Energy Security Intelligence Research




"Oil output and exports are rising fast. But longer-term gains will need the support of the IOCs, but for Riyadh, Iran's ambition to regain market share remains intolerable"

How to solve the Iranian problem and re-integrate Tehran’s energy sector into the global energy market was top of the global political agenda in 2015. This is due to the fact that political instability and security of energy infrastructure fears in Iraq leaves little room for doubt about whether to re-integrate Iran back to sell oil and gas in international market.

In fact, since January 2012 self-sufficiency is Iran’s new mantra, encouraging locals to undertake projects and providing funds through domestic resources for the oil industry. There was more debt issuance—with an average expected cash collection of $5 billion at the end of the financial year in March 2013. But such measures smack of crisis management, rather than a coherent strategy to build a self-sufficient energy industry capable of realizing the potential of an estimated 1,200 trillion of gas reserves, as well as oil reserves of about 151.2 billion barrels that under normal circumstances, could support production well in excess of 4 million b/d per day. For now, a loosening of sanctions on Iran was good news for Iran; but was also bad news for Shale drillers in North America. However, with the fears of escalation of war in Syria, and cross-border ISIL occupation of western Iraq that may result to further destabilization of the region; and the raising of regional tensions after Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric—and Iran’s reaction to it—has soured positive sentiment just when the lifting of sanctions was imminent.

Therefore, this research paper and analysis is to provide in-depth analysis of the implications of Iran’s re-integration into global energy markets with the pros and cons; how far, and how well in post-sanctions Iran's energy sector. 

Pre and Post-Sanctions of Iran's Oil and Gas Industry Investment Climate