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New projects

Kuwait to invite tenders for high-tech clean-up Subscription

16 July 2014

Companies can bid for contract to treat oil spills

Qatar to invest $11bn in developing offshore Bul Hanine oil field Subscription

19 May 2014 | By

State oil company to build new offshore production facilities to double capacity of asset

Egypt extends licence round bid deadline Subscription

4 May 2014 | By

Bids for oil and gas exploration deals for four regions in Egypt now expected for 3 July

Iraq completes two new gas facilities Subscription

12 March 2014 | By

Egypt’s Petroject completes two of five gas compression facilities

Iraq plans major expansion of oil storage facilities Subscription

2 March 2014 | By

Storage capacity to more than double to 15 million cubic metres

Project bids

Kuwait

Bid submission delayed for Kuwait gas project Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

New deadline set for companies looking to carry out gas unit overhaul at Al-Ahmadi refinery

Sonatrach signs $600m contract with Dodsal

Sonatrach signs $600m contract with Dodsal Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

Dubai-based engineering firm to build gas compression and reinjection facilities near Hassi Messaoud

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

Kuwait to award water injection deal soon Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Disparity between bids and project’s budget blamed for delays

Gas flare

Kuwait invites bids for new gas facility Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

State oil company says gas sweetening plant is needed to meet production targets and reduce flaring

Oil rig

Maintenance management tender floated for Iraq oil field Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Companies asked to submit bids by 10 August

Petrofac bids low for $4.3bn Kuwait oil development Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Companies submit bids to construct first phase of Lower Fars heavy oil development project

Alghanim submits lowest bid for Kuwaiti cleanup Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

Mopping up after the First Gulf War

Saudi Aramco releases $3bn Khurais expansion tenders Subscription

1 July 2014 | By

Five packages available at oilfield expansion project in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia 

Project awards

Sonatrach signs $600m contract with Dodsal

Sonatrach signs $600m contract with Dodsal Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

Dubai-based engineering firm to build gas compression and reinjection facilities near Hassi Messaoud

Kuwait Oil Company awards $465m in rig contracts

Kuwait awards $465m in rig contracts Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Sinopec and Kuwait Drilling Company win deals as country looks to ramp up oil production

Foster Wheeler awarded Libya upstream design deal Subscription

20 July 2014 | By

US engineering consultancy Foster Wheeler awarded contract as $800m Area 47 project is restarted after concerns about instability

NPCC awarded package one of Nasr field development Subscription

15 July 2014 | By

Local group considers remarkable run of contracts in Abu Dhabi offshore sector

Consortium wins $2bn-plus contract on Nasr field Subscription

9 July 2014 | By

Relief for South Korean group with major award after long drought in Abu Dhabi offshore market

Kuwait Oil Company awards $2.3bn gas contracts Subscription

8 July 2014 | By

Petrofac, Dodsal Group and Larsen & Toubro awarded contracts for gas gathering centres

Sonatrach awards Eni three exploration permits Subscription

1 July 2014 | By

Italian oil major Eni to carry out studies and drilling on onshore basins in southern Algeria

Petronash wins Aramco gas field contract Subscription

22 June 2014 | By

Oil major awards Dubai-based company deal to build 18 gas modular skids

Updates

Kuwait

Bid submission delayed for Kuwait gas project Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

New deadline set for companies looking to carry out gas unit overhaul at Al-Ahmadi refinery

Woodside buys stake in Morocco’s Doukkala Basin Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

Australian oil explorer Woodside Petroleum acquires a 25 per cent stake from Chariot

Libya restarts El-Sharara oil field Subscription

9 July 2014 | By

National Oil Corporation says output will be ramped up

Sonatrach to start production at six gas fields Subscription

8 July 2014 | By

After years of delays all six fields will be operational by 2018

Nasiriyah integrated oil scheme bids indefinitely delayed Subscription

18 June 2014 | By

No timeline in place for upstream and refinery megaproject in the south of Iraq

Iraq oil exports

Iraq starts up third floating export terminal Subscription

5 June 2014 | By

Baghdad bumps up exports from its southern oil fields; but northern sales grind to a halt

Gazprom starts production at Iraqi oil field Subscription

4 June 2014 | By

Russian-led consortium ramping up first line at Badra field

Morocco offshore drilling to start in June Subscription

26 May 2014 | By

Consortium has jack-up rig in place off the Atlantic coast of Morocco

Latest Oil - upstream news

Libya

Optimism increases over reopening of Libyan port Subscription

23 July 2014 | By , Hassan Morajea

Key stakeholders meet in effort to reopen the oil terminal of Brega after it was shut by protesters on 12 July

Onshore oil

ExxonMobil declines Abu Dhabi onshore bid Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Abu Dhabi expected to make final decision on onshore oil fields in early 2015

Kuwait Oil Company awards $465m in rig contracts

Kuwait awards $465m in rig contracts Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Sinopec and Kuwait Drilling Company win deals as country looks to ramp up oil production

Total pulls oil workers out of Libya Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

Oil and gas multinational says fighting at Tripoli airport has disrupted operations

Libyan oil output increases amid escalating fighting Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Exports may be damaged by increasing unrest as heavy fighting causes extensive disruption

Circle Oil plans to drill at Oman concession Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Irish company will drill one exploration well by the end of 2014

Iraqi Kurdistan refutes Dana Gas payments claims Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Erbil says it does not have any outstanding payments to the UAE-based energy group

NPCC awarded package one of Nasr field development Subscription

15 July 2014 | By

Local group considers remarkable run of contracts in Abu Dhabi offshore sector

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Oil upstream trends

Yemen crude production

Unrest in Yemen to weigh on oil production Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Increasing violence and shifting territories may force oil companies to cut investment

Rescue: Aramco took over the development of Jizan Economic City to prevent its failure

Saudi Aramco’s mission creep Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

The oil major’s influence is spreading as it proves itself to be a reliable client for Riyadh

UAE upstream

UAE upstream awards dominated by Petrofac and NPCC Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Nasr award brings total National Petroleum Construction Company haul to $4.3bn since 2012

Mena oil production 2013

Mena share of global oil production slips Subscription

24 June 2014 | By

Production drops in Libya, Iran and Syria as US output surges

Tunisia

Tunisia’s gas sector disappoints Subscription

24 June 2014 | By Richard Nield

Although a new deal signed on the Nawara field will help arrest the decline in Tunisia’s gas output, its other producing fields are still not performing to expectations

Oil offshore

Oil exporters put the brakes on spending Subscription

12 June 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Oil exporters are starting to trim spending to keep budgets more in line with oil prices

Oil prices and Middle East oil production

Stable oil prices expected in 2014 Subscription

11 June 2014 | By

Energy Information Administration forecasts average prices of almost $105 a barrel  

Iraq oil exports

Iraq starts up third floating export terminal Subscription

5 June 2014 | By

Baghdad bumps up exports from its southern oil fields; but northern sales grind to a halt

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MEED commentary

Oil

Crude oil balance shifting to West

26 June 2014

The Middle East’s role as a global oil producer is diminishing as other countries increase their output

Offshore oil

Saudi Aramco takes a breather

5 June 2014

Last year was comparatively quiet for the oil giant as it consolidated its position and made plans for the future

Oil

Oil sector starts to reawaken Subscription

29 May 2014

Doha is increasing oil activity, hoping to shield the country against the shale gas revolution

OIl

Abu Dhabi looks to secure future Subscription

22 May 2014

The UAE capital is by far the biggest spender in the region’s upstream sector, with $9.5bn of work awarded on its fields in the past two years

Oil

Firms line up for offshore work Subscription

15 May 2014 | By

It is clear the next five years will be a busy time for offshore contractors, and a highly competitive bidding process is expected to follow

Iraq

Iraq mine clearance slow to progress Subscription

10 April 2014

Iraq’s ban on land mine clearance companies indicates its increasingly difficult working environment

Iraq

Oil windfall yet to benefit Iraq's economy Subscription

6 March 2014 | By

Sectarian politics and prolonged violence are inhibiting foreign investment in Iraq’s industries

Oil

Aramco looks to include local firms Subscription

13 February 2014 | By

The firm’s new Maintain Potential Programme deal is a creative way of increasing participation of local firms

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Special reports

Oil and gas

Oil & Gas: Region invests in midstream infrastructure Subscription

30 October 2013

As the largest oil producing region in the world, the Middle East is responsible for ensuring populations across the globe are supplied with the energy they need

Oil

Oil & Gas: Outlook for international oil firms Subscription

12 September 2013

The role of international oil companies (IOCs) in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region is constantly changing

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Data

Iraq oil production Subscription

3 November 2013

Oil production data, along with details on exports, flaring, supply to power stations, supply to refineries and associated gas production

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

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ConocoPhillips Subscription

ConocoPhillips is an integrated energy exploration and production company and refiner of oil and gas offering consulting in the Middle East

Kufpec Subscription

The Kuwaiti firm is looking to raise the proportion orf the oil field assets it operates

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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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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: Communications development Subscription

28 July 2014 | By

Upgrade and development of administrative communications

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Research reports

Mena Projects Report

Mena Projects Forecast & Review 2014

10 July 2014

A comprehensive forecast and assessment of the projects market in the region

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