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Offshore oil exploration rig

Kuwait in offshore oil talks Subscription

23 June 2015 | By

Source says oil company officials aim to start drilling in 2017

Kuwait oil and gas fields

Kuwait to tender its first offshore oil developments Subscription

21 June 2015 | By

Official announcement expected in the fourth quarter of 2015

Project bids

The planned water treatment and injection facility in Kuwait will include an effluent water treatment plant

Water centre in North Kuwait contract to be awarded Subscription

30 July 2015 | By

Sources say the Kuwait Oil Company project will be awarded before September

Kuwait $1bn gathering centre project to be tendered

Kuwait $1bn gathering centre project to be tendered Subscription

29 July 2015 | By

Insiders say Kuwait Oil Company is planning to invite bids in the middle of 2016

GS Energy awarded 3 per cent stake in Adco

Frontrunner emerges for biggest UAE oil contract of 2015 Subscription

6 July 2015 | By

Low bid for Bab Integrated Facilities Expansion said to be in region of $3bn

Offshore oil

Still no award on Hail field development Subscription

5 July 2015 | By

Adoc still assessing bids on Abu Dhabi offshore oil field project

Offshore oil exploration rig

Kuwait in offshore oil talks Subscription

23 June 2015 | By

Source says oil company officials aim to start drilling in 2017

More contractors invited to bid for $800m Al-Zour pipeline

More contractors invited to bid for Al-Zour pipeline Subscription

22 June 2015 | By

Kuwait Oil Company rules out three contractors, according to sources

Dodsal may not bid on Al-Zour $800m refinery pipeline retender

Dodsal may not bid on Al-Zour $800m pipeline retender Subscription

18 June 2015 | By

Source says UAE-based company may concentrate on awarded projects in Kuwait

Road in Iraq

Kuwait Energy tenders roads at Block 9 in Iraq Subscription

7 June 2015 | By

Company to build access roads at concession area in Basra province

Project awards

Dynamic Industries has been awarded a long-term agreement by Aramco to provide services at offshore facilities

US firm confirms Saudi Aramco contract Subscription

29 July 2015 | By

Group is second company to announce long-term agreement for kingdom’s offshore fields

Offshore oil exploration

Swiss firm wins Abu Dhabi offshore oil deal Subscription

16 July 2015 | By

Company to provide electrical and telecoms systems

Offshore oil

US firm wins Aramco long-term agreement Subscription

16 July 2015 | By

Deal covers brownfield work on various offshore fields

Bidders renew bonds for Kuwait manifold project

UK company wins Kuwait manifold project Subscription

12 July 2015 | By

Contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars awarded by Kuwait Oil Company

Oil production

GlassPoint to build $600m solar oil recovery plant in Oman Subscription

8 July 2015 | By

US group gets go-ahead after successful pilot plant at Amal onshore field

Oil well

Petrofac wins $900m Yibal Khuff deal Subscription

15 June 2015 | By

British group will handle engineering and procurement at Oman field development

Italian oil major Eni has signed an exploration deal worth $2bn with Egypt’s state-owned energy company

Eni signs $2bn deal with Egypt Subscription

4 June 2015 | By

Contract follows preliminary agreement signed in March

Oil tanker terminal

Saudi Arabia's Bahri confirms $1bn tanker order Subscription

1 June 2015 | By

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) wins contract for five very large crude carriers

Updates

Kuwait $1bn gathering centre project to be tendered

Kuwait $1bn gathering centre project to be tendered Subscription

29 July 2015 | By

Insiders say Kuwait Oil Company is planning to invite bids in the middle of 2016

Workers mobilised for Kuwait oil gathering centre

Workers mobilised for Kuwait oil gathering centre Subscription

9 July 2015 | By

Work starts on phase one of $790m upstream project

Offshore oil

Still no award on Hail field development Subscription

5 July 2015 | By

Adoc still assessing bids on Abu Dhabi offshore oil field project

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have started talks designed to find a resolution to the dispute that stopped hydrocarbons production in the Divided Zone

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in talks over Divided Zone Subscription

25 June 2015 | By

Kuwait’s Oil Minister says a joint committee has been formed

Aramco expected to approve oil scheme

Aramco expected to approve oil scheme Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

Decision to be made once detailed engineering is completed

Iraq oil

Lukoil hits phase one Iraq output target Subscription

10 June 2015 | By

Russian group welcomes rolling back of Iraqi oil production ambitions

Seawater intake installation

Design on $13bn seawater project set for completion this year Subscription

10 June 2015 | By

ILF Consulting Engineers reveals scope of critical Iraqi infrastructure scheme

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Protests shutdown Tunisian oil fields Subscription

2 June 2015 | By

Staff evacuated amid demonstrations

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Iraq oil

Leadership change at Iraq’s North Oil Company Subscription

30 July 2015 | By

Director-general is removed amid a corruption investigation

Shell is finally pulling the plug on the South Rub al-Khali Company Limited gas joint venture it has with Saudi Aramco

Shell announces 6,500 job cuts Subscription

30 July 2015 | By

Middle East and North Africa operations will be scaled back

If Kuwait and Saudi Arabia fail to improve their coordination over Divided Zone projects, the future cost could be high, especially for Kuwait

Kuwait asks Saudi Arabia to resume Divided Zone production Subscription

30 July 2015 | By

Oil minister says Saudi Arabia will be responsible for Kuwait’s lost revenue

Eni looks to boost oil output in Libya

Four kidnapped near Eni complex in Libya Subscription

20 July 2015 | By

Italian construction workers abducted

Kosmos starts drilling in Western Sahara

San Leon faces legal action over drilling in Sahara Subscription

20 July 2015 | By

Human rights group looks to disrupt Morocco oil and gas exploration plans

Middle East’s biggest energy subsidiser named

Middle East’s biggest energy subsidiser named Subscription

20 July 2015 | By

IMF publishes data on government spending on oil and gas

Offshore oil exploration

Swiss firm wins Abu Dhabi offshore oil deal Subscription

16 July 2015 | By

Company to provide electrical and telecoms systems

Offshore oil

US firm wins Aramco long-term agreement Subscription

16 July 2015 | By

Deal covers brownfield work on various offshore fields

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Oil upstream trends

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Oman prepares to borrow to keep project programme on track Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Sultanate has more than $100bn-worth of schemes in the pipeline, but it needs banks and investors to finance at least part of this sum

An oil refinery in the Panhandle of Texas

US replaces Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest oil producer Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

The US records the world’s largest increase in oil production over 2014

Dispute increases uncertainty in Kuwait’s project market

Dispute increases uncertainty in Kuwait’s project market Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Kuwait Petroleum Corporation row could cause widespread disruption in the energy sector

The main casualty in Saudi Arabia will be large-scale downstream projects such as petrochemicals facilities and new oil refineries

Saudi defence spending rises while oil income drops Subscription

17 June 2015 | By

Even though low oil prices mean Riyadh will earn less hydrocarbons revenue, the authorities are still focused on increasing defence investment and maintaining social spending

Contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: May 2015 Video Subscription

14 June 2015

Nearly $9bn of contracts awarded in May

Faulkner: Region cannot emulate US’ shale success

Interview: 'Fracking 2.0' driving down US shale costs Subscription

9 June 2015 | By

The growth of the US shale production industry is only just beginning, according to the head of Breitling Energy and ‘Frack Master’, Chris Faulkner

Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

No change expected as Opec convenes in Vienna Subscription

2 June 2015 | By

World’s three biggest oil producers close to record highs in May ahead of cartel decision

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Five myths about Saudi Aramco Subscription

27 May 2015 | By

Debunking some of the recent rumours and claims about the world’s largest oil company

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MEED commentary

Wil Crisp

Value of Kuwaiti contract awards in danger of collapsing Subscription

23 June 2015 | By

Dispute over oil company board members could return Kuwait to the era of inaction

Mark Watts

Baghdad-Erbil stalemate continues Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

Dispute over budgetary payments threatens Kurdish oil ambitions

Kevin Baxter

Where next for Opec? Subscription

9 June 2015 | By

A new era of diversity in supply is sending shockwaves through the organisation

Kevin Baxter

Qatar’s oil attracting the big players Subscription

2 June 2015 | By

Al-Shaheen is one of the most technically impressive fields in the world

Wil Crisp

Divided Zone dispute likely to be costly for Kuwait Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Dispute with Saudi Arabia has caused reputational damage

Aramco strategy needs to factor in cheap oil

Aramco strategy needs to factor in cheap oil Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

Reports that US shale oil is dead are completely wrong

QP's risky Al-Shaheen strategy

QP's risky Al-Shaheen strategy Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Re-tendering concession for technically challenging oil field is mystifying

Iraqi oil ambitions checked

Iraqi oil ambitions checked Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Oil Ministry must cut capital expenditure and focus on key export infrastructure

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Special reports

Low oil prices curb contract awards

Oil & Gas: MEED's EPC contractor survey Subscription

11 May 2015

Low oil prices curb contract awards

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 Dominic Dudley

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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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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Gulf Capital SME Awards 2015

28 October 2015 | Recognising success, growth and innovation in business

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