Bahrain’s oil and gas sector is back on the map following last year’s announcement of a major tight oil discovery. Oil Minister Sheikh Muhammad Al Khalifa speaks exclusively with MEES* about how this can fuel progress in the downstream as well as boosting crude exports.

Q: Considerable dynamism currently surrounds Bahrain’s oil and gas sector. Last year’s announcement of major unconventional reserves certainly caused a big stir in the industry. Can you put that in...