MENA upstream in brief

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Report summary

The MENA upstream in brief provides Wood Mackenzie's expert opinion and analysis of the key events impacting the upstream industry in the Middle East and North Africa. We draw upon our upstream database and data tools to help deepen our clients' understanding of the region. The report primarily focuses on exploration and appraisal drilling, project developments, production, licensing, fiscal and regulatory changes, geopolitics, and corporate and M&A activity.

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Table of contents

  • Ibrahim Jathran, the scourge of Libyan production, strikes again
  • Morroco's Tendrara FEED studies begin
  • Qatar enters the shale sector with Argentina acquisition
  • Iran and the Pergas consortium sign HoA for the Karanj oil field
  • Egypt bid rounds - two for one
  • Kuwait Energy sells 68% of the family silver
  • Shell and Total sign MOUs to develop Oman gas
  • US announces withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal
  • Eni's new Western Desert discovery – high-value barrels onshore Egypt
  • Eni's lucky drillshipfalters
  • Crescent Petroleumdominates Iraq's Round 5
  • BP announces sanction of Khazzan expansion phase in Oman
  • Indian Oil enters Oman, acquiring Mukhaizna from Shell for US$329 million
  • OMV wraps up ADNOC Offshore concession awards
  • Are Bahrain’s giant oil and gas discoveries commercial?
  • North Africa team to present in Cairo
  • Total and CEPSA start-up the second of Algeria's Southwest projects
  • Energean takes FID on Karish and Tanin
  • PetroChina awarded stakes in two ADNOC Offshore concession areas
  • NIOC awards IPC to local operator Pasargad Energy
  • Total joins Eni in ADNOC Offshore
  • Iran signs its first oil IPC with Zarubezhneft
  • Qatar and Abu Dhabi extend agreement for shared Bunduq oil field
  • Eni in two deals with Abu Dhabi
  • ONGC Videsh and Zarubezhneft signcooperation agreements with Iran's IDRO
  • Attracting international investment to Iraq
  • Total buys Marathon's Waha stake in Libya
  • Japan's INPEX joins ONGC in UAE's Lower Zakum
  • Repsol and Shell extend footprint in Morocco
  • Abu Dhabi offshore builds momentum with Cepsa award
  • Indian consortium awarded 10% of Lower Zakum field, Abu Dhabi
  • Eni makes Calypso gas discovery in deepwater Cyprus
  • Kuwait remains on track to introduce super light blend in April
  • Qatar Petroleum partners with Majors to expand internationally
  • President Sisi to inaugurate Zohr
  • Noble Energy sells down stake in Israel's Tamar gas field
  • Genel Energy upgrades its Kurdistan gas resources
  • North Africa team to present in Cairo
  • ADNOC launches FEED for sour gas projects
  • Shell refocuses its Middle East business
  • Oman awards Block 57 to new entrant Petroleb
  • Eni extends in offshore Morocco
  • Repsol unwraps new Algerian southwest gas before Christmas
  • What to look forin 2018
  • Gazprom signs MoU with NIOC to revive the Iran LNG project
  • Iraq agrees Kirkuk oil swap with Iran
  • Energean clears FID hurdle with latest gas sales agreements
  • East Med pipeline to Europe inches forward

Tables and charts

This report includes 23 images and tables including:


  • Tendrara map
  • Kuwait Energy Portfolio
  • Eni's South West Meleiha block in Egypt's Western Desert
  • Wells drilled offshore Morocco since 2013
  • Blocks won
  • ADNOC Offshore participation
  • 2017 exploration wells offshore Bahrain
  • Contracted gas supply into Israeli domestic market (2010-2025)
  • ADNOC Offshore participation
  • Location of Jufeyr and Sepehr oil fields
  • ADNOC Offshore participation
  • Aban and West Paydar combined production
  • Location of Bunduq oil field
  • ADNOC Offshore participation
  • Main IOC analysis: strategic fit of Libya
  • Acreage held by Repsol and Eni in Morocco. Inset shows Repsol's new block and the Tendrara field
  • Middle East upstream value per barrel
  • Block 57
  • IOC Moroccan blocks and net acreage held
  • Southwest gas production (2016-2025)
  • Karish and Tanin contracted volumes
  • Delivered cost of gas into Europe, 2030


  • Blocks won

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