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New projects

Egypt and Kuwait to partner on downstream projects

Egypt and Kuwait to partner on projects Subscription

17 February 2015 | By

Both countries sign memorandum of understanding to invest in $6.8bn-worth of downstream schemes

Offshore

Bahrain to launch oil licensing round Subscription

8 February 2015 | By

Energy minister tells MEED he is preparing to offer offshore concessions within the next 18 months

Oil and gas industry

Egypt announces six oil and gas deals Subscription

11 January 2015 | By

Exploration contracts worth millions of dollars signed

Gathering centre

Design complete for Gathering Centre 32 in southeast Kuwait Subscription

7 December 2014 | By

Tender due to be issued after Kuwait Oil Company approval

Project bids

Oil field

Abu Dhabi receives bids on Bab oil field scheme Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Bab Integrated Facilities expansion valued at just under $2bn

Large steel pipes used for subsea oil and gas transport

Bahr Essalam contract due to be awarded before June Subscription

22 February 2015 | By

Bids being evaluated for Libyan project’s $450m subsea package

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi sets deadline for $2bn oil project Subscription

11 February 2015 | By

Onshore operator pre-qualifies seven bidders for Bab Integrated Facilities expansion

Underground pipes

Low bid on Kuwait air system Subscription

11 February 2015 | By

Prices vary between $97m and $42m

CNOOC tenders wellpads at Missan oil field

CNOOC tenders wellpads at Missan oil field Subscription

4 February 2015 | By

Contractors asked to submit bids by 23 February for southeast Iraq oil development

Rig

Frontrunners emerge for Aramco contract Subscription

2 February 2015 | By

Four companies in a good position for five-year offshore services contract

Kuwait delays Lower Fars contract award

Kuwait delays Lower Fars contract award Subscription

7 December 2014 | By

Kuwait Oil Company says winning firm will not be announced this year

West Qurna 2 oil field in Iraq

Lukoil tenders Mishrif master engineering services Subscription

3 December 2014 | By

Companies asked to bid for West Qurna 2 oil field contract in Iraq by 30 December

Project awards

Rig

Aramco awards engineering contract Subscription

16 March 2015 | By

Three companies selected for six-year Maintain Potential Programme scheme

Oil refinery

Kuwait signs energy deals with South Korea Subscription

3 March 2015 | By

Officials discuss increased oil and gas cooperation

Oil pipelines

Kuwait awards a $30.5m contract Subscription

3 February 2015 | By

Contract to Mushrif Trading comes one week after winning a $12.2m Clean Fuels Project contract

Kuwait oil company contract awards 2014

Kuwait Oil Company awards $8.6bn in 2014 Subscription

2 February 2015 | By

Contract awards see a 95 per cent increase

Rig

Eni awarded Egyptian oil and gas concessions Subscription

18 January 2015 | By

Italian oil and gas company signs agreement for the offshore North Leil and Karawan blocks 

Tebodin wins Abu Dhabi gas lift contract

Tebodin wins Abu Dhabi gas lift contract Subscription

12 January 2015 | By

Dutch group wins subcontract from Galfar Engineering to add gas lifts at 30 additional oil wells

Kuwait awards $4.3bn deal to Petrofac

Kuwait awards $4.3bn deal to Petrofac Subscription

11 January 2015 | By

UK firm wins Lower Fars heavy oil development project contract

Building works

Al-Jaber wins $125m Upper Zakum contract Subscription

16 December 2014 | By

UAE contractor to carry out civil works on artificial islands at Abu Dhabi offshore oil field

Updates

Onshore oil drilling

Gulf Keystone restarts Shaikan oil production Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

UK-listed group receives pre-payments for exports from Iraqi Kurdistan

Wintershall restarts Libyan onshore oil production

Wintershall restarts Libyan onshore oil production Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Fields producing 30,000 barrels a day

Saudi Aramco's Khurais expansion

Aramco considers cancelling $3bn Khurais expansion Subscription

3 March 2015 | By

Decision on whether to proceed will be made in June after engineering is complete

Gas production

Egypt’s Deka project sees progress Subscription

17 February 2015 | By

Two new gas wells to be brought online over three months

Kuwait oil and gas fields

Chevron cuts output from Divided Zone field Subscription

9 February 2015 | By

Wafra production drops amid ongoing Kuwait-Saudi dispute

Aramco slows down Khurais expansion

Aramco slows down Khurais expansion Subscription

13 January 2015 | By

Oil major in talks with Saipem regarding cost-effective way to extend construction phase

Oil gathering centre

Much at stake in the Divided Zone Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

Concerns increase as the land dispute between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia derails another project

Latest Oil - upstream news

Isis suspected of abductions

Two oil workers freed in Libya Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Workers were employed by Value Added Oilfield Services

An armed man walks on the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa airport on 26 March. Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies have launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen

Saudi allies deploy warplanes against Yemen’s Houthis Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan commit 76 fighter jets

Libyan oil

Libyan oil field project revived Subscription

25 March 2015 | By

Eni joint venture tenders nitrogen system overhaul

Mudadala Petroleum to explore off Morocco coast

Mubadala Petroleum to explore off Morocco coast Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

Abu Dhabi group to evaluate 3,433-square-kilometre Mediterranee Ouest area

Pipe yard

Lukoil tenders permanent pipe yard Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

Package is part of second-phase expansion of West Qurna-2 field in Iraq

Oil Apache Egypt

Egypt’s state oil company invests in Iraq oil

15 March 2015 | By

Deal with Kuwait Energy is its first direct investment in a non-Egyptian oil field

Saudi Aramco rigs

Saudi Aramco operating 212 rigs Subscription

9 March 2015 | By

World’s largest oil exporter remains cautious on drilling activity

Libya rivals hold talks amid increasing violence

Libya rivals hold talks amid increasing violence Subscription

9 March 2015 | By

Eleven oil fields shut after a flurry of attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

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Oil upstream trends

kirkuk

Kirkuk dispute to intensify Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Erbil is determined to defend its control of the oil-rich province

Middle East contracts awarded Jan 15

Middle East contracts awarded: January 2015 Video Subscription

3 February 2015

Over $7bn of contracts awarded in January in the Middle East

Kuwait oil company contract awards 2014

Kuwait Oil Company awards $8.6bn in 2014 Subscription

2 February 2015 | By

Contract awards see a 95 per cent increase

Gulf projects index

Iran drags down Gulf index Subscription

27 January 2015

Losses in UAE, Iraq and Iran wipe 0.5 per cent off regional projects index

Ship: The Atwood Achiever began drilling in December

Drilling reignites territorial dispute Subscription

20 January 2015 | By

Oil exploration activity in the Western Sahara could bring renewed violence to the North African disputed territory, with a billion barrels of oil potentially at stake

Samir Brikho, CEO, Amec Foster Wheeler

Amec Foster Wheeler sets sights on Saudi Arabia Subscription

20 January 2015 | By

CEO of the newly formed company, Samir Brikho speaks to MEED

Cloud computing

Interview: Richard Longdon, CEO, Aveva Solutions Subscription

14 December 2014 | By

Cloud computing is the future for oil and gas, but customers have to adapt their mindset, says Aveva CEO Richard Longdon.

Refinery

A new era for contracting Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

The recent price dispute at Aramco’s Jizan project suggests a new period of less aggressive bidding is around the corner

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MEED commentary

Kevin Baxter

Khurais field's future under threat Subscription

5 March 2015

Saudi Aramco will make decision when cost savings are established

Refinery

Aramco’s selective spending Subscription

3 March 2015 | By

Oil major focusing on specific schemes is right strategy at this time

UAE upstream market set for quiet year

UAE upstream market set for quiet year Subscription

17 February 2015 | By

Fewer large projects set to be awarded in Abu Dhabi after three-year spending spree

Offshore oil rig

Aramco looks to share the pain Subscription

10 February 2015 | By

Bullish production policy means oil major can’t make too many demands from its upstream vendors

The tender for Abu Dhabi’s onshore oil concession has been called the biggest upstream prize available for international oil companies in the Middle East

The Middle East’s biggest oil prize Subscription

3 February 2015 | By

The Abu Dhabi onshore concession is one of the only major regional assets up for grabs for international oil companies

Saudi Arabia plays the long game

Saudi Arabia plays the long game Subscription

20 January 2015 | By

While there are worrying developments, reports on the demise of the kingdom’s oil sector are wildly exaggerated

UN needs to consider its options as Morocco drills in Western Sahara

UN needs to consider its options Subscription

13 January 2015 | By

Inaction over Morocco’s drilling in the Western Sahara may not be the best policy

With Opec production likely to stay constant for at least six months, US hydrocarbons production is now the major source of uncertainty for the oil market

Arab countries will not blink first on oil Subscription

22 December 2014 | By

Regional energy ministers take tough stance on output

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Special reports

Oil drilling

Oil & Gas: Enhanced recovery the future of upstream Subscription

3 September 2014

Tertiary recovery techniques are being seriously considered by Middle East oil producers with heavy investment earmarked for the technology

Oil and gas

Middle East Oil & Gas report Subscription

31 August 2014 | By

The end of the boom for the energy market

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Data

Top 100 Projects, Q4 2014 Subscription

4 February 2015 | By

The largest projects in the Middle East, listed by value

Proven Oil Reserves

Country oil (billion barrels) % of world total
Algeria 12.2 0.7
Bahrain 0.6 0
Egypt 4.3 0.3
Iran 151.2 9.1
Iraq 143.1 8.7
Kuwait 101.5 6.1
Libya 47.1 2.9
Oman 5.5 0.3
Qatar 24.7 1.5
Saudi Arabia 265.4 16.1
Sudan 6.7 0.4
Syria 2.5 0.2
Tunisia 0.4 0
UAE 97.8 5.9
Yemen 2.7 0.2
b/d=barrels per day. Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy. Proven reserves at the end of 2011

Oil production

Country 2009 2010 2011l
Algeria 1,762 1,762 1,729
Bahrain na na na
Egypt 736 730 735
Iran 4,249 4,338 4,321
Iraq 2,447 2,480 2,798
Kuwait 2,477 2,518 2,865
Libya 1,652 1,659 479
Oman 813 865 891
Qatar 1,345 1,569 1,723
Saudi Arabia 9,809 9,955 11,161
Sudan (unified) 475 465 453
Syria 401 385 332
Tunisia 83 80 78
UAE 2,750 2,867 3,322
Yemen 306 301 228
All oil figures are thousand barrels per day. Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy. Production at the end of 2011

Companies

Attarat Power Company Subscription

Attarat Power Company is a subsidiary of Eesti Energia responsible for building Jordan’s oil shale power plant at Attarat Um Ghudran

TransGlobe Energy Corporation Subscription

TransGlobe Energy Corporation is involved in international oil and gas exploration with a focus on Egypt and Yemen

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People

Mustafa al-Shimali Subscription

7 January 2014

Mustafa al-Shimali is former oil minister, Kuwait

Mohammed al-Rumhy Subscription

7 January 2014

Mohammed al-Rumhy is oil and gas minister, Oman

Ahmed al-Sharyan Subscription

9 December 2013

Ahmed al-Sharyan is secretary-general, Noga

Abdulrahman Jawahery Subscription

5 December 2013

Abdulrahman Jawahery is president, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC)

Edward Hanley Subscription

5 December 2013

Edward Hanley is CEO and president, Tatweer Petroleum/Occidental Petroleum Bahrain

Abdel Khalil Almoayyed Subscription

5 December 2013

Abdel Khalil Almoayyed is chairman, Bapco

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Meet the analysts


Kevin Baxter
Energy and Industries Editor
Countries covered: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Algeria

Phone: +971 (0)4 818 0246
Email: kevin.baxter@meed.com

Mark Watts
Energy and Industries Reporter
Countries covered: UAE, Oman, Iran

Phone: +971 (0)4 818 0248
Email: mark.watts@meed.com

Tenders

Saudi Arabia: IT and telecoms O&M (2) Subscription

27 March 2015 | By

Operation and maintenance (O&M) of IT and telecommunications at hospitals and health centres

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Research reports

Oil & Gas

MENA Oil & Gas Market Report 2015

21 October 2014

A comprehensive overview of the $700bn-plus MENA upstream oil and gas, downstream refining and petrochemical sectors

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MEED events

Saudi Mining & Minerals 2015 Symposium

Saudi Mining & Minerals 2015 Symposium

26 - 29 October 2015 | Designed to highlight the full spectrum of opportunities within the entire value chain of the mining industry in Saudi Arabia

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