector is showing strong signs of recovery
  • Oil and gas projects activity to rebound in 2013

    31 October 2012

    After a relatively slow few years, prospects are looking brighter for contractors in the GCC oil, gas and petrochemicals projects market as increasing demand drives activity
  • Ministry appointment set to boost Egypt's petrochemicals sector

    11 September 2012

    A new petroleum minister is expected to boost foreign investment sentiment towards Egypt
  • Kurdistan investment levels soar  

    2 September 2012

    Region attracted $3.4bn of foreign investment during first half of this year
  • Pick-up in project activity predicted across the Gulf

    16 May 2012

    There are plenty of signs to indicate that the GCC’s long-term prospects outweigh the short-term slump in contract awards
  • Kuwait's project market: Falling short of potential

    Issue 12 23-29 March 2012

    Despite having urgent infrastructure requirements, the total value of contracts awarded in Kuwait fell last year
  • Saudi Arabia leads contract awards

    Issue 6 10-16 February 2012

    State-funded projects to meet the needs of a growing population are driving Saudi Arabia’s projects market, which is now without doubt the largest in the region
  • Uprisings in the Middle East provide projects windfall

    Issue 23 10-16 June 2011

    Government spending on social infrastructure set to revitalise projects market
  • Embracing public-private schemes in Qatar

    Qatar Projects

    Qatar leads the region in promoting PPPs in the power sector, but the government will need to increase private involvement in all fields if Doha is to be chosen as the location for an international PPP centre
  • Yearbook 2011: Mixed picture for Middle East projects market

    Supplement: MEED Yearbook 2011

    The GCC projects market has suffered varying fortunes in 2010. As the year comes to an end, contractors, suppliers and consultants alike are looking for signs of a pick-up in 2011
  • Gulf projects will be driven by demand

    Issue No 29 16-22 July 2010

    The region’s projects market has remained resilient in the face of the downturn
  • Tripoli strives to retain interest of big oil

    2 October 2008

    After nearly two decades in the political wilderness, Libya has become a major centre for oil and gas exploration, but it must remove bureaucratic hurdles if it is to keep the oil majors on board.
  • Adco wins approval to split Sas work

    5 September 2008

    Full-field development at Sahil, Asab and Shah to be awarded in two more manageable packages.
  • Gaz de France invites bids for Touat gas-processing plant

    5 September 2008

    Gaz de France (GDF) is pressing ahead with the commercial development of its Touat concession in southern Algeria by inviting companies to bid for the contract to build gas-processing facilities at the field.
  • CBI Lummus wins Ibn Rushd deal

    5 September 2008

    The US’ CBI Lummus has won the technology licensing contract for the world’s largest propane dehydogenation (PDH) plant, at the Arabian Industrial Fibres Company (Ibn Rushd) complex at Yanbu.
  • Muscat invites bids for Sohar styrene plant

    5 September 2008

    State-owned Oman Refineries & Petrochemicals Company (ORPC) is planning a new ethylbenzene/styrene monomer (EBSM) plant at its Sohar refinery.
  • Consortiums submit bids for Algerian rail electrification

    3 September 2008

    Bids from two international groups have been submitted for a major new contract to electrify Algeria's east-west railway line.
  • Fire breaks out at Mina al-Ahmadi refinery

    3 September 2008

    A fire broke out at Kuwait’s largest oil refinery on 3 September, after an operations accident caused a pipeline leak to ignite.
  • Kuwait Systems to win road work

    2 September 2008

    The Central Tenders Committee has approved the KD5.8m ($20.7m) offer submitted by Kuwait Systems for General Trading & Contracting for the contract to provide maintenance services for the road network operated by Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).
  • Imco set to win Kuwait refinery contract

    2 September 2008

    The local Imco Engineering & Construction is in line for the contract to provide maintenance services at the Mina Abdulla refinery, after the Central Tenders Committee approved its offer of KD19m ($70.4m).
  • Amec wins Abu Dhabi offshore crude deal

    1 September 2008

    UK engineering firm Amec has won the contract to manage the offshore crude increment programme planned by Zakum Development Company (Zadco).
  • Mubadala and Petrofac form joint venture

    1 September 2008

    UAE-based Petrofac and Abu Dhabi-owned Mubadala Petroleum Services Company are to form a joint venture engineering, procurement and construction company.
  • ABB bids low for Kuwait substations

    31 August 2008

    Europe's ABB is low bidder for three major contracts, totaling more than $300m, to build three 300/400-kV substations across Kuwait.
  • Shaw wins Ruwais refinery tech deal

    31 August 2008

    The US’ Shaw Group has won the contract to provide its proprietary technology for the world’s largest residue fluid catalytic cracking unit at the grassroots expansion of the Ruwais refinery planned by Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer).
  • Adgas invites bids for final gas package

    29 August 2008

    Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Company (Adgas) is inviting companies to bid for the sixth and final main process package on Abu Dhabi’s multi-billion-dollar integrated gas development (IGD).
  • Al-Zour winners express fears over parliamentary probe

    29 August 2008

    State Audit Bureau to look into project’s tendering process after criticism from National Assembly members.
  • Fertil invites bids for expansion of Ruwais fertiliser project

    29 August 2008

    Ruwais Fertiliser Industries (Fertil) is inviting bids for the long-awaited contract to expand its urea-based fertiliser complex at Ruwais, in the west of Abu Dhabi emirate.
  • Petrojet bids low for gas pipeline work in Qatar

    29 August 2008

    Egypt’s Petrojet is understood to be low bidder for the estimated $600-700m contract to build the gas pipeline between Ras Laffan and Mesaieed.
  • Politics in Kuwait must not derail Al-Zour

    29 August 2008

    If the refinery project were again to fail, it would be a massive blow to the local oil sector’s reputation.
  • Local firm wins Kuwaiti gathering centre deal

    28 August 2008

    The local O&G General Engineering & Contracting has won a KD5.7m ($20.4m) contract to upgrade power systems at gathering centre 23 in the north of Kuwait for state upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).
  • Revised prices submitted for Jubail ethylene dichloride plant

    28 August 2008

    Revised commercial prices were submitted in mid-August for the contract to build an ethylene dichloride (EDC) complex planned by the local Arabian Chlor Vinyl Company at Jubail.
  • Sonatrach extends pipeline bid deadline

    27 August 2008

    State energy company Sonatrach has extended the technical bid deadline by more than a month to 7 October for the project to build a gas pipeline between Hassi R’Mel and Skikda on the northeast coast.
  • Local firms submit bids for Oman pipeline work

    27 August 2008

    Technical bids have been submitted for the contract to build two new gas pipelines planned by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) in the south of the sultanate.
  • Kuwait invites firms to submit applications to build oil facilities

    26 August 2008

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has invited international and local companies to submit prequalification applications by 7 September for concessions to build, own, operate and maintain oil and gas facilities in Kuwait.
  • Qatar sets bidding deadline for Mesaieed cracker work

    26 August 2008

    The three contracting groups bidding for the contract to provide technology and build the new mixed-feedstock cracker at Mesaieed have been given until 28 September to submit their commercial bids.
  • Algerian refinery upgrade prices due soon

    25 August 2008

    State energy company Sonatrach is expected to release commercial bid documents to bidding contractors by the end of September for the two major projects to upgrade the Arzew and Skikda refineries.
  • Petro-Rabigh delays consultancy award again

    25 August 2008

    The local/Japanese Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company (Petro-Rabigh) has again delayed the award of the consultancy contract covering the second-phase expansion of its integrated refinery and petrochemical complex at Rabigh on the Red Sea coast.
  • Al-Qaeda claims car bombs in Algeria

    24 August 2008

    The North African branch of Al-Qaeda has claimed to have killed more than 60 people in Algeria over the past week, following a series of attacks by militants at locations across the country.
  • Kuwait extends deadline for refinery pipelines scheme

    24 August 2008

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has extended the bid deadline by more than a month to 7 October for the contract to build a pipeline network serving Kuwait’s new refinery at Al-Zour.
  • Petrofac bids low for onshore field work

    22 August 2008

    UAE-based firm’s offer for Abu Dhabi upstream project estimated to be $100m lower than next best bid.
  • Indian firm bids low for Oman control systems work

    21 August 2008

    India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is low bidder at OR5.3m ($14.8m) for the contract to upgrade the control system at pressure reduction stations for Oman Gas Company (OGC).
  • Adco kicks off field development tendering process

    21 August 2008

    Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco) has launched the tendering process for its so-called ‘1.8 million’ project, which is aimed at increasing oil output from five onshore fields by 400,000 barrels a day (b/d).
  • Kuwait's state operator to tender gas stations

    15 August 2008

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) is to issue tenders for two gas booster stations to help it increase its production capacity.
  • Maaden to award Ras al-Zour aluminium plant deals

    8 August 2008

    Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) is set to make awards on the three remaining main packages on its multi-billion-dollar aluminium refining and smelting complex at Ras al-Zour, following confirmation that the UK/Australian Rio Tinto will join the scheme this year.
  • Algiers invites technical bids for resin plant

    8 August 2008

    State-owned Societe Nationale de la Petrochimie (Enip) is inviting international contractors to submit technical bids by 18 October for the contract to build a urea formaldehyde resin plant.
  • Abu Dhabi aligns technical bids for field development

    7 August 2008

    Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco) has aligned the technical bids for the full-field development of the Sahil, Asab and Shah (SAS) fields, in preparation for the submission of commercial offers on 18 August.
  • Algiers invites prequalification for water injection scheme

    7 August 2008

    State energy company Sonatrach is inviting local and international contractors to submit prequalification applications by 2 October for a major contract to build water injection stations in the south and east of the country.
  • Rabat invites bids for pipeline work

    7 August 2008

    State-owned Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines has invited local and international contractors to submit bids by 17 September for a contract to provide cathodic protection services on its Korimat-Youssoufia gas pipeline.
  • Sonatrach makes three gas discoveries in Algeria

    6 August 2008

    State energy company Sonatrach has announced three new gas discoveries in the south of Algeria.
  • LyondellBasell wins Ibn Rushd technology contract

    6 August 2008

    Rotterdam-based LyondellBasell has won the contract to provide its Spheripol licence technology to the new polypropylene plant planned by the Yanbu-based Arabian Industrial Fibres Company (Ibn Rushd).
  • Contractors to welcome Arzew plant award

    5 August 2008

    Analysts say the suprise award of the $4.5bn contract to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Arzew, which saw the low bidder disqualified, will welcomed by contractors the move as it highlights the fact that state clients will not simply accept the lowest bid.
  • Libya's Agoco makes oil discovery in Slouq basin

    5 August 2008

    Benghazi-based Arabian Gulf Oil Company (Agoco), a subsidiary of state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC), has made an oil discovery in the Slouq Depression basin.
  • Algeria's trade-off plan is right move

    31 July 2008

    The decision by Algerian Oil Minister Chakib Khelil and state energy company Sonatrach to seek upstream positions abroad in return for stakes in its own oil and gas concessions in Algeria is a novel strategy.
  • Sonatrach invites foreign contractors to bid for gas pipeline

    31 July 2008

    State energy giant Sonatrach has invited selected internationalcontractors to submit technical and unpriced commercial bids by 24 August for a contract to build a gas pipeline between Hassi R’Mel and Skikda.
  • Ras Lanuf upgrade to go over budget

    31 July 2008

    Rising engineering, procurement and construction costs set to increase refinery project’s $2bn price tag.
  • Algiers offers oil licence trade-off

    31 July 2008

    Firms bidding in state’s oil and gas auction will be required to offer stakes in overseas projects to Sonatrach.
  • Kuwait invites bids for oil field pilot water facility

    31 July 2008

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has invited five international oil field services contractors to submit bids for the contract to design, install and operate a new pilot water injection plant at its Dharif Marrat oil field.
  • The great hopes for oil and gas from Algeria and Libya

    31 July 2008

    After years of under-investment, but with vast tracts of potentially hydrocarbons-rich land still unexplored, Algeria and Libya are attracting much attention from the energy majors.
  • Verenex makes Libyan oil discovery

    30 July 2008

    Canadian oil firm Verenex Energy has made a new oil discovery in its A47 exploration and production concession in the Ghadames basin, about 250km southwest of Tripoli.
  • Emaar signs deal to develop Saudi plastics hub

    29 July 2008

    Emaar, the Economic City has signed a memorandum of understanding with the US’ StrateSphere Enterprises to develop the planned plastics valley at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).
  • Masdar signs emission reduction deal with Bahrain

    29 July 2008

    Abu Dhabi’s Masdar initiative has signed an agreement with Bahrain-based Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at GPIC’s fertiliser complex.
  • Saudi Gypsum to increase Yanbu plant capacity

    28 July 2008

    Yanbu-based Saudi Mada Gypsum Company is planning to more than double the plaster production capacity at its Yanbu production facility.
  • Kuwait invites bids for Burgan pipeline job

    28 July 2008

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has invited seven Grade-1 local contractors to submit bids by 19 August for a contract to build a new oil pipeline between gathering centre 7 and manifold TB-1 at the Burgan field, in southeast Kuwait.
  • Algeria signs up Snamprogetti and Chiyoda for Arzew plant

    27 July 2008

    The Italian/ Japanese team of Snamprogetti and Chiyoda Corporation signed on 26 July the contract with state energy company Sonatrach to build the new liquefied gas (LNG) plant at Arzew in the northwest.
  • Kuwait extends deadline for Al-Zour refinery pipeline

    27 July 2008

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has extended the bid deadline by a month to 24 August for the major contract to build feedstock pipelines for the state’s $15bn grassroots refinery at Al-Zour.
  • Letters of intent confirm Al-Zour deals

    25 July 2008

    State oil firm moves to quell contractors’ fears over delays in contracts on $15bn refinery project.
  • Muscat set to consider Hanwha's bid for Sohar refinery

    25 July 2008

    Oman Refineries & Petrochemicals Company (ORPC) could go ahead with a contract award on its planned bitumen plant at the 116,000-barrel-a-day Sohar refinery despite receiving only one bid, according to sources close to the project.
  • Hydrogen: The hidden benefits of clean energy

    25 July 2008

    Building the world’s largest hydrogen-fired power plant will provide many advantages for Abu Dhabi aside from its lower environmental impact than conventional facilities.
  • Hydrogen: The hidden benefits of clean energy

    25 July 2008

    Building the world’s largest hydrogen-fired power plant will provide many advantages for Abu Dhabi aside from its lower environmental impact than conventional facilities.
  • Sonatrach withdraws offer to Petrofac for Arzew plant

    24 July 2008

    The UAE/Indonesian group of Petrofac International and IKPT has been disqualified from the contract to build the liquefied petroleum gas (LNG) plant at Arzew just days after the client, state energy company Sonatrach, selected it for the $3.9bn contract.
  • China Harbour wins Yanbu waterfront work

    24 July 2008

    China Harbour Engineering Company has signed a $100m contract for the dredging and excavation for a waterfront development at Yanbu on the Red Sea coast.
  • Masdar chief on the importance of hydrogen power

    24 July 2008

    Sultan al-Jaber, chief executive officer of the Masdar initiative, explains why hydrogen power is important to the Middle East.
  • Dolphin Energy confirms award of pipeline to Stroytransgaz

    23 July 2008

    Abu Dhabi-based Dolphin Energy has confirmed the award of the $418m contract to design and build its planned Taweelah-Fujairah pipeline.
  • Kalpataru bids low for Oman gas pipeline

    23 July 2008

    India’s Kalpataru Power Transmission is low bidder at OR19.3m ($50.7m) for the contract to build the Oman Gas Company (OGC) gas pipeline network in southern Oman.
  • Black Cat and SEG Qatar win Qatar college contract

    21 July 2008

    A local joint venture of Black Cat Engineering & Construction and SEG Qatar has won a QR1.1bn ($302m) contract to design and build the new Ras Laffan Emergency & Safety College.
  • Petroleum Development Oman tenders Amal power plant

    21 July 2008

    Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the firm responsible for more than 80 per cent of the sultanate’s oil production capacity, has tendered a contract covering the construction of a power plant at the Amal field, 700 kilometres south of Muscat.
  • Refining capacity boost to suffer delays in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia

    18 July 2008

    Labour and equipment shortages threaten plans to upgrade or build refineries in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
  • Baghdad set to award deals for refinery construction

    18 July 2008

    Oil Ministry plans capacity boost in bid to reduce dependence on imports.
  • Riyadh awards $6bn deals to boost power generation

    18 July 2008

    Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has awarded contracts totalling more than SR23bn ($6.1bn) as it seeks to raise its power generation capacity and strengthen its transmission and distribution networks in the kingdom.
  • Sabic set to refinance GE Plastics debt

    18 July 2008

    Saudi giant to change covenants as subsidiary struggles to meet cash projections in deteriorating market.
  • Costs derail Egypt's petrochemicals masterplan

    17 July 2008

    Echem postpones projects as engineering, procurement and construction costs push schemes over budget.
  • Oil majors to bid despite reduced terms

    17 July 2008

    Observers predict less generous oil and gas deals following 2006 Hydrocarbons Law will still attract interest.
  • Oil prices fall by record amounts

    17 July 2008

    Oil prices experienced their biggest one-day fall in 17 years on 15 July as speculators and traders reacted to warnings by the Federal Reserve that the US economy was weakening.
  • Libya’s National Oil Corporation signs joint ventures

    17 July 2008

    Libya’s state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) has signed two major deals with international partners to ensure the continuing flow of foreign investment into the country.
  • Dow and Petrochemical Industries name joint venture

    17 July 2008

    The US’ Dow Chemical Company and Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) have named their planned joint venture company K-Dow Petrochemicals (KDP). The new firm will be headquartered in the US state of Michigan.
  • Saudi cabinet approves Chevron concession extension

    16 July 2008

    The Saudi cabinet has approved a draft agreement extending the Divided Zone concession, operated by Mina Saud-based Saudi Arabian Chevron (SAC), a subsidiary of the US’ Chevron Corporation.
  • WesternGeco wins Kuwait seismic deal

    16 July 2008

    Geophysical firm WesternGeco, part of oil field services giant Schlumberger, has won a contract to gather 3D seismic data on Kuwaiti onshore oil and gas fields.
  • Algeria launches long-awaited oil licensing round

    14 July 2008

    Algeria has launched a long-awaited oil and gas licensing round, the first since the adoption of the controversial Hydrocarbons Law two years ago.
  • Oiltanking invites bids for Jebel Ali tank expansion

    14 July 2008

    Germany’s Oiltanking has invited international contractors to submit bids by 5 August for a contract to expand its petroleum products storage terminal at Jebel Ali in Dubai.
  • Petrofac group in front for $4bn Algerian gas plant deal

    13 July 2008

    A consortium of UAE-based Petrofac International and Indonesia’s Inti Karya Persada Tehnik (IKPT) has been provisionally selected for the contract to build the new 4.3-million-tonne-a-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Arzew following the public opening of commercial bids on 12 July.
  • Imco bids low for Kuwait refinery maintenance

    13 July 2008

    The local Instruments Installation & Maintenance Company (Imco) is low bidder at KD19m ($70.4m) for a contract to provide maintenance services at the Mina Abdulla refinery.
  • Three bid for $1bn contract to build cracker at Mesaieed

    11 July 2008

    Three groups have made technical bids to build a $1bn cracker at the planned petrochemicals complex at Mesaieed - the only such project likely to be awarded this year in the GCC.
  • Russian firm leads on deal to extend Dolphin pipeline

    11 July 2008

    Russia's Stroytransgaz is understood to be the front runner for the $350-400m contract to extend the Dolphin Energy gas pipeline from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah on the federation's east coast.
  • Adco retenders gas compressor deal for onshore Bab field

    11 July 2008

    Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco) has reissued the long-awaited tender for the contract to install gas compressors at its onshore Bab field.
  • Saudi petrochemicals manufacturers set to benefit from discounts on materials

    11 July 2008

    Riyadh encourages petrochemicals firms to hand on fuel subsidies to industry.
  • Nakheel claims Trump Tower ownership

    11 July 2008

    Owner/operator split brings conflicting claims over who will own iconic Palm Jumeirah hotel and tower.
  • JGC wins major Algerian plant work

    10 July 2008

    A consortium led by Japan’s JGC Corporation has won a $470m contract to build a gas processing plant at the Rhourde Nouss field in the southeast of Algeria.
  • Oman Gas Company tenders new compressor work

    10 July 2008

    State-owned Oman Gas Company (OGC) has invited local and international contractors to submit bids by 11 August to build a gas compressor station at the Nimr field in the south of the sultanate.
  • Lootah wins Abu Dhabi pipeline deals

    9 July 2008

    The local Lootah BC Gas has won two contracts to build and convert gas pipelines in and around Abu Dhabi city, totaling about AED145m ($40m).
  • International contractors bid for major Qatar pipeline

    9 July 2008

    Bids from at least five international contractors were submitted on 6 July for a major contract to build a gas pipeline between Ras Laffan and Mesaieed.
  • Adco sets Sas field development bid deadline

    8 July 2008

    Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco) has set a deadline of 18 August for the submission of commercial bids on its multi-billion-dollar Sahil, Asab and Shah (Sas) full-field development.
  • Adnoc and ConocoPhillips sign sour gas deal

    8 July 2008

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and US oil major ConocoPhillips have signed the long-awaited project agreement to develop sour gas reserves from Abu Dhabi’s onshore Shah field.
  • Kuwait restarts prequalification notice for liquefied petroleum gas plant

    7 July 2008

    State-owned Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) has reissued the prequalification notice for the contract to build its planned liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) filling plant at Umm Alaish.
  • Raymond International wins Saudi infrastructure contracts

    7 July 2008

    The Al-Khobar-based Raymond International Group has won contracts totalling more than $150m, to build infrastructure facilities in the kingdom.
  • NOC Survey 2008: Petroleum Development Oman

    4 July 2008

    Oman must secure fresh resources while halting declines in output at ageing fields.
  • NOC Survey 2008: Kuwait Petroleum Corporation

    4 July 2008

    Restrictions on foreign ownership could hamper Kuwait’s plans to increase production.
  • NOC Survey 2008: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

    4 July 2008

    Meeting its ambitious production targets is the main challenge for Abu Dhabi.
  • Contractors line up for Kuwait's clean fuels deals

    20 June 2008

    At least nine groups are set to compete for $18bn worth of contracts to boost refining capacity.
  • Safco receives only one bid for urea train

    20 June 2008

    The Jubail-based Saudi Arabian Fertiliser Company (Safco) is reviewing its plans to develop a fifth urea train at its Jubail fertiliser complex, after receiving just one commercial bid for the contract to build the facility.
  • Sipchem shelves plans for Jubail cracker over cost fears.

    20 June 2008

    Group will instead source ethylene and propylene from existing facilities.
  • SNC Lavalin wins Algerian desalination deal

    17 June 2008

    Canada’s SNC Lavalin has won an estimated $150m contract to design and build the Tipaza desalination plant on Algeria’s north coast.
  • Firms bid for Salalah power and water plant

    17 June 2008

    Three international developer groups have submitted proposals for the concession to develop the Salalah independent water and power project (IWPP) in the south of Oman.
  • Kuwait awards major oil services deals

    16 June 2008

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has awarded two contracts totalling KD55m ($204m) for the provision of electric submersible pumping (ESP) systems at its oil fields.
  • Contractors bid for Ras al-Zour housing scheme

    16 June 2008

    Nine contractors have submitted bids for an estimated $500m contract to build housing units for workers at the planned fertiliser and aluminium complexes at Ras al-Zour on the Saudi Arabian Gulf coast.
  • Kuwait invites bids for massive refinery pipeline project

    15 June 2008

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has invited international contractors to submit bids by 27 July for the long-awaited contract to build pipelines to supply crude feedstock for the state’s planned 615,000 barrel-a-day grassroots refinery at Al-Zour.
  • US firm wins Kuwaiti rig deals

    15 June 2008

    The US’ Nabors Drilling International has won two major contracts, totaling more than KD60m ($223m), for the supply of two deep drilling rigs to state upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).
  • Manama invites interest in first stage of wastewater privatisation plan

    13 June 2008

    First contracts to develop Muharraq wastewater plant to be awarded next year.
  • Qapco shortlists prequalifiers for polyethylene plant

    13 June 2008

    Mesaieed-based Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco) is shortlisting prequalifying bidders for its low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant, with tender documents due to be issued later this month.
  • Kuwait gas upgrade set to triple output

    13 June 2008

    Second phase of non-associated gas project will boost production to 600,000 cubic feet a day.
  • Ipic approves plans to develop $5bn oil refinery at Jorf Lasfar

    13 June 2008

    Abu Dhabi government-owned International Petroleum Investment Company (Ipic) has approved plans to develop a refinery at Jorf Lasfar on Morocco’s west coast.
  • Abu Dhabi expresses confidence in success of polymers park

    13 June 2008

    Developer of plastic conversion facilities aims to service global markets.
  • Award nears on Jebel Ali water plants

    13 June 2008

    Local real estate developer Nakheel is due to make awards soon on the two water desalination and wastewater treatment concessions serving its giant Waterfront development in Dubai.
  • Rabat to launch coal-fired plant at Safi

    13 June 2008

    Kingdom's second independent power project on the west coast to come on stream in 2012.
  • Manama opts for low-risk wastewater privatisation

    13 June 2008

    The entry of the private sector will bring investment, technology and experience to improve standards.
  • Abu Dhabi: Closing the gap on regional giants

    13 June 2008

    Despite having the world’s fifth-largest gas reserves, Abu Dhabi has been slow to develop its chemicals sector, but a planned£20bn-plus megaproject at Taweelah is the beginning of a major transformation.
  • Contractor survey: Projects market slows

    13 June 2008

    The latest figures reveal a slowdown in the petrochemicals and wider projects market during the past year, but the boom is far from over.
  • Feedstock shortage hits Gulf

    13 June 2008

    With ethane feedstock allocations running out, the region’s producers in the sector are exploring innovative ways to drive future capacity increases.
  • Arco bids low for Dubai water pumping stations

    12 June 2008

    The local Arco General Contracting is low bidder at AED112m ($30.5m) for a contract to build two water pumping stations for Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa).
  • National Contracting bids low for Manifa substation

    12 June 2008

    The local National Contracting Company (NCC) is low bidder at SR530m ($141m) for a contract to build a 380kV substation at Manifa for the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).
  • Nine apply for Oman airport job

    11 June 2008

    Nine local and international contractors have submitted prequalification applications for the main construction contract to build an airport at Ras al-Hadd, about 200 kilometres southwest of Muscat.
  • Jubail methanol plant comes onstream

    11 June 2008

    The fifth-phase expansion of the Ar-Razi methanol complex at Jubail has come onstream, making the it the world’s largest chemical methanol production facility.
  • Honeywell wins Petro-Rabigh software deal

    10 June 2008

    The US’ Honeywell has won a major contract to supply planning and scheduling software to the Rabigh Refining & Petrochemicals Company (Petro-Rabigh).
  • Rotem wins Oman sewage plant

    10 June 2008

    South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem has won the RO77.6m ($201.8m) contract to build a sewage treatment plant at Seeb, near the capital.
  • Oman tenders two wastewater engineering deals

    9 June 2008

    The Oman Wastewater Services Company (OWSC) has tendered two major contracts covering the design and project management of two wastewater projects close to Muscat.
  • Oman pushes back Salalah power project bid deadline

    9 June 2008

    The state-owned Oman Power & Water Procurement Company has extended the bid deadline to 16 June for the concession to develop the Salalah independent water and power project (IWPP) in the south of the sultanate.
  • Penspen wins trans-emirates pipeline work

    8 June 2008

    The UK’s Penspen has won a contract to carry out detailed engineering on the Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline (Adcop) aimed at transporting crude from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah on the federation’s east coast.
  • Kuwait invites major substation bids

    8 June 2008

    Kuwait’s Electricity & Water Ministry has issued to bid three major contracts to build 300/400-kV substations across the state.
  • Petrofac in line for Mina al-Ahmadi gas pipeline contract

    6 June 2008

    UAE-based Petrofac International is favourite to win the contract to build a major gas pipeline for Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), after submitting the lowest bid of KD147m ($544m).
  • Abu Dhabi awards study for Ruwais olefins complex to WorleyParsons

    6 June 2008

    Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge) has awarded Australia’s WorleyParsons the contract to under-take a feasibility study for the third-phase expansion of its multi-billion-dollar Ruwais olefins complex.
  • Gasco names prequalifiers for $5bn offshore capacity boost

    6 June 2008

    European, Japanese and US contractors invited to bid on four key packages.
  • Dow to press on with regional petrochemicals projects

    6 June 2008

    US chemicals giant is proceeding with all three of its major schemes despite rising construction costs.
  • Petrochemicals: Downstream drive is way forward

    6 June 2008

    A willingness to co-operate is a sign that Libya, Algeria and Morocco are taking the need to plan seriously.
  • Bids submitted for Addur water and power project

    5 June 2008

    Technical bids from two developer groups have been opened for the concession to develop the Addur independent water and power project (IWPP) in Bahrain.
  • Kuwait factory fire raises concerns over nearby refinery

    5 June 2008

    An explosion and fire at a Kuwait paint facility, close to the state’s Mina Abdulla refinery, caused oil prices to rise by nearly a dollar as traders reacted nervously to the news.
  • North Africa signs fertiliser production agreements

    4 June 2008

    Morocco, Algeria and Libya have signed agreements that will substantially increase their fertiliser and ammonia production capacity.
  • Bids submitted for Safco urea train

    4 June 2008

    Technical bids from three international contractors have been submitted for the contract to build a fifth urea train for Jubail-based Saudi Arabian Fertiliser Company (Safco).
  • Al-Husam frontrunner for Abu Dhabi pipeline work

    3 June 2008

    The local Al-Husam General Contracting is the frontrunner for the contract to provide pipeline construction services to Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco).
  • Oman bitumen plant faces retender

    3 June 2008

    The contract to build a new bitumen plant at the 116,000-barrel-a-day Sohar refinery is likely to have to be rebid or retendered after only one company submitted an offer by the 2 June deadline.
  • Dana Gas completes Sharjah pipeline

    2 June 2008

    Sharjah-based Dana Gas says it has completed and inaugurated the Middle East’s first common user gas pipeline, linking the Sharjah gas hub at Sajaa with the Hamriyah industrial area.
  • Algeria, France to sign nuclear accord in June

    1 June 2008

    Paris will sign a nuclear energy accord with Algiers in June to provide it with technological expertise as well as financial and technical assistance.
  • Algerian, Indian firms sign Libyan oil exploration deal

    1 June 2008

    A consortium of Algeria’s Sonatrach International Petroleum Exploration & Production (Sipex), Indian Oil Corporation and Oil India have signed a production sharing contract with Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) for block 95/96 in the Ghadames basin, near the Algerian-Libyan border.
  • Manama calls for gas grid to be set up across Gulf states

    30 May 2008

    Bahrain government wants network to allow GGC members to pool supplies.
  • Bapco considers refinery expansion

    30 May 2008

    Multi-billion-dollar investment would increase capacity by more than 100,000 barrels a day.
  • Kuwait to look at integrating Al-Zour with chemicals plant

    30 May 2008

    Expansion of gas output will provide an opportunity to increase scope.
  • Osos set to retender $1bn Yanbu plant

    30 May 2008

    The local Osos Petrochemicals is to retender its estimated $1bn polybutylene terephthalate complex at Yanbu, after bids for the original tender came in over budget.
  • GCC gas network is a pipedream

    30 May 2008

    The political and economic calculations surrounding the gas network make progress unlikely.
  • Snamprogetti to win Kuwait booster station

    29 May 2008

    Italy’s Snamprogetti has been selected for the KD179m ($649) contract to build gas booster station 160 for Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), after the Central Tenders Committee approved its offer on 21 May.
  • Kuwait reveals new cabinet

    29 May 2008

    Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Ahmed al-Sabah has retained several members of the last government in his new cabinet.
  • Contractors prepare to submit bids for Algerian gas plant

    28 May 2008

    Two international contracting groups - Japan’s JGC Corporation, and the US’ Shaw Group with Italy’s Saipem - are preparing to submit technical bids by the end of June for a contract to build a third liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) plant at the Hassi Messaoud oil and gas complex in central Algeria.
  • Award nears for Petro-Rabigh consultancy

    27 May 2008

    An award is due by the end of June for the long-awaited consultancy contract covering the second-phase expansion of the giant Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company (Petro-Rabigh) facility on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast.
  • Abu Dhabi accelerates $1bn oil and gas projects plan

    23 May 2008

    Abu Dhabi is moving ahead with three major projects, worth almost $1bn in total, which will substantially increase its offshore oil and gas capacity as well as upgrading its existing infrastructure.
  • Arzew facility set to boost Algerian gas exports

    23 May 2008

    Algeria is set to increase its liquefied natural gas (LNG) export capacity by more than 20 per cent after receiving bids for a major project to build a new LNG train at Arzew on the northwest coast.
  • Algiers plans $10bn extension to midstream pipeline network

    23 May 2008

    Project to increase oil and gas transportation capacity by almost 30 per cent.
  • North Africa can compete on gas

    23 May 2008

    A quiet revolution is taking place as Tripoli and Algiers develop plans to increase their hydrocarbons output.
  • Kuwait oil and gas: Six key people

    23 May 2008

    The top six figures in the state’s hydrocarbons sector: Mohammed al-Olaim, Saad al-Shuwaib, Sami al-Rushaid, Farouk al-Zanki, Bader al-Kashti and Mohammed Ahmed Husain.
  • Kuwait's assembly election boosts Islamists

    23 May 2008

    Kuwait’s parliamentary elections have not delivered the result the government had hoped for and it must now find a way to work with its opponents.
  • Bader al-Kashti

    Issue No 21 23 - 29 May 2008

    Bader al-Kashti is chairman and managing director, Kuwait Gulf Oil Company
  • Farouk al-Zanki

    Issue No 21 23 - 29 May 2008

    Farouk al-Zanki is chairman and managing director, KNPC
  • Mohammed Ahmed Husain

    Issue No 21 23 - 29 May 2008

    Mohammed Ahmed Husain is deputy chairman and deputy managing director for planning and gas, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Mohammed al-Olaim

    Issue No 21 23 - 29 May 2008

    Mohammed al-Olaim is acting oil and gas minister, Kuwait
  • Saad al-Shuwaib

    Issue No 21 23 - 29 May 2008

    Saad al-Shuwaib is vice chairman and CEO, KPC
  • Sami al-Rushaid

    Issue No 21 23 - 29 May 2008

    Sami al-Rushaid is chairman and managing director, Kuwait Oil Company
  • PDO tenders new power distribution work

    22 May 2008

    Petroleum Development Oman (POD) has tendered two contracts covering the construction of overhead lines between its oil and gas fields in order to upgrade its power distribution infrastructure.
  • Firms submit bids for Abu Dhabi crude increment consultancy

    22 May 2008

    Technical bids have been submitted for the remaining project management contracts on the 1.8 million project, which will increase Abu Dhabi’s onshore crude production capacity by 400,000 barrels a day (b/d) to 1.8 million b/d.
  • Sorouh Real Estate buys into contractor

    21 May 2008

    Abu Dhabi-based Sorouh Real Estate has bought a 60 per cent stake in the local Pivot Engineering & General Contracting Company as it seeks ways of delivering the AED45bn ($12.3bn) worth of projects it has under development.
  • Contractors submit bids for Qatar pipeline project

    21 May 2008

    Four international contractors have submitted bids for the contract to build a gas pipeline network within Ras Laffan Industrial City.
  • Sabic Innovative Plastics appoints new president

    20 May 2008

    Sabic Innovative Plastics, the thermoplastic business of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), has appointed Charlie Crew as its president and chief executive officer.
  • Italian engineering giants to merge

    20 May 2008

    Milan-based engineering giants Snamprogetti and Saipem are to merge by September to create one of the world’s largest engineering, procurement and construction contractors.
  • Arabtec wins $540m Saadiyat island contract

    19 May 2008

    The local Arabtec Construction has signed a memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) for the development of phase one of the Saadiyat Beach Residences project on Saadiyat island, adjacent to Abu Dhabi city.
  • PetroVietnam to build fertiliser plant in Morocco

    19 May 2008

    State-owned PetroVietnam Fertiliser & Chemicals Company (PVFC) is planning to invest up to $600m in a new diamonium phosphate (DAP) fertiliser plant in Morocco.
  • Opposition gains in Kuwait elections

    18 May 2008

    Opposition Islamist candidates appeared to have won about half of the 50 seats in Kuwait’s parliamentary elections on 17 May, dealing a blow to the government which was hoping for a more supportive legislature.
  • Aramco and Conoco approve Yanbu refinery

    18 May 2008

    Saudi Aramco and the US’ ConocoPhillips have made a final investment decision to proceed with their planned grassroots refinery at Yanbu on the Red Sea coast.
  • Contractors line up for Mesaieed petrochemicals complex

    16 May 2008

    Contractors have submitted expressions of interest for the downstream packages on the planned petrochemicals complex at Mesaieed.
  • Soaring costs put Sabriya bids over budget

    16 May 2008

    Snamprogetti is frontrunner for work on two oil fields but bid exceeds projected $750m cost by 57 per cent.
  • Algiers assesses exploration proposals for 20 mining sites

    16 May 2008

    Algeria’s Agence Nationale du Patrimoine Minier (ANPM) has received technical proposals from more than 15 international and local mining companies for the exploration of 20 mining sites located in nine provinces across the country.
  • Masdar to begin tendering for carbon-capture scheme

    16 May 2008

    Energy company draws up shortlist of potential consultants for first contract.
  • Al-Zour awards puts Kuwait in downstream spotlight

    15 May 2008

    The award of the five main packages on the 615,000-barrel-a-day (b/d) Al-Zour refinery has thrown Kuwait’s massive downstream investment programme into the spotlight as the country prepares to spend more than $30bn over the next four years to increase its refining capacity.
  • Local firms submit applications for Kuwait carbon dioxide deal

    15 May 2008

    Six local companies have submitted prequalification applications for the concession to purchase carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from the Mina al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdulla refineries.
  • Kuwait mourns death of former emir

    14 May 2008

    Kuwait entered three days of national mourning on 13 May following the death of former emir Sheikh Saad al-Salem al-Sabah.
  • Three firms line up for Jubail air separation unit contract

    14 May 2008

    Three international companies are preparing to submit technical bids by the end of May for a contract to build a new air separation unit (ASU) for National Industrial Gas Company (NIGC) at Jubail.
  • Safco extends bid deadline for Jubail urea train

    14 May 2008

    Saudi Arabian Fertiliser Company (Safco) has extended the technical bid deadline by three weeks to late May for the contract to build a fifth urea train at its Jubail ammonia and urea complex.
  • Dolphin Energy evaluates bids for pipeline between Taweelah and Fujairah

    13 May 2008

    Abu Dhabi-based Dolphin Energy has started evaluation of the five commercial bids it received on 7 May for the contract to build a new gas pipeline between Taweelah and Fujairah.
  • Locals bid low for Kuwait pipeline work

    13 May 2008

    The local O&G Engineering General Trading & Contracting Company is low bidder at KD19.3m ($71.5m) for a long-term contract to provide maintenance services for the state’s gas pipeline network.
  • Chiyoda wins Barzan engineering deal

    12 May 2008

    Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation has won the 12-month front-end engineering and design contract covering the Barzan onshore gas processing plant at Ras Laffan.
  • Kuwait awards $10bn Al-Zour refinery contracts

    12 May 2008

    State refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has confirmed the long-awaited award of the five main packages on its planned 615,000-barrel-a-day grassroots refinery at Al-Zour.
  • Opec loses its grip on oil prices

    9 May 2008

    As the cartel's control over the price of crude slips, it runs the risk of becoming irrelevant.
  • Dolphin pipeline bidding enters final stretch

    4 May 2008

    Contractors bidding for the contract to design and build the Dolphin Energy gas pipeline from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah have been notified to submit their commercial proposals by 7 May. An award on the estimated $500m deal should be made soon after.
  • Algiers revives Bougzoul city project

    2 May 2008

    Algeria has revived long-running plans to build a new multi-billion-dollar city south of Algiers, as it seeks to provide housing and jobs for its fast-growing population.
  • Adco receives bids to boost oil output

    2 May 2008

    All four prequalified groups have submitted bids for the estimated $3.5bn project to boost Abu Dhabi’s oil output by 60,000 barrels a day (b/d).
  • Abu Dhabi to invest $20bn in Taweelah

    2 May 2008

    Site will be location for chemicals city being developed as part of plans to diversify the economy.
  • WorleyParsons wins Abu Dhabi Chemicals City consultancy

    1 May 2008

    Australia’s WorleyParsons has won the contract to provide consultancy services to the new petrochemicals complex at the Chemicals Industrial City at Taweelah in Abu Dhabi, the largest integrated chemicals facility ever built.
  • Areva wins Algerian refinery job

    1 May 2008

    France’s Areva T&D has won a Eur32m ($50m) contract to carry out electrical upgrade work at the Skikda refinery in northwest Algeria.
  • Oman bitumen deadline extended

    1 May 2008

    The bid deadline has been extended by more than one month to 2 June for the contract to build a bitumen plant at the 116,000-barrel-a-day Sohar refinery.
  • Pipeline damage forces closure of Libyan field

    30 April 2008

    Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) says it has been forced to close a major production platform on the offshore Jorf field, after an oil pipeline was damaged by mistake during drilling.
  • Algeria and Tunisia sign oil concession accords

    30 April 2008

    The state energy companies of Algeria and Tunisia have signed agreements granting equity stakes in fields that straddle the two countries’ borders to Numhyd, an oil company jointly owned by Algiers and Tunis.
  • Petroleum Development Oman tenders gas pipelines

    29 April 2008

    Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has tendered one of its first major engineering, procurement and construction contracts of the year, inviting contractors to bid for the contract to build two new gas pipelines in the south of the sultanate.
  • O&G low bidder for Kuwait pipeline

    29 April 2008

    The local O&G Engineering General Trading & Contracting is the low bidder at KD5.7m ($21m) for the contract to build an oil pipeline linking transit line 3 and the Doha water and power generating complex in the north of Kuwait.
  • Samsung is frontrunner for Bahrain lube oil plant

    28 April 2008

    South Korea’s Samsung Engineering Company is the frontrunner for the contract to build the new lube base oil refinery at Sitra, after submitting the lowest offer for the project on 24 April.
  • Bids submitted for Jubail ethylene dichloride complex

    28 April 2008

    Bids from all four prequalified contractors were submitted on 26 April for the contract to build the new grassroots ethylene dichloride (EDC) complex planned by the local Arabian Chlor Vinyl Company at Jubail.
  • Abu Dhabi tenders final integrated gas development deal

    25 April 2008

    Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco) has tendered the final package on the $5bn-plus integrated gas development that aims to deliver more than 700 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) of gas to Abu Dhabi.
  • Sonatrach upgrades refining capacity at Skikda and Arzew

    25 April 2008

    Algeria is to increase its total crude refining capacity by more than 17 per cent, with state energy company Sonatrach pushing ahead with two major upgrade and rehabilitation projects.
  • US firm wins major Kuwait oil production deal

    24 April 2008

    The US’ Processes Unlimited has won a KD31.6m ($117m) contract to produce substantial amounts of crude and associated gas for state upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).
  • Kuwait tenders committee increases values of oil projects

    24 April 2008

    Kuwait’s Central Tenders Committee has agreed to a request to increase the value of two of its largest upstream projects by more than KD28m ($104m).
  • Adnoc declines to comment on Conoco claims

    23 April 2008

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has declined to comment on renewed speculation that the US oil major ConocoPhillips is in line to win the Shah gas development in Abu Dhabi.
  • Kuwait firm bids low for Jaber al-Ahmed hospital car park

    23 April 2008

    Kuwait Company for Process Plant Construction & Contracting (KCPC) is the low bidder for a major contract to build a car park to serve the planned Jaber al-Ahmed hospital in the South Surra district of Kuwait City.
  • Two contractors added to Kuwait pipeline shortlist

    22 April 2008

    UAE-based Petrofac International and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries have been added to the prequalification shortlist for the contract to build a major new gas pipeline for state upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).
  • Firms submit bids to supply catalysts to Sabic

    22 April 2008

    Three international companies have submitted proposals to Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) for a contract to supply it with catalysts.
  • Oman awards field compression work

    21 April 2008

    Florence-based GE Oil & Gas has won a major contract to supply centrifugal compressors for four gas fields in Oman, operated by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).
  • Kharafi bids low for Kuwait pier job

    21 April 2008

    The local Kharafi National is low bidder at KD7.8m ($29.3m) for the contract to upgrade and maintain the oil export pier at the Shuaiba refinery, following the submission of bids in mid-April.
  • Dubai confirms LNG plans

    20 April 2008

    Dubai Supply Authority (Dusup) has confirmed that it plans to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) by building a regassification terminal at Jebel Ali.
  • Sabic increases profits despite US and EU slowdown

    20 April 2008

    Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), the region’s largest listed company and the world’s largest chemicals firm by market value, recorded profits of SR6.9bn ($1.8bn) for the first quarter of this year, a 10 per cent increase on the same period in 2007.
  • Tasnee, Sahara sign up US firm for acrylic venture

    20 April 2008

    The local Tasnee & Sahara Olefins Company (TSOC) has signed a joint venture agreement with the US’ Rohm & Haas to develop an acrylic monomers complex in Jubail.
  • Kuwait picks winners for Al-Zour refinery

    18 April 2008

    Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has finalised the winners of the five main packages on the long-delayed $15bn grassroots refinery project at Al-Zour and will make the awards in the near future.
  • Algiers to increase fertiliser exports following Arzew award

    18 April 2008

    Algeria is set to significantly boost its exports of fertiliser after state energy company Sonatrach signed two major contracts, valued at more than $2bn in total.
  • Technip takes $80m hit on Yanbu project

    18 April 2008

    France's Technip has taken a $80m charge on the Yansab olefins plant at Yanbu, because of problems with sub-contractors.
  • Security forces clamp down on pre-election meetings in Kuwait

    18 April 2008

    Accusations of vote buying stoke controversy surrounding May poll.
  • Abu Dhabi awards $610m pipeline deal

    18 April 2008

    One of the world's longest water pipelines, which will bring drinking water to Abu Dhabi, is set to go ahead following the award of a major construction contract.
  • The silk road to China

    18 April 2008

    Links are growing between the booming economies of the Middle East and China as recession looms in the West.
  • Signs of a pick-up in projects after the lull

    18 April 2008

    MEED’s latest survey of engineering, procurement and construction awards reveals a significant drop on recent years, but contractors should be prepared for a busy period.
  • Special Report: Oil & Gas - Contractors survey 2008

    18 April 2008

    The total value of contracts awarded in the GCC oil and gas sector over the past year has shrunk considerably compared with the previous two years.
  • Foster Wheeler wins Bahrain engineering deal

    17 April 2008

    The US’ Foster Wheeler has won a contract to carry out the pre-front-end engineering and design of the planned revamp and expansion of the Bahrain National Gas Company (Banagas) liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) plant.
  • Osos bullish about Yanbu plans

    17 April 2008

    The local Osos Petrochemicals is optimistic that it can still proceed with plans to develop its estimated $1bn polybutylene terephthalate complex at Yanbu on the Red Sea Coast, despite Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) deciding in early April not to take a stake in the scheme.
  • Cegelec wins Algerian refinery deal

    16 April 2008

    France’s Cegelec has won a Eur67m ($106.7m) contract to revamp and extend the electrical grid at the Arzew refinery, near Oran in western Algeria.
  • Kuwait extends deadline for Mina al-Ahmadi pipeline

    15 April 2008

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has extended the deadline by three weeks, to 13 May, for the contract to build a new gas pipeline to the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery.
  • Gasco takes over Abu Dhabi gas distribution scheme

    15 April 2008

    Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Company (Gasco) has taken over responsibility for the estimated $300m project to build a gas distribution network in Abu Dhabi city.
  • Bids submitted for pipeline services deal

    14 April 2008

    Eleven companies have submitted technical bids for the three-year contract to provide pipeline construction services to Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco).
  • Kuwait’s largest upstream tender delayed again

    14 April 2008

    The deadline for bids on the effluent water and seawater injection facilities project planned by state upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has been delayed by a further month, to 5 May.
  • Contractors line up for Zadco pipeline replacement

    13 April 2008

    Six international and local contractors are understood to be preparing to submit technical bids by 6 May for the contract to replace the Zakum main oil line, belonging to Zakum Development Company (Zadco).
  • CB&I returns to Qafco site

    13 April 2008

    The US’ CB&I says it has won a subcontract to engineer, fabricate and build two 50,000-tonne ammonia storage tanks as part of the fifth-phase expansion of Qatar Fertiliser Company (Qafco) at Mesaieed.
  • Sabic exits Osos Yanbu negotiations

    11 April 2008

    Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) is understood to have pulled out of talks to take a stake in the estimated $1bn polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) complex in Yanbu, planned by the local Osos Petrochemicals.
  • Amec to win Upper Zakum consultancy in UAE

    11 April 2008

    Contract to manage increment programme for Zadco will be one of the largest awarded in Abu Dhabi.
  • Korean firms line up for Jubail work

    11 April 2008

    Technical and commercial bids are due to be submitted by 25 April for a major contract to build the grassroots ethylene dichloride (EDC) complex planned by the local Arabian Chlor Vinyl Company at Jubail.
  • Abu Dhabi plans chemicals city in bid for global stage

    11 April 2008

    Multi-billion-dollar development set to boost emirate’s downstream industry.
  • Gas find in Kuwait must be used wisely

    11 April 2008

    Kuwait’s first production of non-associated gas in late March came as a welcome boost for a nation that has suffered because of a lack of gas, both financially and environmentally. But it has a long way to go before it can be called a success story.
  • Gas find unlocks options in Kuwait

    11 April 2008

    Kuwait is to accelerate production of non-associated gas in a bid to cash in on crude exports.
  • Prequalification starts for Qatar petrochemicals complex

    10 April 2008

    The joint venture of South Korea’s Honam Petrochemical Corporation and Qatar Intermediate Holdings Company, a subsidiary of Qatar Petroleum, have invited contractors to submit prequalification applications by the end of May for the downstream portion of their planned petrochemicals complex at Mesaieed.
  • Bahrain extends deadline for Sitra lube oil refinery

    10 April 2008

    A joint venture of Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) and Finland's Neste Oil has again extended the deadline for bids to build a lube base oil refinery at Sitra by a month.
  • Burgan wins Kuwait drilling deal

    9 April 2008

    The local Burgan Company for Drilling, Trading & Maintenance has won a KD59.6m ($221m) contract to supply two deep drilling rigs to state upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).
  • Oman tenders southern gas network

    9 April 2008

    Oman Gas Company (OGC) has tendered two packages on its $150m-$200m gas network expansion, linking the southern Nimr field with the port city of Salalah.
  • Oil field workers die in Oman bus accident

    8 April 2008

    Three workers employed by Oman’s Galfar Engineering & Contracting Company have been killed following a road traffic accident at the Qarn Alam oil fields in northern Oman.
  • Kuwait refinery operator tenders upgrade work

    6 April 2008

    State refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has invited eight local companies to submit bids by 4 June for a contract to maintain control systems at its Mina Abdulla refinery.
  • Sheikh Mohammed confirms review of dirham’s dollar peg

    4 April 2008

    The UAE vice-president says inflation in the federation will solve itself.
  • Masdar selects site for Abu Dhabi carbon-capture facility

    4 April 2008

    Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) has selected the location for its first carbon-capture plant, as it pushes ahead with its multi-billion-dollar-capture and storage programme.
  • UAE considers bid for Olympic Games

    1 April 2008

    The UAE will consider bidding to host the Olympic Games, according to the federation’s Vice-president and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.
  • UAE to sign defence and customs accords with China

    31 March 2008

    The UAE is to sign a number of accords with China as the two countries look to strengthen political and economic ties.
  • Political issues could delay Kuwait refinery

    31 March 2008

    Kuwait’s landmark new refinery at Al-Zour could be delayed even further, following the resignation of the state’s government and the calling of new elections for late May.
  • Oil and gas contract awards slump as costs soar in Gulf

    28 March 2008

    Value of awards in the Gulf oil and gas sector has fallen by almost two-thirds over the past year.
  • Speculation grows over Sabic and Aramco joint venture

    28 March 2008

    The prospect of Saudi Aramco and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) forming a joint venture to develop an integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex has moved a step closer, after Aramco decided to cancel plans for an upgrade of its Yanbu refinery.
  • Seven firms vie for deals worth $1bn at King Fahd port

    28 March 2008

    Seven international and local contractors are to submit bids by 20 April for two major contracts worth more than $1bn, covering the first phase of construction of a petrochemicals quay at King Fahd Industrial Port in Jubail.
  • Gulf project market: The $2 trillion question

    28 March 2008

    Can the Gulf region sustain such massive activity in the building sector?
  • Growth can be sustained in the Gulf

    28 March 2008

    Reaching the $2 trillion mark for the first time is a significant watershed for the Gulf projects market. Over the past five years, the region has been reinvented by schemes that have transformed its infrastructure, its cities and the lives of the people living in them. But many wonder whether the current level of growth can be sustained.
  • Economy: Wealth masks Kuwait's economic stagnation

    28 March 2008

    With a record budgetary surplus of almost $35bn expected this year, Kuwait is one of the world’s richest countries. But its inflexible, state-controlled economy risks undermining this success.
  • Governance: The need for stability in Kuwait

    28 March 2008

    The resignation of the Kuwaiti cabinet in mid-March highlights the political rift in the country that is holding back economic progress.
  • Kuwait refinery operator invites catalyst bids

    27 March 2008

    State refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) is inviting seven local and international companies to submit bids by 29 May for a contract to supply it with catalysts for its Mina al-Ahmadi refinery.
  • Al-Ahelia bids low for Kuwait oil field substation

    27 March 2008

    The local Ahelia Switchgear Company is low bidder at KD2.8m ($7.4m) for a contract to build a substation for Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).
  • Uhde and CB&I Lummus join race for Sohar work

    26 March 2008

    Two additional contractors, Germany’s Uhde and the US’ CB&I Lummus Global, have entered the race for the contract to build a new bitumen plant at the Sohar refinery.
  • CB&I Lummus wins Jubail cracker work

    26 March 2008

    The US’ CB&I Lummus Global, formerly known as ABB Lummus Global, has won a contract worth $140m to supply cracking heaters for an ethylene cracker in the Gulf.
  • Petrofac wins Syrian gas plant

    25 March 2008

    UAE-based Petrofac International has won a Eur291m ($454m) contract to build a gas treatment plant for the local/Croatian Hayan Petroleum Company (HPC).
  • Kharafi group bids low for catalyst

    25 March 2008

    The local/French team of Kharafi National and Camom is the low bidder at KD5.3m ($19.6m) for the contract to provide catalyst loading and unloading services to state refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC).
  • Adco invites pipeline services bids

    24 March 2008

    At least seven international and local contractors are preparing to submit technical bids by 25 March for a three-year contract to provide pipeline construction services to Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco).
  • Agility wins more Iraq logistics work

    24 March 2008

    Kuwait-based Agility, formerly known as PWC Logistics, said on 24 March that it, along with four other contractors, had won a contract, worth up to $450m, to provide transportation services to the US military.
  • Adco invites fresh interest in Bab deal

    20 March 2008

    Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco) is to issue fresh prequalification documents for the retendered contract to install gas compressors at its onshore Bab field in May.
  • Kuwait in flux after cabinet walks out

    20 March 2008

    The resignation of Kuwait's Council of Ministers (cabinet) on 17 March threatens to further destabilise the state's political and economic progress and could force the country to hold fresh elections.
  • Contractors prepare for major Abu Dhabi gas scheme

    19 March 2008

    At least 17 contractors are understood to have applied for the onshore portion of Abu Dhabi’s multi-billion-dollar integrated gas development (IGD) project.
  • Locals win Oman field work

    18 March 2008

    The local Gulf Petrochemical Services & Trading (GPS) has won a RO23.5m ($61m) contract for the third phase development of the Marmul field in the south of the sultanate.
  • Masdar gets ready to announce solar prequalifiers

    18 March 2008

    Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) is preparing to announce the prequalification shortlist for the concession to develop the world’s largest solar power project.
  • Kuwait government resigns

    17 March 2008

    The Kuwaiti Council of Ministers (cabinet) submitted its collective resignation on 17 March, according to state news agency Kuna.
  • Enoc appoints Al-Falasi as group general manager

    17 March 2008

    Dubai-owned Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) has appointed Saif Humaid al-Falasi as group general manager.
  • Bids finally submitted for Sipchem cracker

    16 March 2008

    After a tendering process of more than eight months, technical bids have finally been submitted for the contract to build a new ethylene cracker at the third-phase olefins and derivatives complex, planned by Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) at Jubail.
  • Dubai probes potential of capturing CO2

    14 March 2008

    Dubai Petroleum Establishment (DPE), the government-owned oil production company, has launched a study into carbon dioxide (CO2) capture with an international oil company.
  • Rivals back out of race for key Ras Laffan contract

    14 March 2008

    The joint venture of Qatar Petroleum (QP) and the US' ExxonMobil Chemical Company is on the verge of making a key award on its multi-billion-dollar petrochemicals complex at Ras Laffan, with only the US' Foster Wheeler, and possibly one other company, left in the race.
  • Talks over Al-Zour refinery contracts in Kuwait enter final stages

    14 March 2008

    Awards for four main packages of $14.5bn refinery project delayed until April.
  • Occidental likely partner for Abu Dhabi’s Fujairah plant

    14 March 2008

    Alliance is logical step following agreement to evaluate and develop projects.
  • Jubail cracker attracts just two bidders

    14 March 2008

    After a tendering process of more than eight months, just two technical bids have been submitted for the $1.3bn contract to build an ethylene cracker for Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) at Jubail.
  • Oman faces up to depleting reserves

    14 March 2008

    Muscat is using advanced technology to get the most of out of its oil fields, while assessing alternative energy sources such as nuclear and solar power. But its main concern is the approaching shortfall in gas.
  • Energy: Looking for alternatives to gas

    14 March 2008

    Despite having the world’s sixth-largest gas reserves, the UAE is facing a shortfall in supply as demand for electricity generation rapidly increases.
  • Kuwait to begin producing non-associated gas by end of month

    13 March 2008

    Kuwait produce its first non-associated gas by the end of March, according to the Energy Ministry.
  • Juffali forms second-hand plant partnership

    13 March 2008

    Saudi Arabia’s Juffali Chemical Products has formed a joint partnership with International Process Plants of the US to provide second-hand process plant services to the chemical, petrochemicals, fertiliser and pharmaceutical industries in the Middle East.
  • Dana Gas signs for Sharjah concession

    12 March 2008

    Dana Gas has won a 25-year exploration and development concession covering the Western Offshore block in Sharjah.
  • Almeer wins Kuwait oil work

    12 March 2008

    The local Almeer Technical Services Company (Atsco) has won a contract worth KD3.3m ($12.2m) to upgrade the Minagish water injection plant.
  • Little interest in Oman bitumen project

    11 March 2008

    Just three contractors have put themselves forward for the project to build a new bitumen plant at Sohar refinery, by purchasing tender documents for the contract.
  • Kuwait extends deadline for refineries upgrade scheme

    11 March 2008

    State refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has extended the prequalification deadline for the multi-billion-dollar programme to upgrade its Mina al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdulla refineries by two months, to 15 May.
  • Oman Oil Company buys into Hungarian oil firm

    10 March 2008

    Oman Oil Company (OOC) plans to buy an 8 per cent shareholding in Hungarian independent oil and gas company MOL.
  • Awards due on Borouge sub-contracts

    10 March 2008

    Italy’s Tecnimont is set to award two major sub-contracts for mechanical and construction work on the expansion of the Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge) olefins complex in Ruwais.
  • Kuwait launches emissions scheme

    9 March 2008

    State refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) launched on 9 April its project to sell off carbon dioxide emissions from the Mina al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdulla refineries.
  • Dubai to build new Jebel Ali storage terminal

    9 March 2008

    Dubai Multi Commodities Centre and local companies Star Energy Resources and Tropicana Trading have signed a framework agreement to build a new oil products storage facility at Duabi’s Techno Park, close to Jebel Ali.
  • Adco splits crude deal to aid contractors

    7 March 2008

    Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco) has split work on its crude increment project into three packages, in the latest sign that clients are acting to ease the burden on contractors of heavy workloads and rising material and labour costs.
  • Kuwait to sell CO2 emissions to private sector companies

    7 March 2008

    Carbon-capture programme to begin at Mina al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdulla.
  • The 100 biggest companies in the Middle East in 2008

    7 March 2008

    Financial services firms make up 40 per cent of MEED’s list of the 100 largest listed companies, with real estate and telecoms businesses joint second.
  • Award imminent on Omani field development

    6 March 2008

    A contract award is due soon for the third phase development of the Marmul field in the south of the sultanate, following the submission of final commercial bids in late February.
  • Arabi Enertech set to win Kuwait maintenance work

    6 March 2008

    The local Arabi Enertech is set to win a contract to provide maintenance services for state-owned Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) after the central tenders committee approved its KD6.9m ($25m) bid.
  • Firms line up for Qatar pipeline jobs

    5 March 2008

    International contractors are preparing to submit bids by the end of April for two major gas pipeline projects, planned by Qatar Petroleum.
  • Verenex to make award for work on Libya oil concession

    5 March 2008

    Canada’s Verenex Energy says it is due to make an award for early development work on its oil and gas concession in the Ghadames basin.
  • Omanis set to win Dubai pipeline work

    4 March 2008

    Oman’s Gulf Petrochemical Services & Trading (GPS) is understood to have been selected for a contract to build a fuel oil pipeline between Jebel Ali and the Al-Aweer sewage treatment plant on the outskirts of Dubai.
  • Contractors submit interest for Abu Dhabi gas scheme

    4 March 2008

    More than 20 local and international contractors submitted expressions of interest in early March for the onshore portion of Abu Dhabi’s multi-billion-dollar integrated gas development.
  • Bridge & Roof seals tank work for Kuwait Oil Company

    3 March 2008

    India’s Bridge & Roof Company has won the KD2.4m ($8.6m) contract to build a new storage tank at gathering centre 1 for state upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company.
  • Wild Well wins Kuwait emergency well deal

    3 March 2008

    Houston-based Wild Well Control has won a KD8m ($28.6m) contract from Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) to supply the state firm with emergency well services.
  • Kuwait invites bids for new oil tankers

    2 March 2008

    State-owned Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC), a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, has issued to bid a tender for four new very large crude carriers (VLCCs).
  • Kuwait major water injection scheme pushed back

    2 March 2008

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has extended the bid deadline by 6 weeks to 14 April for its effluent water and seawater injection facilities project, the largest upstream contract currently out to bid in the state.
  • Matthew Simmons calls on regional oil producers to curb output

    29 February 2008

    Matthew Simmons, the controversial energy investment banker, has called on Middle East oil producers to reduce their oil production to extend the life of their reservoirs.
  • Gulf states should reveal oil reserves

    29 February 2008

    There are few more controversial figures in the oil industry than Matthew Simmons. Since the Houston-based banker argued the case for the peak or declining oil scenario in his 2005 book ‘Twilight in the Desert’ he has been at the centre of a storm that has had a real impact on the rising oil price.
  • Adnoc extends deadline for capital’s gas network

    28 February 2008

    Adnoc Distribution has extended the bid deadline for the contract to build a gas distribution network on Abu Dhabi island to the end of April.
  • Abu Dhabi pushes full-field development deadline back

    28 February 2008

    The technical bid deadline for the main package on the multi-billion-dollar onshore Sahil, Asab and Shah (SAS) full-field development in Abu Dhabi has been extended by six weeks to mid-April.
  • Penspen assesses Abu Dhabi refineries pipeline

    27 February 2008

    UK pipeline consultant Penspen is carrying out the feasibility study on the second stage of the inter-refineries pipeline (IRP) project, planned by Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer).
  • Takreer launches third phase of sulphur handling facility

    27 February 2008

    Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) has launched the third phase of its Ruwais sulphur handling terminal in western Abu Dhabi.
  • Bapco delays lube plant deadline

    26 February 2008

    The local/Finnish joint venture of Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) and Neste has extended the deadline for bids to build a lube base oil refinery at Sitra by a month.
  • Muscat invites bids for bitumen plant

    26 February 2008

    Oman Refineries & Petrochemicals Company (ORPC) has invited local and international contractors to submit bids by 21 April for the contract to add bitumen facilities to its 116,000-barrel-a-day Sohar refinery.
  • Octal prepares tender for Salalah storage tanks

    25 February 2008

    Muscat-based Octal Petrochemicals is preparing to tender a contract later in the year for the second phase of the region’s first liquid chemicals terminal, at Salalah.
  • Ibn Rushd explores new Yanbu plant options

    25 February 2008

    The Arabian Industrial Fibres Company (Ibn Rushd) is planning to develop a new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant at its Yanbu petrochemicals complex.
  • Safco launches new Jubail urea train

    24 February 2008

    Saudi Arabian Fertiliser Company (Safco) has invited selected international contractors to submit bids by 5 May for the contract to build a fifth urea train at its Jubail ammonia and urea complex.
  • Strong turnout for Abu Dhabi gas development

    24 February 2008

    Almost all of the world’s major international engineering, procurement and construction contractors attended a job explanation meeting in mid-February for the onshore portion of Abu Dhabi’s multi-billion-dollar integrated gas development (IGD).
  • Six firms bid for Dolphin pipeline deal

    22 February 2008

    Plans to boost gas supplies in the UAE have taken a significant step forward, with six companies submitting bids to extend the Dolphin Energy gas pipeline from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah.
  • Sabic to take stake in $8bn olefins project in Jubail

    22 February 2008

    Industrial giant expected to sign memorandum of understanding with Sipchem by the end of February.
  • Petrokemya launches new downstream facility

    21 February 2008

    Jubail-based Arabian Petrochemical Company (Petrokemya) is planning to build the region’s first acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plant at its Jubail olefins complex.
  • Kuwait Oil launches new contract terms

    21 February 2008

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has introduced a new remeasurable and cost-plus contract for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts.
  • Kuwait crude increment job to go to US firm

    21 February 2008

    The contract to increase oil output from two northern fields looks set to be awarded to US firm Processes Unlimited after the Central Tenders Committee (CTC) approved its offer of KD31.7m ($113.2m) for the work.
  • Samsung converts Saudi Kayan contract

    20 February 2008

    South Korea’s Samsung Engineering Company has successfully changed its contract to build a new polypropylene plant to a lump-sum one. The contract is for the Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company complex in Jubail.
  • Dow and Aramco start search for Ras Tanura technology

    20 February 2008

    The US/local joint venture of Dow Chemical Company and Saudi Aramco are pushing ahead with the $20bn-plus Ras Tanura integrated refinery upgrade and petrochemical complex, by inviting companies to submit proposals for the technology packages on the scheme.
  • Borouge moves ahead with melamine plans in Ruwais

    19 February 2008

    Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge) has started the tendering process for its planned melamine plant at Ruwais by inviting companies to prequalify for the contract to upgrade the existing front-end engineering and design (FEED).
  • Al-Khorayef wins Kuwait heavy oil project

    19 February 2008

    Saudi Arabia’s Al-Khorayef Commercial Company has been formally awarded the contract to implement the lower Fars pilot project (LFPP) to produce Kuwait’s first heavy oil with sand from the northern Ratqa field.
  • United Precision Drilling wins Kuwait rig order

    18 February 2008

    The local United Precision Drilling Company has won a contract, worth KD23.4m ($84m), to supply and operate a deep drilling rig for Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).
  • Kuwait refinery operator awards clean fuels technology deals

    17 February 2008

    State refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has awarded a host of technology contracts for its estimated $6bn clean fuels project (CFP), aimed at upgrading Kuwait’s existing refineries.
  • Kuwait Oil tenders new gas pipeline

    17 February 2008

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has invited 16 international contractors to submit bids by 23 April for a major contract to build a gas pipeline between gas booster station 131 and the new gas train at the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery.
  • Contractors seek clean fuels extension

    15 February 2008

    Major engineering, procurement and construction contractors are calling on Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) to extend the latest deadline on the $6bn upgrade of its Mina al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah refineries.
  • Kuwait Oil plans new water injection scheme

    14 February 2008

    Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) is understood to be planning an increase in crude output from its central onshore Dharif field through the development of a new pilot water injection plant.
  • Osos award delayed by Sabic approach

    14 February 2008

    A contract award on the estimated $1bn Osos Petrochemical Complex at Yanbu has been delayed while Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) considers taking a stake in the project.
  • Abu Dhabi launches integrated gas development

    13 February 2008

    Abu Dhabi has launched the tendering process for the long-awaited onshore portion of its massive integrated gas development (IGD), which is aimed at significantly boosting the emirate’s offshore gas production.
  • Deadline extended for Dolphin pipeline link

    13 February 2008

    The technical bid deadline has been extended to 14 February for the contract to design and build the part of the Dolphin Energy gas pipeline from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah.
  • Oman to boost oil output by 2010

    12 February 2008

    Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), which produces more than 80 per cent of the sultanate’s oil, is expecting an increase in output by 2010 as its enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects come on stream.
  • South Koreans win $1.5bn Oman shipping order

    12 February 2008

    South Korean shipbuilders Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Company and Hyundai Heavy Industries have won orders totaling more than $1.5bn, to build oil tankers for Oman Shipbuilding Company.
  • Duqm decision coming soon

    10 February 2008

    An investment decision on the integrated refinery and petrochemical complex at Duqm will take place soon according to a senior Omani oil official.
  • Kuwait refinery operator invites catalyst handling bids

    10 February 2008

    State refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has invited three groups of companies to submit bids by 27 March for a major contract to provide it with catalyst loading services.
  • Saudi firms to build chemicals plant at Yanbu

    10 February 2008

    Three Saudi Arabian companies - House of Invention International, Al-Muwakaba for Industrial Development & Overseas Commerce (Midroc) and Sara Holding Company - are to build an advanced chemicals plant at Yanbu on the Red Sea coast.
  • Low bidders face losing out on Al-Zour

    8 February 2008

    Kuwait National Petroleum Company set to award contracts based on technical quality rather than price
  • Kuwait needs to maintain momentum on projects

    8 February 2008

    The list of multi-billion-dollar projects being planned by Kuwait is impressive, from a $50bn five-year investment plan for its oil sector, to an $8bn rail system, a $2bn causeway, and the $75bn Silk City development.
  • The Masdar initiative: Hidden costs of alternative energy

    8 February 2008

    Abu Dhabi has ambitious plans for its alternative and renewable energy sectors through its multi-billion-dollar Masdar initiative. However, there are doubts over the scheme’s commercial viability.
  • Consolidated Contractors bids low for Kuwait central bank

    7 February 2008

    Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) is understood to be low bidder for the contract to build the new Central Bank of Kuwait headquarters, following the submission of revised commercial proposals.
  • Groups vie for Algerian desert city contract

    7 February 2008

    Four groups of international consultants have submitted technical proposals for the contract to design and project manage a new city at Hassi Messaoud, Algeria’s main oil hub.
  • Kuwait awards upstream work to Safwan and United Gulf

    7 February 2008

    Kuwait Oil Company has awarded two contracts, worth more than KD28m ($101m) in total, to the local Safwan Petroleum Technologies Company and United Gulf Construction Company (UGCC).
  • Al-Khorayef in line for lower Fars study

    6 February 2008

    Kuwait's Central Tenders Committee has approved the bid by Saudi Arabia’s Al-Khorayef Commercial Company for the lower Fars pilot project to produce the state’s first heavy oil with sands from the northern Ratqa field.
  • WorleyParsons wins Omani engineering contract

    6 February 2008

    Australia’s WorleyParsons has won the contract to provide Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) with in-house engineering support services.
  • Kuwait to import gas to fuel power plants

    4 February 2008

    Kuwait is to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from as early as 2009, as a temporary measure to meet rising power demand.
  • Chevron's Divided Zone concession likely to be renewed

    4 February 2008

    A senior Kuwaiti oil official is optimistic that Saudi Arabian Chevron (SAC), a subsidiary of the US’ Chevron Corporation, will have its Divided Zone onshore concession renewed when it expires early in 2009.
  • Black Cat wins Qatar Petroleum contract

    3 February 2008

    The local Black Cat Engineering & Construction has won a QR348m ($95m) contract to install a smokeless flare and automatic blow-down system for Qatar Petroleum at its Fahahil gas stripping plant.
  • Gas distribution deal on Abu Dhabi island attracts little interest

    1 February 2008

    Only two companies are expected to bid for the contract to build a gas distribution network on Abu Dhabi island: Lebanon’s Contracting & Trading (CAT) and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC).
  • Five groups to bid for $1bn Mesaieed ethylene cracker

    1 February 2008

    Contract for Qatar Petroleum and Honam plant to be awarded in August
  • Contractors gear up for Sharjah crude storage

    31 January 2008

    Prequalification applications have been submitted by contractors to build a fuel storage facility in Sharjah’s Hamriyah free zone.
  • Arabi Enertech bids low for Kuwait petrochemicals contract

    31 January 2008

    The local Arabi Enertech is low bidder at KD6.9m ($24.6m) for a long-term contract to provide maintenance services to facilities operated by state-owned Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC).
  • Spaniards win Algerian convention centre contract

    30 January 2008

    Spain’s Obrascon Huarte Lain has won a Eur400m ($591m) contract to build a convention centre at Oran for Algerian state energy company Sonatrach.
  • Circle Oil joins Gemsa exploration in Egypt

    29 January 2008

    London-listed Circle Oil has signed an agreement with Greece’s Vegas Oil & Gas to take a stake in the exploration and development of the northwest Gemsa concession in Egypt.
  • Deutag bids low for Bahrain drilling deal

    29 January 2008

    Aberdeen-based KCA Deutag is low bidder at $35.9m for a contract to provide a 2,000-HP drilling rig for Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco).
  • Masdar readies tender for solar power in Abu Dhabi

    28 January 2008

    The Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) is preparing to issue tenders for the contract to develop the world’s largest solar thermal power project.
  • Decision close on Abu Dhabi carbon storage site

    27 January 2008

    The Abu Dhabi government is decide soon on the first site for its nationwide multi-billion-dollar carbon capture and storage (CCS) programme.
  • Firms line up for Shuaiba pier job

    27 January 2008

    State refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has invited 10 local contractors to submit bids by 20 March for a contract to upgrade the oil export pier at the Shuaiba refinery.
  • Contractors prepare for field substation work

    27 January 2008

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has invited contractors to submit bids by 4 March for a contract to install an 11-kV substation at its Magwa field.
  • UAE utilities reform must match Masdar ambitions

    25 January 2008

    An integrated strategy is required if the federation is to throw off its tag as the planet's most polluting nation.To work, initiatives have to go hand in hand with widescale reform.
  • Abu Dhabi seeks financing for Ruwais hydrogen power plant

    25 January 2008

    Multi-billion-dollar project is first of several aimed at cutting CO2 emissions
  • Four shortlisted to design Masdar headquarters

    24 January 2008

    Four architect firms have been shortlisted for the contract to design the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) headquarters at its planned carbon-neutral city development.
  • Kuwait cabinet approves budget

    24 January 2008

    Kuwait’s Council of Ministers (cabinet) has approved the state’s budget for the 2008/09 fiscal year, which starts on 1 April.
  • Contractors prepare for Oman's Nimr field development

    23 January 2008

    Local and international companies are preparing for two contracts to develop the Nimr oil and gas field in the south of the sultanate.
  • Contractors prepare prices for Marmul field work

    23 January 2008

    Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) is evaluating technical bids for the third phase development of its Marmul field in the south of the sultanate.
  • United Gulf selected for pipeline work

    22 January 2008

    The Central Tenders Committee has approved the KD9.7m ($34.6m) bid submitted by the local United Gulf Construction Company to install water effluent transfer pipelines between three gathering centres and the Minagish water injection plant in west Kuwait.
  • Sultan Asad bids low for Kuwait field work

    22 January 2008

    The local Sultan Asad & Sons General Trading & Contracting Company is low bidder at KD5.6m ($20m) for a contract to upgrade electrical infrastructure at gathering centre 23 in Kuwait.
  • Bechtel wins engineering contract on Ruwais refinery

    21 January 2008

    The US’ Bechtel has been selected for the front-end engineering and design contract on the grassroots expansion of the Ruwais refinery, planned by Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer).
  • Borouge abandons phenols plan

    21 January 2008

    Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge) has abandoned plans to expand into phenols production at its Ruwais production site.
  • Bidders line up for Petro-Rabigh expansion

    17 January 2008

    Four companies are understood to be competing for the joint front-end engineering and design, and project management consultancy contract for Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company (Petro-Rabigh).
  • Local contractors bid low for Kuwaiti building projects

    17 January 2008

    Abdul Rahman al-Bisher Sons General Trading & Contracting Company and Ghassan Ahmed Saud al-Khaled & Partners Company are low bidders for two building contracts.
  • Al-Hassan wins Nimr field development job

    15 January 2008

    The local Al-Hassan Engineering has won the contract, worth about $65m, to implement the Nimr C full-field water injection project in the south of the sultanate.
  • Adma-Opco awards major offshore contract

    14 January 2008

    Abu Dhabi-based National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) is frontrunner for an estimated $200m contract to install two offshore wellhead towers for Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco).
  • Amec renews $320m Kuwait upstream management deal

    13 January 2008

    The UK’s Amec has renewed its five-year in-house management contract with Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) in a deal worth an estimated KD90m ($321m).
  • Korean dominance in Middle East construction grows

    11 January 2008

    South Korean contractors are cementing their hold over Middle East construction.
  • Sabic plans partnership with Aramco

    11 January 2008

    Riyadh keen for state firms to jointly develop projects without assistance from international companies
  • Conoco takes lead in Shah gas bidding

    11 January 2008

    US company is surprise frontrunner for sour gas project, with Shell and Occidental set to lose out
  • State invites foreign firms to apply for clean fuels project

    11 January 2008

    State refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has invited international contractors to submit prequali-fication applications by the end of January for the three main contracts on the multi-billion-dollar programme to upgrade its three refineries.
  • Saudi Aramco: Downstream move pays off

    11 January 2008

    Saudi Aramco’s decision to enter the petrochemicals industry five years ago came as a surprise to most industry observers, but its success is encouraging the company to go further down this route.
  • Conoco surprise frontrunner for sour gas deal

    10 January 2008

    The US’ ConocoPhillips has emerged as the surprise frontrunner for the multi-billion-dollar project to develop sour gas reserves from the Shah field in Abu Dhabi.
  • Education Minister under fire

    9 January 2008

    Education Minister Nuriya al-Sabeeh faces a vote of no confidence in Kuwait’s National Assembly (parliament) by the end of January, following a 10-hour grilling in parliament on 8 January.
  • Prequalifiers set for Zakum demothballing

    8 January 2008

    Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco) is understood to be preparing to tender the contract to demothball the Zakum Central Super Complex (ZCSC).
  • GE wins fertiliser compression deal

    8 January 2008

    GE Oil & Gas has won a major contract to supply gas turbine and compressor technology for the fifth-stage expansion project planned by Qatar Fertiliser Company (Qafco).
  • Safwan selected for Kuwaiti gas compression deal

    7 January 2008

    The Central Tenders Committee has approved the KD18.8m ($67.1m) bid by the local Safwan Petroleum Technologies Company to provide gas compression and reinjection services.
  • Korean firm scoops $1.1bn green diesel deal

    7 January 2008

    South Korea’s GS Engineering & Construction has received a letter of award for the $1.14bn contract to build a green diesel plant at Ruwais for Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer).
  • PetroSteel wins Kayan tank work

    6 January 2008

    The local Petro Steel has won a major contract, worth $62m, to erect storage tanks at the multi-billion-dollar Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company complex in Jubail.
  • Fluor wins upstream management deal, Amec to follow

    6 January 2008

    The US’ Fluor Corporation has renewed its five-year management deal with state upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) in a deal worth $334m.A similar five-year contract is expected to be signed with the UK’s Amec in late January.
  • Sector outlook 2008: Petrochemicals

    4 January 2008

    With costs expected to rise further, the slowdown in project activity looks set to continue.Rising engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) costs, combined with a lack of cheap gas feedstock, has led to the number of new projects announced tailing off sharply since the regional industry's 2006 peak.
  • South Korean firms bid low for Al-Zour

    4 January 2008

    South Korean contractors are in prime position for all four of the main process packages on the $14bn refinery project at Al-Zour, after technical and commercial offers were submitted on 26 December.
  • State invites interest in Al-Shaheen

    4 January 2008

    Qatar Petroleum (QP) is inviting expressions of interest from international contractors for the main package on its estimated $5bn Al-Shaheen grassroots refinery.
  • Bids in for Kuwait’s new refinery project

    30 December 2007

    State refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) received bids on 26 December for its $14bn refinery project at Al-Zour.
  • Equate Petrochemical considers expansion of product range

    20 December 2007

    The local/US Equate Petrochemical Company could expand its product range once its second-phase Olefins II expansion comes on stream later this year, according to its chief executive officer Hamed al-Terkait.
  • Dewa to award $170m reservoir contract

    17 December 2007

    Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) is about to award a major contract to expand the Mushrif water reservoir by 180 million gallons.
  • Gasco awards $150m gas pipeline contract

    17 December 2007

    Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Company (Gasco) has awarded a 23-month AED560m ($152.6m) contract to build a new natural gas liquid (NGL) pipeline to Dodsal, an Abu Dhabi-based contractor.
  • Refinery operator evaluates upgrade bids

    16 December 2007

    The local ABJ Engineering & Contracting is low bidder a KD4.2m ($15m) for a contract to upgrade fire and gas detection systems at the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery.
  • The return of Big Oil

    14 December 2007

    With the nationalisation of the Middle East oil industry, major international companies were excluded from the region’s easy-to-access reserves. But as fields begin to dry up, their expertise is in demand.
  • Sabic warns of project cancellations

    14 December 2007

    The head of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) has warned the industry faces delays and potential project cancellations over the next few years because of a spike in engineering, procurement and costs (EPC) costs and a shortage of materials.
  • Dow and Petrochemical Industries announce $19bn venture

    13 December 2007

    Dow Chemical Company of the US will create a new $19bn joint venture company with an arm of the Kuwaiti government.
  • Tenders committee to question contractors over $650m deal

    13 December 2007

    Kuwait’s Central Tenders Committee is to question three companies that have bid for a contract worth more than $650m.
  • Saudi Kayan awards $400m Jubail contracts

    12 December 2007

    Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company has awarded contracts worth more than $400m on its giant Jubail project to Mohammed al-Mojil Group from Saudi Arabia.
  • Arabian Amines signs up Hanwha and Hyundai

    12 December 2007

    Arabian Amines Company, a joint venture, has awarded an early works agreement on a complex in Jubail to Hanwha Engineering & Construction and Hyundai Engineering Company, both from South Korea.
  • Kuwait invites four to bid for Bayan conference hall

    10 December 2007

    Kuwait's Ministry of Public Works has invited four local contractors to submit bids by 23 January for a major contract to design, build and maintain new conference halls at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City.
  • Contractors prepare offers for Kuwait oil deals

    9 December 2007

    Local grade 1 contractors are preparing bids for two contracts covering the modernisation of the state’s upstream infrastructure.
  • National Contracting wins Rabigh expansion

    9 December 2007

    The local National Contracting Company (NCC) has won the contract to expand the oil-fired Rabigh power plant, on the Red Sea coast.
  • BP plans to increase oil production

    7 December 2007

    BP is in talks with state upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) to increase production of conventional oil reserves in north and west Kuwait.
  • Abu Dhabi to award $10bn sour gas deal

    7 December 2007

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has confirmed that an award for the onshore Shah sour gas field will be made before the end of the year as oil majors vie for the $10bn contract.
  • GS Ruwais green diesel bid highlights rise of Koreans

    7 December 2007

    South Korea's GS Engineering & Construction is low bidder for the Ruwais green diesel project, planned by Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer), with an offer of about $1bn.
  • Tehran set to pump gas to the UAE

    6 December 2007

    Tehran is set to pump gas to the UAE from as early as March next year, according a senior official at state-owned Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC).
  • Beijing approves joint venture refinery

    5 December 2007

    Beijing has approved a new integrated refinery and petrochemicals project, planned by Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and China’s Sinopec.
  • Bapco issues long-awaited lube plant tender

    4 December 2007

    The local/ Finnish joint venture of Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) and Neste has issued the long-awaited tender for the contract to build the grassroots lube base oil refinery at Sitra.
  • SK announces gas train award

    4 December 2007

    South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction has won the KD190m ($679m) contract to build the state’s fourth gas fractionation train on behalf of Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC).
  • Manama issues long-awaited lube plant tender

    4 December 2007

    The local/Finnish joint venture of Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) and Neste has issued the long-awaited tender for the contract to build the grassroots lube base oil refinery at Sitra.
  • Adco invites bids for Sas field development

    3 December 2007

    The Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco) has issued the long-awaited invitation to bid documents for the main package on its multi-billion-dollar Sahil, Asab and Shah (Sas) full-field development.
  • KNPC replaces senior managers in reshuffle

    3 December 2007

    State refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Council (KNPC) has replaced some of its top managers following the arrival of new managing director and chairman Farouk al-Zanki in early October.
  • Ethylene amines plant goes to Korean consortium

    3 December 2007

    The Korean consortium of Hanwha Engineering & Construction and Hyundai Engineering is understood to have been preliminarily selected for the main construction package on the Jubail ethylene amines complex planned by the US/local Arabian Amines Company.
  • Almeer bids low for tank upgrade work

    3 December 2007

    The local Almeer Technical Services Company (Atsco) is low bidder at KD3.3m ($11.8m) for a contract to upgrade and modify tank injection pumps and the drainage system at the Minagish water injection plant in west Kuwait.
  • Marafiq announces prequalifiers for Yanbu water and power project

    29 November 2007

    The Power & Water Utility Company for Jubail & Yanbu (Marafiq) has unconditionaly prequalified 11 developer groups for its Yanbu independent water and power project (IWPP).
  • Council approves major projects

    29 November 2007

    Kuwait Municipal Council has approved three major projects, which, if implemented, will revolutionise the state’s urban development.
  • Adco retenders Bab compressor contract

    28 November 2007

    Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco) is set to retender the contract to install gas compressors at its onshore Bab field after the original two bids came in substantially over budget.
  • Eight bidders vie for Marmul field development

    28 November 2007

    Local and international contractors are preparing to submit technical bids by 1 December for a contract to undertake the third-phase development of the Marmul field in the south of the sultanate.
  • Behbehani wins Kuwait International Airport deal

    27 November 2007

    The local Syed Hamid Behbehani & Sons Company has won a KD10.7m ($38m) contract to build control and meteorology centres at Kuwait International Airport.
  • Tehran plans for new motorway

    27 November 2007

    The local Tehran-Shomal Freeway Company has invited international and local contractors to submit prequalification applications for a contract to finance, design and build the third phase of a new motorway between Tehran and Shomal.
  • Gulf Drilling wins Kuwait Oil deal

    26 November 2007

    The local Gulf Drilling & Maintenance Company has won a contract, worth KD6.8m ($24.3m), to provide upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company with oil field services.
  • Tenders committee approves gas train offer

    26 November 2007

    The Central Tenders Committee has approved the KD190m ($678.6m) offer submitted by South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction for the construction of the fourth gas fractionation train project, planned by Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC).
  • Alamiah bids low for parliament building

    25 November 2007

    Precast specialist, the local Alamiah Building Company is low bidder at KD28.2m ($100.7m) for the contract to build the National Assembly (parliament) expansion.
  • Kuwait Dynamics bids low for tank work

    25 November 2007

    Kuwait Dynamics is low bidder at KD15.9m ($56.8m) for the contract to build five new water storage tanks at Al-Mutalaa Al-Aali.
  • Adnoc cancels Ruwais aromatics plant

    24 November 2007

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has cancelled plans to develop an aromatics plant as part of the multi-billion-dollar expansion of its Ruwais refinery.
  • Two sides of the Dubai boom

    24 November 2007

    The news that Dubai World is planning to merge two of its subsidiaries, Nakheel and Istithmar Real Estate, is hugely significant. At a stroke, the new company will become the largest real estate firm in the world, with projects worth a combined $52bn, making it far bigger than the other Dubai-based stalwart, Emaar Properties.
  • Uhde wins Mesaieed engineering and design contract

    24 November 2007

    Uhde has won the front-end engineering and design contract on a plant being planned by Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco) at Mesaieed.
  • Muscat moves downstream with a Salalah plant

    23 November 2007

    The unexpected opening of a downstream plastics manufacturing facility in the Salalah free zone marks the start of a new phase in the region's petrochemicals industry.
  • Producer rankings: Sabic towers over regional rivals

    23 November 2007

    While the private sector is becoming more prominent in petrochemicals production in the region, the dominance of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation is set to continue for at least the next decade
  • OVERVIEW: Growth through specialisation in downstream petrochemicals

    23 November 2007

    As the Gulf increasingly moves into downstream petrochemicals industries, new projects aimed at producing speciality products will give a much-needed boost to the sector.
  • Bids in for tank painting work

    22 November 2007

    The local Ahmad Ghuloom Redha Ashkanani General Trading & Contracting Company is low bidder at KD9.73m ($34.75m) for the contract to clean, repair and paint crude storage tanks belonging to Kuwait Oil Company.
  • Abu Dhabi awards Zakum expansion deal

    21 November 2007

    The local/French consortium of the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) and Paris-based Technip has been formally awarded the $370m contract to expand gas processing facilities at the offshore lower and upper Zakum fields.
  • Kuwait Oil Company tenders pipeline projects

    21 November 2007

    State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) is inviting local contractors to bid for two major contracts to upgrade its oil field and crude pipeline infrastructure.
  • Special Report: Kuwait - State of paralysis

    16 November 2007

    There is rarely a dull moment in Kuwaiti politics. But even by the standards of recent years, the events of the past month must have made even the most jaded observer sit up and take notice.
  • Plant awards to boost power capacity above 2,000MW

    16 November 2007

    Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) is pushing ahead with two major power generation contracts to add more than 2,000 megawatts (MW) to the kingdom’s total generating capacity.
  • Major pumping station contracts attract wide interest

    15 November 2007

    Fifteen international and local contracting groups have submitted prequalification applications for a major contract to build two water pumping stations at Al-Zour and Mina Abdullah.
  • National ChevronPhillips awards three compressors contracts

    15 November 2007

    Florence-based GE Oil & Gas has won a contract to supply three compression trains for the National ChevronPhillips olefins and styrene complex in Jubail.
  • Two exploration deals signed

    15 November 2007

    The Ministry of Oil & Gas has signed two exploration and production sharing agreements with India’s Reliance Industries and RAK Petroleum, covering onshore block 30 and offshore block 41.
  • Commercials bids in for Osos

    14 November 2007

    Commercial bids have been submitted for the main package on the polybutylene terepthalate complex, planned by the local Osos Petrochemicals Company.
  • Can Kuwait oil make the grade?

    9 November 2007

    With ageing light crude fields, Kuwait Oil Company is turning to heavy oil as it looks to up its output to 4 million barrels a day.
  • Rabigh enters second phase

    26 October 2007

    Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Company have launched the second-phase expansion of their $10,000 million Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company (Petro-Rabigh) integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex on the Red Sea coast.
  • Libyan gas reserves equal untapped potential

    12 October 2007

    Progress on exploiting Libya’s gas reserves remains slow as bureaucracy hampers its ambitious exploration plans.
  • Technology: Power without pollution

    10 August 2007

    As environmental sustainability rises up the agenda, one of the key questions being asked by oil companies is what to do with the polluting by-products of the industry.
  • Kuwait government gets tough on corruption

    22 December 2006

    After years of inaction, Kuwait's government is finally getting tough. In the space of two weeks in early December, the government rocked the normally placid business community by acting on State Audit Bureau (SAB) recommendations to cancel four private sector contracts.
  • KUWAIT INVESTMENT AUTHORITY: On the move

    17 November 2006

    The board of directors of the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) recently handed it a daunting task. 'We have been set a target of doubling our investment portfolio over the next 10 years, independent of any additional cash injections [from the state],' says KIA managing director Bader al-Saad. 'It's a challenge, but I'm confident we can do it.'
  • Dredging: Confident in spite of capacity constraints

    10 February 2006

    Several ambitious projects mean dredging contractors will have their hands full in 2006 - too full, some say.
  • Kuwait: Building height restrictions on the up

    23 December 2005

    After years of height restrictions on building in Kuwait, construction firms are beginning to reach for the sky.
  • Mushrif: Feet firmly on the ground

    13 May 2005

    Kuwait is experiencing an unprecedented construction boom. Mushrif is one of many local firms cashing in.
  • Kuwait: No cap on spending plans

    18 February 2005

    The government is at last able to green light major capital expenditure on infrastructure and other projects.
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