Whilst Gulf countries are set to burn less crude in their power plants this year than last, total oil burn is set to rise, MEES number-crunching indicates. The two biggest burners Saudi Arabia and Iraq both have ambitious plans to replace oil burning with gas. But, with power demand continuing to rise, they have a long way to go to achieve this.

Saudi Arabia burnt 424,000 b/d of crude in its power plants in the first half of 2017, down 50,000 b/d on the same period a year earlier, though...