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OPEC+ considers delaying oil production hike until April

Market-watchers have been expecting OPEC+ to agree on a three-month delay -- and if the group doesn’t deliver prices will suffer. At stake also is the credibility of the cartel whose actions have underpinned the market since the spectacular oil crash earlier this year.

OPEC+ kicks off talks with key members split on oil production cuts

The 23-nation coalition is debating whether to maintain the output cuts at current levels, deferring the increase scheduled for January. Some members are concerned that global markets remain too fragile to absorb additional barrels -- particularly after Libya’s output soared -- while others are keen to sell more crude.

Internal divisions and a historic demand split complicate OPEC's plans

When OPEC+ meets this week in Vienna, impatient member states, surging Libyan production, and Chinese demand splitting off from the West will create headaches for ministers. Also, Arctic drilling plans in the U.S. and Norway are being motivated less by economics and more by geopolitical maneuvering, and the North American drilling rig count shows strength that exceeds even the most optimistic predictions from earlier in the year.

Siemens Energy awarded major service contract to strengthen Kuwait’s power grid reliability

Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water awarded Siemens Energy a contract to provide maintenance of 116 high-voltage substations. The five-year service contract represents Siemens Energy’s largest service agreement in the power transmission sector in the Middle East.

Oil declines further with Libyan output set to rise coming weeks

Oil accelerated losses as a further increase in Libyan output threatens to return more supply back to the market.

UAE finds world’s biggest gas field since 2005

Dubai and Abu Dhabi made what could be the world’s largest natural gas discovery since 2005 as the two biggest sheikhdoms in the United Arab Emirates aim to push the country to energy self sufficiency.

Aramco, Lebanon, Persian Gulf oil: A guide to Middle East risks in 2020

If 2019 was the year when a clutch of Middle East markets burst into the mainstream, then 2020 will test whether the foreign money keeps flooding in.

OPEC political troubles creating new supply risks

OPEC may have no appetite to cut oil production deeper when it meets next month, but flaring political crises across the group are once again threatening supply.

KCA Deutag secures $460m of land drilling contracts in the Middle East, Africa and Europe

Global drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag announced that its land drilling operation has won new contracts worth approximately $460m in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Injazat and Lamprell collaborate to digitize the Middle East’s renewables and energy sectors

Injazat, a market leader in digital transformation and Lamprell, a leading provider of fabrication, engineering and contracting services to the offshore and onshore oil & gas and energy sector, have started collaborating to create and market innovative digital solutions focused on the oil and gas and renewables markets.

CGG expands Middle East presence with regional geoscience center in Abu Dhabi

CGG has established a Regional Geoscience Center in Abu Dhabi to deliver geophysical, geological and reservoir technology and support to clients across the Middle East.

Regional report: MENA

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Leading producers plan to increase output, replace reserves

Qatar seeks Exxon, Shell, other "big players" for gas expansion

Qatar has invited Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Total SA, ConocoPhillips and other “big players” to submit bids to help expand its part of the world’s largest natural gas field, Energy Minister Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said.

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Another mixed outlook awaits the E&P sector

Saudis have few good options in talks with OPEC+ allies

Saudi Arabia is considering means to end the slump in oil prices, but the options available to them are scarce.

OPEC+ mission to buoy oil market enters make-or-break phase

The latest mission by OPEC and its partners to contain an oil glut is entering its most critical phase.

Aramco IPO bankers question whether deal is worth the effort

When Saudi Arabia announced plans to sell shares in its crown jewel Aramco, international bankers scrambled to get a piece of the action. Three years on, they’re questioning whether what could be the world’s biggest IPO is worth their time and effort.

Oil extends loss as U.S. and Iran signal return to negotiations

Oil extended losses below $60/bbl on the prospect of easing tensions between the U.S. and OPEC member Iran, and as Gulf of Mexico producers began resuming operations after a storm.

Sparrows Group secures approved supplier status from Saudi Aramco

Global specialist equipment and integrated engineering services company, Sparrows Group, has bolstered its position in Saudi Arabia after securing vendor approval status from the national oil company, Saudi Aramco.

McDermott wins FEED contract for Sohar LNG bunkering project in Oman

McDermott International, Inc., announced it has been awarded a sizeable contract by Total Oman E&P Development B.V. in partnership with Oman Oil Company S.O.A.C. to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services for the Sohar LNG bunkering project in Oman.