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Bahrain minister calls for freezing Qatar's GCC membership

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa called for the freezing of Qatar’s Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) membership, escalating attempts by a Saudi-led coalition to deepen the isolation of the gas-rich country.

Regional Report: MENA

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Middle East/North Africa grapples with production cut commitment, despite urge to boost output

Qatar fund is said to explore asset sales as new deals on hold

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund is weighing more asset sales after reducing holdings in Credit Suisse Group AG and Rosneft PJSC to support the country’s economy amid a standoff with its neighbors, according to people familiar with the matter.

Qatar says it's fulfilling oil and gas deals despite Gulf crisis

Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, is fulfilling all of its contracted shipments of oil and gas despite a regional political crisis that led to the severing of ties with some of its neighbors, the Gulf country’s energy minister said.

Qatar's growth prospects dim as Saudi-led boycott takes its toll

Qatar’s economy will expand this year at the slowest pace since 1995, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg this month, as the impact of a Saudi Arabia-led boycott is felt on trade and investor confidence.

Woodside expects Qatar to target new LNG buyers with supply wave

Woodside Petroleum, Australia’s largest LNG producer, expects rival Qatar to target the emerging markets of India and Pakistan with a new wave of supply next decade.

Qatar crisis is back to square one as economy shows the strain

The Saudi-led alliance that severed ties with Qatar reinstated a list of 13 demands that must be met before talks to resolve the eight-week crisis could start.

Deeper OPEC cuts would help shale, former Qatar minister warns

OPEC would hurt itself and help U.S. shale producers if it adopted deeper cuts, the former oil minister of Qatar warned.

North Oil Co. takes over as operator of giant Al-Shaheen oil field in Qatar

Under the patronage, and in the attendance, of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Qatar Petroleum held a special event to mark the inauguration of North Oil Company (NOC) as the new operator and developer of the offshore Al-Shaheen oil field, north of Qatar.

Total starts work at biggest Qatari oil field to maintain output

Total SA will start work this week on Qatar’s biggest oil field and is willing to make more investments in the country, which faces a trade boycott led by fellow OPEC producer Saudi Arabia.

Tillerson to tour Gulf capitals as U.S. seeks to end spat

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia this week to meet with Gulf leaders as the U.S. seeks to help end a standoff that pits U.S. allies against one another.

Qatar flexing LNG muscle puts U.S., Australia at risk

As if billions of dollars of liquefied natural gas project cost overruns and the prospect of a glut well into the next decade weren’t enough, proposed export sites now face increased competition from the world’s biggest producer.

Qatar charts second gas boom as Saudis try to tighten the noose

Qatar’s neighbors are trying to isolate it from the outside world by cutting off transport and diplomatic links. There’s one major area where their ostracism campaign is falling short: energy.

Arab states announce no new sanctions following "negative" Qatari reply to demands

Four Arab states refrained on Wednesday from slapping further sanctions on Qatar but voiced disappointment at its "negative" response to their demands and said their boycott of the tiny Gulf nation would continue.

Arab foreign ministers begin talks on Qatar crisis in Cairo

Foreign ministers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Thursday started a meeting in Cairo on the Qatar crisis, hours before a deadline for Doha to meet demands set by the four Arab nations, an Egyptian Foreign Ministry official told Reuters.

Qatar says fellow OPEC state UAE halts oil imports in row

Qatar Petroleum is taking “legal actions” after Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. declared force majeure to halt shipments of condensate, a light oil liquid, from Qatar, according to QP CEO Saad Sherida Al Kaabi.

Qatar to boost LNG output by 30%, flouting Saudi-led boycott

Qatar Petroleum, the largest producer of liquefied natural gas, plans to increase output by 30% within seven years, a step that would entrench the Gulf nation’s role as a major energy supplier amid a boycott by a Saudi-led coalition of countries.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar continue sharing oil tankers amid tensions

As Saudi Arabia leads three other Arab nations in accusing Qatar of links to terror groups and being too close to Iran, one thing is becoming increasingly clear in the oil market: tensions have yet to reach a point where the world’s biggest crude exporter is disrupting its tiny neighbor’s shipments.

Platts proposes removing restrictions on Qatar crude

Oil price agency S&P Global Platts is proposing to remove from next month restrictions it had placed on Qatari crude in its pricing assessment after Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states cut ties with Doha, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Qatar crisis spills into Libya, tangling Glencore in oil dispute

The Qatar crisis is reverberating in Libya, inflaming political divisions in the war-torn oil exporter and dragging commodity-trading giant Glencore into a dispute over crude sales.