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The joint venture between Qatar Telecom (QTel) and Tunisia’s Princesse El-Materi Holding, which is trying to buy Orascom Telecom Holding’s 50% stake in Telecom Tunisie (Tunisiana), reflects Qatar’s skill at making deals with North African ruling elites.

Qatar
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Water and electricity minister Abdullah Al-Hussayen has said that construction

Egypt | Saudi Arabia
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Canada’s denial of extra landing rights for United Arab Emirates national carriers Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways after five years of negotiations has strained relations. The UAE responded in October by forcing Canada to close a military base in Dubai that was part of a key supply route to Afghanistan, denying a plane carrying Canadian defence minister Peter MacKay, who was flying from Afghanistan, airspace over the UAE and causing it to take a long detour.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
Issue 889 - 12 November 2010

Yemeni government wants DPW to ACT

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Questions are being asked about why the Aden Container Terminal (ACT) has been left behind while Adenites watch the development of nearby ports such as Djibouti and Oman’s Salalah facility.

Yemen | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The Saudi authorities have convinced all four foreign ventures to continue drilling for gas in the Rub Al-Khali (Empty Quarter) until at least 2012, despite mainly disappointing results from the 26 wells drilled so far, industry publication Petroleum Intelligence Weekly (PIW) reported.

Saudi Arabia
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Government and company officials used the early November Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Adipec) to emphasise that plans to raise crude output to 3.5m b/d by 2017 (from 2.8m b/d now) have moved forward with orders for several major onshore and offshore projects.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 889 - 12 November 2010

Iraq: Murphy awarded Kurdish block

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Another US company has signed up for exploration acreage in the Kurdistan Regional Government region, following Marathon Oil Corporation’s deal in October which made it the first publicly traded US company to operate in the KRG zone (GSN 888/10). El Dorado, Arkansas-based Murphy Oil Corporation has been awarded a 50% operating interest in the 619km2 Central Dohuk Block, near the Turkish border. The acreage is “on trend with recent exploration drilling”, chief executive David Wood told a Q3 10 earnings call.

Iraq
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In the wake of US and EU sanctions imposed earlier in the year, Iranian oil companies are struggling for business internationally as well as domestically, highlighted by the recent closure of the BP-Iranian Oil Company joint venture-operated Rhum natural gas field in the UK’s North Sea

Iran
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Although Iraq has not had a fully legitimate government for more than seven months, the outgoing administration has pushed ahead with key oil and gas field licensing agreements in the face of considerable opposition. Shell’s much opposed agreement to

Iraq
Issue 888 - 30 October 2010

QP seeks increased role

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Qatar will start supplying Dubai with liquefied natural gas in 2011, once the Qatargas 4 project is completed, Qatar Petroleum (QP) gas development manager Khalid Mohammed Al-Hitmi told GSN. Qatargas 4 is a joint venture between

Qatar
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The London Court of International Arbitration’s award of damages to former US diplomat Peter Galbraith and a Yemeni partner comes at a sensitive time in Erbil-Baghdad relations.

Iraq
Issue 887 - 16 October 2010

Al-Ghurair leads the charge in New York

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Allegations about Maan Al-Sanea were first made in the New York Supreme Court in a counter-claim after Ahmed Hamad Al-Gosaibi and Brothers (AHAB) was sued by the UAE-based Mashreq Bank, owned by the Al-Ghurair family, which claimed it was owed

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Nabucco keen to secure gas for Europe, Trains 6 and 7 LNG spoken for, Sabic opens new office in Cape Town

Saudi Arabia | Iraq | Qatar
Issue 886 - 02 October 2010

Iraq oil field raided in contract spat

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The Ministry of Oil (MoO) in Baghdad has accused provincial officials and local police of raiding an oilfield being developed by China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).

Iraq
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Chinese oil companies led by CNPC have got off to a shaky start in Iraq, alienating local communities by failing to employ Iraqi workers and deploying high-profile security measures. It will take much work on both sides to repair the relationship.

Iraq