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Amman set to join global climate leadership group

Amman set to join global climate leadership group Subscription Required

21 October 2014 | By Robert Jones

Jordan’s capital expected to become member of C40 group of major world cities

London-listed Genel Energy has struck oil in Morocco’s offshore Sidi Moussa block

Genel Energy strikes oil in Morocco Subscription Required

21 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Find could be country’s first commercial oil discovery

Algeria plans to tender Oran metro

Algeria plans to tender Oran metro

20 October 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Client yet to decide on packaging strategy

Sace is looking to support Italian exports of machinery and equipment that will be used within Morocco’s expanding infrastructure and construction sector

Italian export credit agency eyes Moroccan deals Subscription Required

20 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Sace to invest $255m to boost Italian exports to North African country

Jordan

IMF to decide on further loans to Jordan Subscription Required

14 October 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Programme performance is “on track”

Algeria

Algeria sets 2022 shale target Subscription Required

13 October 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Sonatrach plans to produce unconventional gas within eight years

$5.4bn aid raised for Gaza reconstruction

$5.4bn aid raised for Gaza reconstruction Subscription Required

13 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Qatar alone pledges $1bn to rebuild homes and infrastructure

Safi power project kick-starts Islamic financing in Morocco

Safi project kick-starts Islamic financing in Morocco Subscription Required

12 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

$2.6bn independent power project reaches financial close

Pylon

Jordan signs power purchase agreement for oil shale power plant Subscription Required

8 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Chinese contractor is building the region’s first oil shale plant

Dragon Oil

Dragon Oil plans takeover to increase Algeria presence Subscription Required

8 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Company looks to bid $800m for Petroceltic

The In Amenas gas plant in eastern Algeria was overrun by Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in January 2013, in an attack that saw more than 60 people killed

In Amenas survivor says attack was inside job Subscription Required

8 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

BP employee says workers with links to Al-Qaeda were employed at Algerian gas plant

hydropower

Morocco relaunches prequalification for hydropower scheme Subscription Required

8 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Rabat had prequalified three groups for the 350MW project in 2013

Circle OIl

Circle Oil finds more Moroccan gas Subscription Required

7 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Successful well is the second in a six-well programme

Morocco train

Morocco tenders railway upgrade Subscription Required

6 October 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Infrastructure work is split into six packages

The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has surpassed 1 million

Violent clashes between militants on Lebanon-Syria border Subscription Required

6 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

At least 18 killed during cross-border fire

Solar power

European development bank agrees loan for Jordan solar project Subscription Required

2 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Bank will provide $25m loan for 20MW solar scheme

Oil

Algeria awards four out of 31 exploration licences Subscription Required

2 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Licensing round is fourth in a row to see little enthusiasm from oil companies

Morocco receives bids for world's largest solar projects

Morocco receives bids for world's largest solar project Subscription Required

2 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Concentrated solar schemes will form part of Ouarzazate complex

Secular politician Beji Caid Essebsi (left) submits his candidacy for the presidential elections in Tunis on 9 September

Candidates approved ahead of Tunisia election Subscription Required

2 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

A total of 27 to stand in country’s first constitutionally backed presidential vote

Tawfik Habashneh, Water Authority of Jordan

Jordan to begin $1bn Red-Dead seawater scheme in 2015 Subscription Required

29 September 2014

Project will create additional capacity of 100 million cubic metres

Analysis

Lama Qussas

Nurturing Palestine’s young talent Subscription Required

16 October 2014 | By Richard Thompson

In response to high levels of youth unemployment and the growing influence of radical Islam, the Palestinian Authority wants to encourage innovation among young Palestinians

Complex: If Turkish troops push into Syria without UN backing, it will be a test of international law

Turkey joins coalition against Isis Subscription Required

10 October 2014 | By Dominic Dudley

There are risks in every direction for Ankara as it prepares to join the fight against Isis

Rallying support: Yemenis watch Abdelmalek al-Houthi give a speech in central Sanna on 23 September

Houthis make bold advance Subscription Required

7 October 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

The rebel group has extended its influence across the country, fearless of retribution from the state, and do not intend to withdraw any time soon

Norway's Statoil and UK/Dutch Shell have been awarded an exploration licence for Algeria’s Timissit block, an area with shale gas potential

Statoil and Shell awarded acreage in Algeria Subscription Required

1 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Award hailed as opportunity to test potentially large shale play

Fervour: Houthi supporters line a street in Sanaa, calling for a greater say in the make-up of the new government

Yemen's ticking time bomb Subscription Required

18 September 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

Escalating protests by Houthi supporters and increasing activity by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula mean Yemen is facing the greatest threat to its stability since the 2011 uprising

Lebanon water demand

Beirut’s water supply challenge Subscription Required

1 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Lebanon’s water supply is under increasing pressure as demand for potable water climbs higher. Beirut hopes new water transmission infrastructure plans will make up the shortfall

Comment

Turkey finds itself on the same side as the GCC states with which it has had such difficult relations in recent years

Rebuilding trust

8 October 2014 | By Dominic Dudley

The Syrian war could lead to Turkey healing its rift with the GCC countries

Morocco can revive region’s renewable energy hopes

Morocco can revive region’s renewable energy hopes

2 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

There has been years of talk with little action

Security forces supporting anti-government Huthis protesters in Yemen

Yemen cannot trade present for future promise

18 September 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

State is in danger of being ripped apart

Syria's President Bashar a-Assad

Respite from cold for Al-Assad

4 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

The West might have to ask the Syrian leader for assistance in stamping out jihadist group Isis

Pylon

Energy key to Jordan’s security Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Amman has been forced to buy expensive fuel oil to meet the shortfall in gas supplies

Mining

Morocco’s chance to lead the pack Subscription Required

7 August 2014

With the right management from Rabat, Morocco can become a global phosphates superpower

In Amenas gas facility in Algeria

Ukraine’s crisis is Algeria’s opportunity Subscription Required

7 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Tensions between Europe and Russia revive a long-stalled gas project, but enthusiasm may turn out to be short-lived

Solar

Lesson of Jordan’s renewables delay Subscription Required

24 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Amman’s alternative energy setback could prove a valuable lesson for the country and the wider region

Renewable energy

Jordan sets model for renewables Subscription Required

12 June 2014

Amman has progressed with 12 solar projects, paving the way for other countries in the region to follow suit

Syria votes

Syria’s political divide set to deepen Subscription Required

5 June 2014

The opposition’s views have been trampled by the recent elections that reinstated Al-Assad as president, and tensions are set to increase

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