Features

Mohamed El-Sayed

  • Change has come
    Political Review

    Change has come

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Perhaps one of the main reasons behind Barack Obama's historic, illustrious victory in the U.S presidential elections on November 4th was his energy agenda. Having suffered for a long time from rising oil prices, which hit the $146 mark at some point few months ago; many Americans left their cars behind and used public transportation. According to Obama's energy plan, American taxpayers will each get a $500 rebate check – funded by profits taxes to be levied on big oil companies
  • Back to Iraq
    Political Review

    Back to Iraq

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    After years of Egyptian absence from Iraq, Egypt sent its foreign minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit to Iraq for the first time in nearly two decades in a sign of a growing Arab acceptance of the country’s Shiite-led government. It was the first visit to Iraq by an Egyptian foreign minister since former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990
  • Energy policy in the race between Obama and McCain
    Political Review

    Energy policy in the race between Obama and McCain

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    The U.S presidential race has grown as a thrilling one. Of all the speeches given by the two candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, perhaps those concerned with energy policies remain all-important for American citizens
  • Opening a way, Iraq opens the door to international oil companies
    Political Review

    Opening a way, Iraq opens the door to international oil companies

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    After five years of occupation, Iraq decided to open its oilfields to foreign companies. The Iraqi government’s decision will pave the way for multi-national companies to start developing oilfields in the oil-rich country next year; after thirty years of war, sanctions and poor government have left the country’s oil infrastructure in tatters.
  • Sudan’s oil in turmoil
    Political Review

    Sudan’s oil in turmoil

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    For many years now, Sudan has failed to capitalize on its considerable oil reserves due to the non-stop state of war the country has been experiencing either in the form of civil war or because of being at war with neighboring countries. As a matter of fact, Sudan has emerged as one of the oil-rich countries with great potentials of late, boasting proven oil reserves of 6.4 billion barrels, which are 32 times more than was estimated in 1981. Both reserves and production cover 0.5% of the world’s reserves and production
  • The Environmental challenge… The Petrochemical industry under fire
    Political Review

    The Environmental challenge… The Petrochemical industry under fire

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    "Come buy tomatoes before it is polluted," shouted a sarcastic street vendor to the top of his lungs in one of the alleyways of the Mediterranean city of Damietta, 191 kilometers northeastern Cairo. Odd the call may be, but, in fact, it epitomizes a wide-scale public campaign launched by a growing number of people, NGOs and politicians in the coastal province to rally against the construction of a major Canadian petrochemical plant, E Agrium, being built now on Ras Al-Barr island, one of Damietta's and Egypt's, famous middle-class resorts. There has been a growing conviction among the inhabitants of the province that the plant, which is intended to produce ammonia and urea, is detrimental to the surrounding environment and public hygiene.
  • The tragedy at the borders…
    Political Review

    The tragedy at the borders…

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    A human tragedy unfolded in the past weeks in the Palestinian Gaza Strip after Israel decided to cut fuel and electricity it used to provide for the densely populated area. These cuts, which are intended to pressure Palestinian armed groups to end their rocket attacks launched from Gaza against settlements in southern Israel, had a grave impact on Gaza’s hospitals, water-pumping stations, sewage-treatment facilities, and other infrastructure essential for the well-being of Gaza’s population.
  • Leading ladies… stories of success
    In Focus

    Leading ladies… stories of success

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Many female careerists have carved a niche for themselves in the male-dominated oil industry TO be an Egyptian working woman is no easy task. To be a successful female in a heavily man-dominated field is, by all means, a success story that is worth telling.
  • Between a rock and a hard place
    Political Review

    Between a rock and a hard place

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Perhaps precious few observers were able to read between the lines of the government statement given by Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif before the People’s Assembly (the upper house of parliament) in the last week of 2007. "We will never cut the government subsidies to butagaz and bread," stressed Nazif, while he didn’t mention anything about other subsidized energy sources.
  • Treading the nuclear path
    Political Review

    Treading the nuclear path

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Egypt decided at lastto go nuclear
  • Dying for gas
    In Focus

    Dying for gas

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    New industrial zones are thirsty for natural gas supplies
  • Dashed hopes
    Sports

    Dashed hopes

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Ahli's winning streak was halted, but for a while
  • Rise in price
    Political Review

    Rise in price

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Crude oil prices are expected to hit new highs following recent Turkish-Kurdish political tensions
  • As Thrilling As Expected
    Sports

    As Thrilling As Expected

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    The National Football League kicked off with lots of surprises.
  • Power play New energy strategy, new conundrum
    Political Review

    Power play New energy strategy, new conundrum

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    A new energy pricing system is still making waves in political and industrial circles
  • 101 and Counting
    Sports

    101 and Counting

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Having won the Egypt Cup, Ahli garnered the 101st championship in its history
  • Going Indian
    Political Review

    Going Indian

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Thriving political relations between Egypt and India are best reflected in growing investments in the oil industry.
  • A thaw in oil relations?
    Political Review

    A thaw in oil relations?

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Will the recent thaw in relations between Cairo and Tehran lead to prosperous cooperation in the oil and gas sector?
  • Oiling strife?
    Political Review

    Oiling strife?

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    The new Iraqi oil bill could cause more turmoil in the already war-torn country
  • No to Cartel
    Political Review

    No to Cartel

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    While natural gas exports hit new highs, major exporting countries are still reluctant to establish an OPEC-style organization
  • 100 years, 100 championships
    Sports

    100 years, 100 championships

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    The unexpected humiliating defeat at the hands of Barcelona melted the icing on the centenary celebrations cake
  • Sharing the oil cake?
    Political Review

    Sharing the oil cake?

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    While some regard the new Iraqi oil law as oil on troubled waters, others consider it a squander of the world’s third largest oil reserves
  • 100 years, 100 titles
    Sports

    100 years, 100 titles

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Al-Ahli is edging closer to snatch its 100th title as it is marking its centenary anniversary
  • End of the Petrodollar Era?
    Political Review

    End of the Petrodollar Era?

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Iran is urging oil customers to pay in currencies other than the US Dollar. Will this move lure other oil exporting countries in light of the recent decline in Dollar value?
  • The Red End
    Sports

    The Red End

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    The football league title is knocking the Red Devils' doors
  • As tough as it gets
    Sports

    As tough as it gets

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    The past four weeks of the National Football League were rich with surprises, transfers and coach changes. Unlike most of the weeks of the first half of the 58-year-old championship, the beginning of the second half wasn't business as usual. As the competition gained more momentum, spectators renewed their interest in watching the games.
  • Time to reflect
    Sports

    Time to reflect

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    With the first half of the league coming to an end, oil companies' teams have yet to improve their performance in the second half.
  • Nuke it
    Political Review

    Nuke it

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Egypt will go nuclear to fulfill its ever-increasing energy needs. But to what extent will this controversial move affect the oil and gas industry?
  • Adding fuel to competition
    Sports

    Adding fuel to competition

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Oil companies' teams have yet to fuel the national football league competitions.
  • Towards the end
    Sports

    Towards the end

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    As the National Football League enters its 21st stage, Al-Ahli - widely known as the Red Devils - is taking confident steps towards clinching their third title in a row.
  • Of oil and turmoil
    Political Review

    Of oil and turmoil

    Monday, 29th December 2014
    Defying all expectations, the execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in the final days of 2006 failed to influence international oil markets.