BP posted a loss of $6.5bn last year as it cut capex by $18bn. But the Middle East and North Africa are providing a key ray of hope.

Iraq was the key bright spot on the firm’s 2015 production numbers, while CEO Bob Dudley flags up Egypt’s West Nile Delta project as the firm’s main 2015 final investment decision, with the firm’s two major 2015 “exploration successes” also in Egypt; even the firm’s chronic receivables in Egypt were down: by 23% from a year earlier at $1.739bn. (CONTINUED - 1734 WORDS)