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OPEC plans Sunday oil output discussion as UAE standoff ebbs

OPEC and its allies will meet on Sunday, the latest sign that a bitter standoff between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has been resolved.

Middle East’s global gas processing capacity forecast to grow through 2025

The Middle East is set to lead capacity growth in the global gas processing industry from planned and announced projects between 2021 and 2025 and account for around 37% to the global gas processing capacity growth by 2025, GlobalData projects.

Oil prices at multi-year highs still aren’t enough to balance Bahrain’s ledgers

Bahrain needs crude prices above $88 a barrel to balance its budget this year, according to the International Monetary Fund, the highest breakeven price in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council and far above current levels around $75.

Iran to award $1.8 billion gas field contract to local company

Iran’s Petropars Ltd. will be awarded a $1.78 billion contract by the National Iranian Oil Co. to develop the giant Farzad-B gas field that was previously intended to be tapped by a group of Indian companies.

Despair and brawls at Lebanon’s gas pumps as its crisis deepens

Rising global oil prices are translating into shortages at the pump in cash-strapped Lebanon, with motorists lining up for hours to fill their tanks in the latest blow to living standards in the Middle Eastern nation.

Middle East and Africa’s oil & gas industry deal activity dropped 32.92% in Q1 2021

Led by $2.59 billion asset transaction with BP Exploration (Epsilon), Middle East and Africa’s oil & gas industry saw a drop of 32.92% in deal activity during Q1 2021, when compared to the last four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

Kuwait’s state oil company plans multi-billion loans to cover funding shortfall

The borrowing plan underscores how badly Persian Gulf countries were impacted by the drop in crude prices last year as the coronavirus pandemic spread and energy demand plunged.

Oilfield service companies see drilling rebound everywhere but the U.S.

Schlumberger posted better-than-expected earnings Friday and forecast an increase in overseas spending by customers in the next quarter. Earlier in the week, Halliburton said oil markets outside North America may see double-digit growth in the second half of 2021, while Baker Hughes predicted a modest recovery in Latin America, the North Sea and the Middle East.

There's something rotten in the state of Denmark's grand energy plans

It's a tale of two cities with the EU's largest oil producer swearing off production by 2050, as OPEC+ stalwarts Saudi Arabia and the UAE grapple over who will lead the group's drive to meet the world's future oil demand.

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.