Wael Mahdi

Wael Mahdi is an independent energy commentator specializing on OPEC and a co-author of “OPEC in a Shale Oil World: Where to Next?”

Twitter: @waelmahdi

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5 years after Vienna Agreement: The pain and gain are still here

If it wasn’t for the agreement that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies signed in Vienna five years ago, OPEC+ wouldn’t be meeting today or celebrating its triumph over the market.

December 02, 2021

After OPEC+, say hello to SPR+

I believe that writing a column to examine the current US energy policies is a waste of time to comment on. These policies are something that can’t be justified by economic logic and go against common sense.

November 24, 2021

Going green in developing countries pays off in the future … Ask ACWA Power

ACWA Power is a well-known Saudi energy company. It’s more known outside of Saudi Arabia than inside with projects stretching from South Africa to Indonesia and with a diverse portfolio ranging from coal-fired plants to green hydrogen.

November 21, 2021

Dubai, NEOM, Riyadh and the Search for $1b Startups “Unicorns”

Startups who become $1 billion business, better known as unicorns, are one of the most interesting business phenomena of today.

November 19, 2021

A world with no cigarettes is a world with no oil

Allow me to start this column by stating that I’m not a smoker and I detest cigarettes. I used to smoke Middle Eastern sheesha also known as Nargile before quitting more than a decade ago. I think that’s the best thing I ever did in the last decade.

November 17, 2021

That’s not hilarious Secretary Granholm

The response that US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm gave to Bloomberg’s Tom Keene on Friday was truly shocking, typical, and full of contradictions.

November 06, 2021

What will Saudi Arabia tell the world on Oct. 23?

The first Future Investment Initiative forum five years ago witnessed the birth of NEOM, when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shared his vision of that giga-project with the rest of the world.

October 16, 2021

Oil back at $100 a barrel: myth or possible reality?

What will happen if oil prices surpass $80 a barrel, as Goldman Sachs predicted a few months ago?

September 28, 2021