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New projects

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

Kuwait Oil Company has issued a tender for a project to construct a water treatment centre in North Kuwait

Kuwait tenders water treatment centre Subscription

22 October 2014 | By

Processing plant to be located in North Kuwait

Aramco raw gas to gas plants and Saudi gas consumption

Saudi Aramco prequalifies tight gas contract Subscription

4 September 2014 | By

State-owned oil major pushes ahead with non-conventional project in north of kingdom

Oil pipes

Kuwait to tender $706m manifold project Subscription

13 August 2014 | By

Manifold project tender due to be issued in one to two weeks according to industry source

Project bids

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

Kuwait reveals timeline for Lower Fars heavy oil project

Kuwait reveals timeline for Lower Fars heavy oil project Subscription

25 November 2014 | By Wil Crisp

State-owned upstream operator says contract will be awarded in December

UAE oil and gas fields

Abu Dhabi invites bids on Bab Integrated Facilities Subscription

24 November 2014 | By

Deadline extended to first quarter 2015 for onshore oil field project

Abu Dhabi yet to award Al-Dabbiya phase three deal

Abu Dhabi yet to award Al-Dabbiya phase three deal Subscription

24 November 2014 | By

Tecnimont frontrunner for major onshore contract after bids were submitted in September

Offshore security

Saudi Aramco plans first award for $1bn offshore security contract Subscription

18 November 2014 | By

Dutch/Vietnamese shipbuilder favourite for $180m patrol vessels contract

Pipeline

Saudi Aramco decides against CCC for Khurais Subscription

17 November 2014 | By

Despite being lowest bidder for two pipeline packages, CCC now out of contention

Jordan extends bid deadline on oil and gas blocks

Jordan extends bid deadline on oil and gas blocks Subscription

3 November 2014 | By

Companies asked to submit proposals on 20 November

Project awards

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

Iraq energy EPC awards

Iraq awards design deal on critical seawater supply project Subscription

16 December 2014 | By

Austria’s ILF Consulting Engineers wins contract on two 150km pipelines

Tecnimont wins $2.3bn Al-Dabbiya field deal

Tecnimont wins $2.3bn Al-Dabbiya field deal Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Italian firm to carry out third-phase expansion of surface facilities at Abu Dhabi field

Oman onshore oil block

Indonesian group wins Oman onshore oil block Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

MedcoEnergi to carry out six-year exploration programme in south of Oman

Bam International has been awarded a contract to build marine infrastructure works for the third-phase expansion of the Al-Dabbiya oil field in Abu Dhabi

Bam wins $88m deal on Al-Dabbiya marine works Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Dutch company to carry out work on shallow-water oil field development in Abu Dhabi

Technip wins Abu Dhabi offshore project management deal

Technip wins Abu Dhabi offshore project management deal Subscription

17 November 2014 | By

French engineering group to oversee three construction packages on Nasr field

Oil spill

Alghanim International wins contract for Kuwait clean-up Subscription

17 November 2014 | By

$28m project will involve excavating and transporting contaminated soil

GE Oil & Gas wins Abu Dhabi gas turbine deal

GE Oil & Gas wins Abu Dhabi gas turbine deal Subscription

12 November 2014 | By

US group to supply technology for Umm al-Lulu full-field development

Updates

Oil gathering centre

Much at stake in the Divided Zone

4 December 2014 | By

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

Water treatment

Dodsal starts work on Kuwait water plant Subscription

22 October 2014 | By

Dubai-based firm was awarded the contract on 15 September

India's TERI prepares to ask for two-year extension to Kuwait oil spill clean-up contract

Kuwait soil remediation project hits setback Subscription

19 October 2014 | By

India’s TERI prepares to ask for two-year extension

Gestamp Solar Kuwait plant to be completed in mid-2015

Gestamp Solar Kuwait plant to be completed in mid-2015 Subscription

7 October 2014 | By

Facility will form part of Umm Gudair enhanced oil recovery system

Drilling

WesternZagros resumes oil operations in northern Iraq Subscription

24 September 2014 | By

Canadian company removed non-essential personnel amid hostilities in northern Iraq

Aramco crude exports

Saudi Aramco planning to increase Manifa capacity Subscription

16 September 2014 | By

Scheme to potentially ramp up offshore field in very early stages

Oil drilling

Atrush block drilling restarts after 21-day suspension Subscription

3 September 2014 | By

Activities at Iraqi Kurdistan field were halted due to hostilities in northern Iraq

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Aramco shortlists four for Khurais package Subscription

1 September 2014 | By

Award expected by end of September after final commercial negotiations

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Oil and gas investment

Qatar warns of weaker investment environment Subscription

21 December 2014 | By

Oil minister says oil and gas projects may see less investment due to lower oil prices

Oil industry

Qatar says oil market may enter a new era Subscription

21 December 2014 | By

Oil minister says producers who cannot cope with lower prices may have to ‘step down’

Riyadh denies using oil as a weapon

Riyadh denies using oil as a weapon Subscription

21 December 2014 | By

Saudi energy minister says oil prices will recover

Kuwait City

Kuwait and non-Opec nations work on oil prices Subscription

21 December 2014 | By

Oil minister speaks at Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries conference

Lukoil invites bids for West Qurna wellpad

Lukoil invites bids for West Qurna wellpad Subscription

21 December 2014 | By

Companies given until 26 January for Iraq project covering 10 oil wells

Oil discovery

Kuwait Energy Company strikes oil in Egypt Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Independent explorer says its Shahd-4 well has been successful

Dubai's Department of Economic Development says persistently low prices are likely to curb spending in 2016

Capital projects will suffer if oil stays at $65 Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Dubai’s Department of Economic Development says persistently low prices could curb spending in 2016

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

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Oil upstream trends

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

Current account balance

A lifeline for oil importers Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

Low oil prices will provide an economic boost for Middle East and North Africa

Incremental Opec crude production capacity

Non-Opec to dominate capacity growth to end of decade Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

Iraq to provide 60 per cent of new Opec volumes by 2020 with declines forecast in Kuwait and Algeria

Middle East contracts October 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: October 2014 Video Subscription

1 December 2014

Over $13bn of contracts awarded in October in the Middle East

Saudi oil production and brent crude price

Riyadh in strong position ahead of Opec meeting Subscription

18 November 2014 | By

Saudi Arabia showing no signs of cutting oil production despite falling prices

Gulf Projects Index

Gulf index falls back to September levels Subscription

30 October 2014

UAE and Qatar record biggest declines in value of projects markets

Gulf projects index

Gulf index rises on Qatar growth Subscription

23 October 2014

Gas-rich state records expansion of 3.4 per cent in value of projects market

Middle East contracts September 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: September 2014 Video Subscription

16 October 2014

Over $2bn of contracts awarded in September in the Middle East

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MEED commentary

Gas

Cancellation of South Stream bodes well for Galsi

17 December 2014 | By

Decision on the Italy-Algeria pipeline expected in May

Offshore oil rig

Choosing the right model

11 December 2014 | By

International contractors are still willing to take all the risks

Oil gathering centre

Much at stake in the Divided Zone

4 December 2014 | By

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

The GCC can afford lower oil prices

The GCC can afford lower oil prices

4 December 2014 | By

High fiscal reserves make drastic cuts to spending unlikely

Offshore oil security

Aramco prioritises security

20 November 2014 | By

Oil major plans raft of new measures for offshore assets

Upstream research and development

Gulf driving its own innovation

30 October 2014 | By

Local investment in research and development is essential for future of energy industry

Libya

Political rivalry threatens Libya’s oil recovery Subscription

25 September 2014 | By

A tale of two parliaments

Gas drilling

Aramco's essential tight gas drive Subscription

4 September 2014 | By

Domestic consumption means that every source of the resource is needed

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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

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

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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ConocoPhillips Subscription

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

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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

Oman: Residential area infrastructure Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Construction of infrastructure for a new residential area

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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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