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The Arab Oil & Gas Directory 2015
The Arab Oil & Gas Directory (AOGD) 2015 is available. This is the 40th edition of this reference book, well known in the industry, which covers - since 1973 - the oil, gas and petrochemical activities in the Arab countries of North Africa and the Middle East, Iran, Sudan and South Sudan.
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The edition 2015 includes chapters on the following countries, organizations and themes:
∙ Algeria ∙ Bahrain ∙ Egypt ∙ Iran ∙ Iraq ∙ Jordan ∙ Kuwait ∙ Lebanon
∙ Libya ∙ Mauritania Morocco ∙ Oman ∙ Qatar ∙ Saudi Arabia ∙ South Sudan
∙ Sudan ∙ Syria ∙ Tunisia ∙ UAE ∙ Yemen ∙ OAPEC ∙ OPEC
∙ Global Outlook
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Since the beginning of 2012, SPE has also been producing and marketing two other reference books created in recent years by APRC, namely the Natural Gas Survey, Middle East and North Africa (NGS) and the Refining and Petrochemical Survey, Middle East and North Africa (RPS). The last edition of the RPS was published in 2012 and that of the NGS in 2013.
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" Saudi Arabia, Russia and the oil market "
Tahereh Amirzadeh is the Vice-President in charge of the Group’s LNG project at Net Oil Enterprises Inc. (Netoil)
Saudi Arabia has been using low oil prices in order to hurt Russia (by “invading” its traditional European markets – 70% of the Russian oil revenues – like Poland and Sweden and then forcing Urals – Russian blend crude – to be sold with important discounts while oil prices are already low) and Iran (with whom they are indirectly fighting in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Yemen) and to pressure the US (that develops its unconventional oil and gas). The Kingdom did not expect Putin’s decision to directly intervene in Syria, the first direct intervention in the Middle East since Afghanistan at the time of the USSR which accelerated its collapse.
After the EU imposed sanctions against Iran, Russian and Saudi crude replaced Iranian crude in the European refineries. Iranian crude is the closest crude to Urals but Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak does not see a real problem: "Iran used to be present in the market; when Iran is back, nothing extraordinary is going to happen".
If Saudi Arabia can use oil as a weapon against Russia and Iran, it cannot enter in a direct military fight with them. On July 16, 2015, David Gardner from the Financial Times quoted Arab officials saying that Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi’s minister of Foreign Affairs from 1975 to 2015, told John Kerry, US secretary of State, that Daesh and Nusra (affiliated to Qaeda) are the Sunni response to Dawa, the Shia group supported by both Iran and the US in Iraq.
The US has been waiting for Russia’s bankruptcy and did not expect Putin’s decision as well. Since the end of the Ottoman rule and then, World War II and more recently the Gulf War, the Anglo-Saxons have been dominating the region. Moscow tried to challenge the Anglo-Saxon domination of the Middle East by intervening in Afghanistan. The USSR thought its intervention could ensure high oil prices to win the Cold War by generating too high costs for the American and European economies. But US support to Taliban and Qaeda against the Soviets in Afghanistan led to a stalemate and the collapse of oil prices and then the ‘Perestroika’ reforms and the end of USSR.
Recent attacks in Paris force Americans and Europeans to join Russians and maybe Iranians to fight Daesh and Nusra in Syria and in Iraq. What will happen to oil prices?
And, what will happen to the US dollar since as explained by Marcel Fratzscher, Daniel Schneider, and Ine Van Robays (European Central Bank, July 2014), “A 10% increase in the price of oil leads to a depreciation of the US dollar effective exchange rate by 0.28% on impact, whilst a weakening of the US dollar by 1% causes oil prices to rise by 0.73%”?
Francis Perrin, chairman of Stratégies et Politiques Energétiques, is often interviewed by French and international media about energy issues.
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