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Bahrain News and Analysis

Computer server room

Thales bids low for Bahrain airport technology deal Subscription

Project to kick off airport modernisation programme


Bahrain looks to private finance for gas projectsSubscription

International funding needed

Liquefied natural gas tankers

Bahrain to award gas terminal dealSubscription

Project to help plug shortage of natural gas supplies

Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

Investments in oil assets must continue, says Saudi oil ministerSubscription

Ali al-Naimi says investment pace must continue for producers to meet global demand growth

Oman seeks electricity spot market advice

GCC plans to expand electricity tradingSubscription

Countries want to introduce a market similar to Scandinavia and trade with Europe long-term

Upstream oil

Oil projects in Bahrain and UAE on trackSubscription

Oil ministries say project development will continue despite fall in prices


Bahrain airport seeks firms for fuel facilities Subscription

Prequalification submissions close on 9 December

The Pearl Initiative and the University of Cambridge Judge Business School delivering a senior executive leadership and trust programme in Dubai in March

Anti-corruption drive enlists major GCC companiesSubscription

The Sharjah-based Pearl Initiative says reducing corruption benefits the entire economy, and is set to work with some of the largest firms in the Gulf

Valves at gas plant

Bahrain invites prequalification for gas storage schemeSubscription

Contractors invited to submit documents in late November

Oil tanker

GCC revenues down $275bn in 2015Subscription

Economic reforms needed if oil prices remain low

Gas plant

Three firms bid for Bahrain gas plantSubscription

Scheme part of Bahrain’s programme to increase gas processing capacity

Refinery construction

WorleyParsons bids low on Bahrain refinery contractSubscription

Australian engineering group frontrunner to manage expansion of Sitra refinery

Power plant

Bahrain pushes ahead with plans for next major power projectSubscription

Al-Dur 2 will be developed as an independent power project

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing lobbying for Exim reauthorisationSubscription

Company executive says bank’s suspension puts competition at advantage

Bahrain airport

Bahrain receives offers for airport expansion Subscription

Project to bring airport’s annual passenger handling capacity to 13.5 million

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Work starts on permanent UK naval base in Bahrain Subscription

UK presses ahead with the development of a naval base in the Gulf

New airport terminal planned for Dammam

Bahrain moves airport tender deadlineSubscription

Transport Ministry also keen on reviving second airport plans

Etihad Railway

New timeline for GCC railway due before end of 2015 Subscription

Official opening date of 2018 looking increasingly unlikely

Support: Bahrain will become more dependent on Saudi Arabia if oil prices remain low

Oil ministers and experts to meet in Bahrain

Energy industry leaders to discuss energy market outlook at Apicorp Energy Forum

MENA Power

Governments committed to power projects

Installed electricity generation capacity must rise by 50 per cent by 2020 to meet future demand

majeed karim

Energy trading in GCC moves step closerVideoSubscription

The GCC wants to extend its electricity grid to be able to export and import energy beyond the bloc

Qatar seeks further prices from Facility D independent water and power plant bidders

Acwa Power gains further ground in GCC developer rankingsSubscription

UK/French Engie retains the number one spot in MEED’s 2015 GCC developer ranking

More sovereign wealth funds are planning to increase their allocations for real estate investment. For example, the Qatar Investment Authority has bought Canary Wharf in London

Fiscal tightening creates pressure on sovereign wealth fundsSubscription

GCC governments are facing major fiscal deficits and are starting to draw down on their wealth funds to finance shortfalls

Hamad Port

The best and worst ports in the regionSubscription

The shipping industry in the Middle East and North Africa is recording solid growth, but such statistics mask the large gap between the best and the worst ports

Bahrain puts banks into administration

Bahrain’s modest reserves backed by Saudi Arabia’s support Subscription

Kingdom has received guarantees from Saudi Arabia, which is committed to helping it alleviate the impact of falling hydrocarbon prices

Commercial bank branches in Mena region

A region lacking in banking accessSubscription

Populations in Middle East and North African countries would benefit from far more extensive branch networks

GCC price indices 2015

Oil price volatility hits stock marketsSubscription

Mixed results for GCC equity markets during first half

GCC oil and gas contract awards 2009-15

Kuwait buoys slump in GCC oil and gas spendingSubscription

Contract awards slow in key Middle East oil-exporting markets

Central Bank of Bahrain

GCC governments turn to debtSubscription

Debt issuances welcomed by banking community

Etihad Rail awards employee housing deal

Transport awards dip as decision making slows in 2015Subscription

Project awards value during the first half of 2015 contracts by 36 per cent compared to figures from the same period last year

Corruptioin perception and press freedom in Mena

Tackling the problem of corruptionSubscription

The region’s policies to weed out malpractice and fraud are rarely seen as effective