Central Asia's huge oil and gas reserves ? bettered only by the Middle East ? should be prime territory for outside investment. But the political climate and unfavourable conditions are making some lenders jumpy while others jump in. By Rosie Irving
Egyptian and Tunisian deals are back after a two-year hiatus.
But have risk perceptions and structural obstacles changed?
By Mary Watkins.
Williams sells up ? again
Iranian state energy companies are slowly moving forward on financing-friendly concession structures, but geopolitics threatens further progress. Earl Scawby looks at the forbidding landscape for projects in the region.