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Sharjah

Rise in Sharjah trade licences Subscription Required

2 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Emirate’s industrial output reaches $12bn

Qatar buys Rafale fighter jets

GCC powers set to continue high defence spending Subscription Required

2 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Drop in oil prices has not weakened appetite of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar for military expansion

Power plant

Alba plans new power plant Subscription Required

27 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

The project is part of the steel producer’s ambitious expansion plans

The Tahrir petrochemicals complex has a total budget of $7bn

Egypt's Carbon Holdings takes first step to IPO Subscription Required

26 May 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Petrochemicals firm securing financing from Abu Dhabi’s Gulf Capital

The Tahrir petrochemicals complex has a total budget of $7bn

Carbon Holdings plans IPO Subscription Required

25 May 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Company will be floated on Cairo stock exchange within 36 months

Sabic joint venture yet to sign petrochemicals plant deal

Sabic expected to award Jubail contract in July Subscription Required

25 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Three contractors looking to be award plant at Jubail in Eastern Province

Six groups have submitted bids for the contract to develop Iraq’s first publicly tendered independent power project

Emal evaluates bids for power project Subscription Required

21 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Expansion will boost capacity by 235MW

Power

Kuwait reopens prequalification for waste-to-energy project Subscription Required

17 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Project will be developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) model

US President Barack Obama

Security tops the agenda at GCC-US summit Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Defence accord under discussion as US President Obama seeks to reassure GCC states of Washington’s support

Oman group to build sebacic acid plant

Oman group to build sebacic acid plant Subscription Required

13 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Chemical will be used in plastics and pharmaceuticals industries

The Sadara project will encourage further investment in the industrial development of Saudi Arabia's east coast

Sadara awards long-term contracting deal Subscription Required

13 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Complex starts commissioning process later this year

Chinese coal-to-olefins production set to impact the Middle East

Chinese coal-to-olefins set to impact Middle East Subscription Required

12 May 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Total says new Chinese facilities could erode petrochemical prices

Kuwait seeks refinery optimisation amid low oil prices

Kuwait seeks refinery optimisation Subscription Required

11 May 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Petrochemical integration seen as a potential way to achieve better profitability

Total says Satorp phase 2 remains viable amid low oil prices

Total says Satorp phase 2 remains viable amid low oil prices Subscription Required

11 May 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Plans for mixed-feed cracker have been stuck at study phase since 2012

Tunisia state phosphate company suspends production

Tunisia state phosphate company suspends production Subscription Required

10 May 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Sit-in protests halt deliveries

Petrochemicals plant

Oman invites bids for $3.6bn Liwa Plastics Subscription Required

7 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

State-owned group prequalified 19 companies for the scheme’s four packages

Kuwait Energy commissions Egypt gas plant

Gulf Fluor completes Abu Dhabi fluorine chemicals plant Subscription Required

7 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Plant is biggest in the Middle East and fourth largest of its type in the world

Rafale

Qatar signs $7bn contract to buy 24 Rafale jets Subscription Required

5 May 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Hollande and Sheikh Tamim sign deal in Doha

New complex to supply chemicals to Halliburton joint venture

Sadara signs offtake agreement Subscription Required

4 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

New complex to supply chemicals to Halliburton joint venture

Design for Oman Liwa Plastics project complete

Design for Liwa Plastics project complete Subscription Required

4 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Front-end engineering and design for Oman petrochemicals project delivered within 12 months

Comment

Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi is still very much an active and vital component of the kingdom’s energy sector, but it is likely the legendary executive will retire within the next 12 months

Creating a giant ministry Subscription Required

12 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

A new ‘super ministry’ in Saudi Arabia would give the king’s sons a huge power base

South Korean firms now have experience on some of the largest hydrocarbons projects that have ever been built

South Koreans will be back Subscription Required

12 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

The Asian contractors will return when the region’s oil and gas projects market picks up

Refining and petrochemicals developments in the region are bearing the brunt of lower oil prices

Downstream projects most under threat Subscription Required

4 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Refining and petrochemicals developments in the region are bearing the brunt of lower oil prices

Farabi should be applauded for moving ahead with $1bn-plus scheme

Farabi takes the lead Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Local petrochemicals company should be applauded for moving ahead with $1bn-plus scheme

Petrochemicals

Petrochemicals will consolidate Subscription Required

17 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Second half of the decade will be a quiet period for the sector

Jubail sets example for Saudi industrial plans

Jubail sets example for Saudi industrial plans Subscription Required

11 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

City presents a blueprint for other projects to follow

Analysis

Vehicles in use 2013

Open road for car manufacturers Subscription Required

26 May 2015 | By Dominic Dudley

Vehicle sales are growing fast across the region, not least luxury brands

Top 100 projects by sector Q1 2015

Biggest projects by sector, Q1 2015 Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Robert Jones

The biggest contract awards listed by value

Largest defence budgets 2014

Joint Arab force gains traction Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Critics warn that a pan-Arab military force runs the risk of becoming a Sunni-led regional superpower unless properly governed

Jubail

Saudi industrial city developments progressing Subscription Required

9 March 2015

The kingdom is spending $11bn to develop downstream, housing and education facilities in the Eastern Province

Ethylene production costs

Oil price drop will lower GCC petrochemicals margins Subscription Required

15 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Regional producers will face stronger competition from naphtha-based crackers in Asia and Europe

Ten richest Mena billionaires

The Middle East’s missing billionaires Subscription Required

3 February 2015 | By Wil Crisp

A lack of world-beating entrepreneurs doesn’t bode well for the region’s economic development

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