MENA upstream in brief

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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

  • 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 for in 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 6 images and tables including:


  • 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

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