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With around 40% of the world’s oil supply coming from the Persian Gulf, in addition to exploration and production (E&P), MEOG’s coverage includes policy and transport issues which can cause price spikes in the global hydrocarbon markets.
MEOG offers insight into the latest developments in the oil and gas sectors of Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, the UAE and Yemen. While much of the region has been extensively explored, there remain ‘frontier’ areas of E&P. Oil shale efforts in Jordan could provide vast resources through the greater cost effectiveness of new technologies. To the north-west, Beirut has grown increasingly impatient to follow the major gas discovery trend in the Eastern Med. and Lebanon’s first offshore bid round is likely to kick off drilling campaigns in the medium term.
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State-owned Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) has purchased from Brazil a large platform that it will use for processing gas produced at the Black Sea offshore Sakarya gas field.
The state energy firm has received encouraging support from regional institutions and while the value is dwarfed by the efforts of its neighbours, Bahrain’s energy transition ambitions may be aided by its comparative resource paucity.
Iran’s budget director Davoud Manzour defended the “realistic” oil income projection in a draft budget bill that prioritises tax revenues over oil revenues for the next fiscal year.
Armenia is planning to ramp up the import of natural gas from Iran under a gas for electricity program, Armenian Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, Gnel Sanosyan, said.
COP28 host, the United Arab Emirates, has planned to use its status at the UN annual climate conference in Dubai to make new oil and gas deals with as many as 15 member nations, according to leaked briefing documents obtained by the BBC.
Indonesia-operated oil exploration company PT Medco Energi Internasional has received approval from the Sultanate of Oman to acquire a 20% ownership stake in two blocks in the country.
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Turkish companies provide Israel with 40% of its oil and at least 7% of its electricity. Tehran would like to see that stop.
The government of Jordan has reached out to Gulf states as it seeks potential alternative gas sources amid concerns about Israel’s reliability as a supplier, in the wake of the outbreak of its war against Hamas.
Iraq’s Cabinet this week approved the development of gas resources at the Nahr Bin Umar oil and gas field, which lies to the east of the supergiant Rumaila oilfield in the south of the country.
Iran’s petroleum industry grew 25.6% in the second quarter of the Persian calendar year (June 22-September 22), contributing 16% to gross domestic product (GDP), official figures reveal.
Iran has stored about 3bn cubic metres of natural gas to “partially alleviate supply concerns” ahead of a fast-approaching winter, Deputy Oil Minister Mohsen Khojasteh-Mehr says.
South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering & Construction has signed a memorandum of understanding with Yemen’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy to build a LNG receiving terminal in Yemen.
The Iranian Central Oil Fields Co. (ICOFC) has completed the second development phase of an onshore oil field in western Iran, adding 11,000 more barrels to the country’s daily crude output, the ICOFC director said.
Iran will back any decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, known as OPEC+ in its upcoming meeting, Oil Minister Javad Owji said, hours before the oil cartel delayed the weekend session to November 30.
State-run Oman LNG has signed a sales and purchase agreement with UK energy firm BP to supply it with 1mn tonnes per year of LNG for a nine-year period.
Iran’s oil and gas revenues will see a drop of more than 8.1% in the next Persian calendar year starting on March 20, 2024, a draft budget proposed by the government shows.
The Russian NOC is doubling down on upside at oilfields in southern Iraq, and receiving Baghdad’s support
The proposed Seventh Development Plan – setting Iran’s policies in the economy and other major areas – calls for crude production to reach 5.7mn barrels per day by 2029. Oil Minister Javad Owji calls that goal unattainable without investments.