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Shell has been approached for gas imports from its Iraqi fields, although there is no guarantee the deal will go through given power shortages in Iraq. At the same time, Kuwait wants to increase output from its own fields

Kuwait | Iraq
Issue 898 - 09 April 2011

Qatar throws Benghazi a lifeline

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Doha’s offer to buy crude from the interim council puts it at the forefront of initiatives to end the Qadhafi regime

Libya | Qatar
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Sinohydro Corporation has signed a $2bn deal with the local Farabi company to build a 1,500MW hydroelectric dam in south-west Iran, state media reported on 21 March.

Iran
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Bapco strike hits fuel supply, LNG imports could plug Japan supply gap, Government wants Shell gas JV review

Bahrain | Iraq
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Kingdom tries to avoid oil reaching the giddy heights that could further unsettle the global economy

Saudi Arabia
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As protests continue in Egypt, new personalities and potential changes in future policies that will shape the energy sector place activity and investment by international companies on an uncertain footing

Egypt
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The involvement of Gulf states in funding a security team in the Puntland region shows that pirates, radical Islamists and warlords are a serious regional problem, and that oil interests may also be at stake

Kuwait | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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On 5 February, Kuwait Energy Company (KEC) issued its Q4 2010 activities report announcing unaudited earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $36.4m.

Kuwait
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The Kurdistan regional and Iraqi federal governments have reached a temporary agreement on the export of oil from the Kurdistan region. But a resolution could yet be blocked in Baghdad where oil policy is still going nowhere

Iraq
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A $3bn deal to generate conventional and renewable power in Libya and export it to Europe is the latest project to capture the imagination of Abu Dhabi’s financial and business community

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Leave aside for a moment the football politics, so often an opaque affair, and the disappointment of much larger and more established soccer-playing nations, whose hopes of hosting a World Cup were dashed by the Zurich-based Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa), the sport’s governing body. What does the success of Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup say about the nature of polities and geopolitics as the world remakes itself after a decade defined by the West’s unresolved interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, and staggers to an end with European economies and the United States struggling to recover from the credit crunch?

Qatar
Issue 891 - 10 December 2010

Politics trump rationality in dispute

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Presentations by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) energy resources minister Ashti Hawrami are always technically impressive. Under his leadership, the KRG has “focused strategy to maximise investment in as short a time as possible”, he told CWC’s Iraq Petroleum conference in London.

Iraq
Issue 891 - 10 December 2010

Kufpec in acquisition mode

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The international upstream arm of state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Company (KPC) has a mandate to increase its reserves and production mainly through acquisitions across Africa and elsewhere. Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (Kufpec) senior international business analyst Shayma Abdullah Amin told GSN on 30 November in Marrakech that it was looking for “development and producing assets.

Kuwait
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Uncertainty over Kurdistan’s production-sharing agreements as the weakness of its negotiating position is exposed in process of government formation

Iraq
Issue 890 - 26 November 2010

Offshore licensing round planned for 2011

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Syria plans to launch its delayed offshore licensing for oil and gas contracts in 2011. The round, which was due this year, was announced by oil minister Sufian Alao at the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries in Damascus on 22 November.

Syria