Last week’s unprecedented shutdown of Israel’s Tamar gas platform could scare off upstream interest just as US major Exxon was looking to enter. Heightened regional tensions have also seen Turkey begin drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ (see p10).

Israel Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz on 5 May ordered the shutdown of all 1.1bn cfd output from the key Tamar gas field. This came after security services informed the ministry of a “credible threat” to the field’s...