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Refinery

Dubai invites companies to bid for refinery expansion Subscription Required

27 August 2015 | By Mark Watts

Emirates National Oil Company to add capacity to Jebel Ali facility

Enoc petrol pump

UAE fuel prices for September announced Subscription Required

27 August 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Fuel prices rose 24 per cent in August as subsidies were scrapped

Abu Dhabi has no timeline for onshore concession stakes

DNO withdraws from Oman exploration blocks Subscription Required

27 August 2015 | By Mark Watts

Norwegian company retains two blocks in sultanate; reports second quarter loss

Gas field

Kuwait summons Iranian envoy Subscription Required

27 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Tehran accused of offering investment opportunities at disputed gas field

With the US Congress and Senate returning for their autumn sessions in September, the business community is hopeful that a renewal of Exim Bank’s authorisation can be passed

US Exim Bank shutdown affects Middle East projects Subscription Required

26 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Paralysis at export credit agency will damage US more than Middle East

Gas plant

Bidders still waiting for Fadhili gas plant news Subscription Required

26 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Bids for processing plant were submitted in late July

Refinery

Egypt appoints loan advisers for refinery expansion Subscription Required

26 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Project will need $1.4bn in finance

Shale gas drilling rig on a field

Japanese group awarded Saudi shale gas project Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Mark Watts

System A to be followed by larger expansion to supply mining operation in north of the kingdom

Oil prices

Optimism plunges among chief financial officers Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Deloitte reports negative impact of sustained low oil prices to optimism and risk appetite

South Pars phase 12

Iran completes phase 12 of South Pars gas development Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Mark Watts

Phases 15 and 16 on track for year-end, but other projects facing significant delays

OIl barrels

Crude prices hit six-year low on Chinese stock crash Subscription Required

24 August 2015 | By Mark Watts

Concerns over Chinese slowdown see oil prices hit lows of 2008/09 financial crisis

Petroceltic invites bids for $2bn Algerian gas project

Petroceltic denies anonymous corruption accusations Subscription Required

23 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Dissident shareholder renews battle

Offshore oil and gas

Chiyoda-CCC awarded $150m UAE offshore contract Subscription Required

23 August 2015 | By Mark Watts

Japanese-led joint venture to carry out modifications at Das Island for Nasr development

West Qurna-2 oil field in Iraq

Iraq looks to reassure oil companies amid southern unrest Subscription Required

20 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Lukoil says its $2.5bn West Qurna-2 project remains on schedule after protests

Iraq oil

IMF says Iraq is unlikely to hit 2015 oil targets Subscription Required

20 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Conflict with Isis and insufficient storage facilities limit oil sector expansion

Abu Dhabi capital city of the UAE

Taqa closes $3.1bn loan Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Refinancing at improved rates

Petroceltic invites bids for $2bn Algerian gas project

Petroceltic invites bids for Ain Tsila Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Four companies prequalify for the $2bn Algerian gas field development project

Isis is unlikely to regain control of Iraq’s biggest refinery in the near future, according to a source

Isis gains ground near Iraq’s biggest refinery Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Jihadist group takes control of western areas in Baiji city

Refinery

Kuwait’s Shuaiba refinery shut after fire Subscription Required

18 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Officials say all the refinery’s employees were evacuated unharmed

Upper Zakum field development

UK firm awarded Abu Dhabi field contract Subscription Required

18 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Project is aiming to boost output from Upper Zakum field

Comment

Andrew Roscoe

Kuwait must maintain momentum Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Government cannot let lower oil prices derail vital infrastructure schemes

Wil Crisp

Kuwait struggles to compensate for lost production Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Jurassic field developments rushed out amid scramble for extra oil revenues

Colin Foreman

Kuwait catches up in 2015 Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Awards that should have been made in 2014 are being made this year

Wil Crisp

Kuwait takes action on Al-Zour Subscription Required

16 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Budget decision increases confidence in the Kuwaiti oil sector

Richard Thompson

'Snap back' clause leaves deal exposed

14 July 2015 | By Richard Thompson

The talks to lift sanctions were tough. Implementation will be tougher still

Wil Crisp

Kuwait’s Al-Zour tactics backfire Subscription Required

9 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Retendering package four proves to be a costly mistake

Mark Watts

UAE oil and gas looks to stronger second half Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Slump in contract awards could turn around on major deals in the pipeline

Wil Crisp

BG’s operations in Egypt could be cut in early 2016 Subscription Required

2 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

The $70bn merger with Shell may spark a reduction in the UK company’s Egyptian activities

Kevin Baxter

Riyadh's quest to maintain oil supremacy Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

High production is Saudi Arabia playing to its strengths and nothing more

Analysis

Top 100 projects Q2 2015

Iraq projects market value collapses in Top 100 projects index Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Robert Jones

But the value of the index in the second quarter edges higher

In 1922, the future king of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz al-Saud was the sultan of the Najd, with ambitions that encompassed the domains of Kuwait’s emir Sheikh Ahmed al-Sabah. Abdulaziz’s son Salman bin Abdulaziz (pictured) succeeded to the Saudi throne in Ja

Understanding the Divided Zone dispute Subscription Required

16 August 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Land, oil, money and pride are all at stake in the dispute between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia over the Divided Zone

Kuwait’s rapid progress on the New Refinery Project over recent weeks has come at a crucial time for the oil sector

The future of Kuwait’s Al-Zour refinery Subscription Required

5 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Unresolved disputes may cause further disruptions to the much-delayed megaproject

Oman seeks interest in Duqm acetic acid plant

Governments turn to private sector for project funding Subscription Required

9 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Sustained lower oil prices could push governments towards alternative lending models

GCC oil and gas contract awards 2009-15

Kuwait buoys slump in GCC oil and gas spending Subscription Required

8 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Contract awards slow in key Middle East oil-exporting markets

Sum of GCC contract awards and Brent crude oil price

Saudi Arabia project awards resilient amid GCC decline Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

GCC first-half contract awards fall by almost a third amid low oil prices

Libya oil facilities

Isis expansion threatens Libyan oil operations Subscription Required

5 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

The outlook for Libyan oil exports is bleak, with Isis threatening key crude terminals against a backdrop of civil protests and disputes between the rival governments

Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

Riyadh’s oil options Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Riyadh has been criticised for maintaining high oil production levels of oil as prices have fallen. But it has few better options

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