Bahrain’s new oil minister is faced with the withdrawal of the foreign partners at the country’s only operated oilfield.

Bahrain appointed Shaikh Muhammad bin Khalifa Al Khalifa as Energy Minister on 3 June, replacing ‘Abd al-Husain ‘Ali Mirza. He immediately faces the challenge of coping with the withdrawal of the key Awali oil field’s operators. Ambitious expansion plans at the onshore field were already fast receding into the distance and this is a further...