Category: Middle East

Cyprus official says Egypt, Jordan interested in gas

The Houston company Noble Energy is a partner in a field off Cyprus’ southern coast.  More »

Libya halts biggest oilfield amid rebel attacks

The disruption “serves as a reminder that despite recovering export rates and the National Oil Corp.’s reassurances of stable supplies, the country remains in a state of civil war, where anything can happen,” Andrey Kryuchenkov, an analyst at VTB Capital in London, said.  More »

Kurdistan says tanker dispute has no place in U.S. courts

The Kurdistan Regional Government fired back in an ongoing battle over a tanker of crude trapped in legal limbo off Galveston’s coast on Monday, asking a judge to dismiss Iraq’s requests to seize the contested cargo.  More »

Q&A: Accenture’s shale expert Melissa Stark on unconventional plays worldwide

Melissa Stark, managing director of Accenture’s New Energy Business, is the consulting firm’s expert on shale development. The firm recently published an update on the outlook for unconventional plays in nine countries. Stark, who’s worked in the United Kingdom for 20 years, spoke with the Chronicle recently about what’s on the horizon for shale and tight oil and gas worldwide.  More »

Official says fighting in Iraq delays Iran gas exports

Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said the pipeline goes partly through territory now controlled by the Islamic State group.  More »

OPEC cuts demand outlook by most in three years on shale

The change implies that OPEC’s 12 members would need to cut output by about 1.1 million barrels a day from the 30.3 million they produced in August.  More »

Israel looks to Texas for energy investment, expertise

Texas, with its history of oil booms and busts, offers expertise for a country new to the energy game.  More »

Commentary: Mixing energy and pop: If Katy Perry and I were to do a duet…

…I would have no squabble in doing one of her hits,  but we would have to work in some commodity themes into the lyrics. So here are some ideas I am working on pitching her. Roar - We could definitely belt this one out. Not only does roaring louder, louder than a lion sound like fun, […]  More »

Iraq’s attorneys again ask judge for crude seizure

Iraq’s attorneys once again asked a federal judge to seize 1 million barrels of contested crude, claiming that the tanker floating off the coast of Galveston since late July plans to offload and sell its cargo within the United States. Kurdistan in court has explicitly not confirmed or denied whether it owns the crude, leading […]  More »

Noble Energy to supply Israeli gas to Jordan’s power company

Noble and Jordan’s national power company signed a non-binding letter of intent that would provide Jordan with 1.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas over 15 years from the Leviathan field in the Eastern Mediterranean sea. That’s equal to 300 million cubic feet per day.  More »

Iraqi, Kurdistan lawyers face off in U.S. court over stranded tanker’s oil

An international oil dispute played out in U.S. courts on Friday, as the Kurdish Regional Government faced off against Iraq over a disputed tanker of Kurdish crude that’s been languishing off Galveston’s coast for nearly a month.  More »

Crude oil falls 1 percent to $96.41

Kurdish and Iraqi forces seized control of Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic State militants.  More »
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