Richard Melson

February 2006

MEES Conference


Dear Subscriber,

MEES takes great pleasure in drawing

the following event to your attention:

4th Annual
Maghreb & Mediterranean Oil & Gas

Date: 17-18th May 2006

Venue: Royal Mirage Hotel, Marrakech

Registration Fee: £ 1750

Hosted By: Global Pacific & Partners

The 4th Maghreb & Mediterranean Oil & Gas Conference is a landmark event for the North African region, with focus on exploration and development, oil and gas-LNG, new ventures, corporate strategies, National Oil Companies, Bid Rounds, new investment and oil-gas projects, energy law and oil finance, contracts and acreage licensing, and State strategies. Over 175 senior management and Government Delegates attended our Marrakech event in 2005.

There will be over 30+ leading Speakers at this landmark Conference in 2006.

Confirmed Speakers include to date:

Minister of Energy & Mines (Morocco), ONHYM Directeur-General, Total, Repsol-YPF, Shell International EP, Amerada Hess, ETAP (Tunisia), Cepsa, Occidental Oil & Gas, EGPC*, NRA (Jordan), Global Pacific & Partners, ONHYM (Driecteur de l'Exploration), PetroCanada, Hydro, OMV, Woodside Energy, Petrosen (Senegal), Mali, Petroprom, Hellenic Petroleum, Apache, Carthago (Tunisia), Advanced Petroleum (Sudan), Baraka Petroleum, Candax Energy, Regal Petroleum, Edison Gas, UK Trade & Industry, MedOil plc, Thompson & Knight, CGG (Libya), TGS-Nopec, Olive Group, IHS Energy.

Prior to the Conference on 16th May there will be our Maghreb Oil & Gas: Strategy Briefing, conducted by Dr Duncan Clarke (Chairman & CEO, Global Pacific & Partners), with CD (950+ Images) of Presentations provided for Delegates. Delegate Fee is £ 995 (but at £ 745 if the Briefing is combined with the 4th Maghreb & Mediterranean Oil & Gas Conference).

For further information contact Sonika Greyvenstein,

Global Pacific & Partners on: or visit

Global Pacific & Partners
Tel: + 31 70 324 6154
Fax: + 31 70 324 1741


Qatar Reiterates Hold On New Gas

Commitments As Price Pressures Increase

Bill Farren-Price reports from Doha.

The suspension of Qatar’s commitments to new gas development projects at the country’s giant offshore North field which became public in early 2005 was underlined on 19 February by Energy and Industry Minister 'Abd Allah al-'Attiyah. In his opening address to delegates at the MEGAS Summit in Doha, Mr 'Attiyah acknowledged that rising oil prices were expected "to accelerate the pace of natural gas industry development" as consumer countries increased imports of gas and boosted the gas share of their overall energy mix as environmental regulations became more stringent. Mr 'Attiyah pointed to the emirate’s investment in LNG which will make Qatar the largest LNG exporter in the world when exports hit 77mn tons/year in 2011. He also emphasized Qatar’s commitment to diversification – which has led to pipeline gas supplies to neighboring GCC countries through the Dolphin project and three major GTL projects which will produce 300,000 b/d by 2010, as well as gas use in downstream industry, power and desalination in the emirate itself.

OPEC-10 Oil Output Down Nearly 0.5Mn B/D In January On Sharp Drop In Iranian Exports
Oil production by the 10 OPEC member countries governed by quotas (OPEC without Iraq) fell below the suspended 28mn b/d ceiling in January to 27.69mn b/d, a drop of 490,000 b/d from December’s 28.18mn b/d, according to MEES estimates (MEES, 30 January). The decline was largely due to a 340,000 b/d fall in Iranian oil exports in the month. Total OPEC production was down 460,000 b/d to 29.27mn b/d in January after a slight recovery in Iraqi exports from the southern Basra terminal.

MEES Agenda

Security Of Supply Moves Up The Political Agenda For Energy Importers
January’s stand-off between Russia and Ukraine over gas supplies had the effect of planting security of supply squarely at the top of the political agenda for western energy importers. While the White House has called on the US to end its addiction to imported oil from the Middle East, other consumer governments have emphasized the role that new technology and alternative fuels will play in the future. But do these shifts in policy present a real threat to the oil and gas producing economies of the Middle East? Not for now, writes Bill Farren-Price.




















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