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The Only Logical End To The Oil War

Friday, April 3, 2020

The Only Logical End To The Oil War

by Amad Shaikh*

The global oil and gas industry is in a state of utter distress and uncertainty at the moment. At a time where the coronavirus pandemic is decimating oil demand, the last thing that the oil world needed was an OPEC+ row that threatens to open the oil spigots in the world. Instead of taking measures to temporarily slash supply to keep up with the demand drop, Saudi Arabia and Russia are going head to head to increase supplies

Doubling up: Could Coronavirus Bailouts Make Economies Greener?

Friday, March 27, 2020

Doubling up: Could Coronavirus Bailouts Make Economies Greener?

Two weeks into a growing coronavirus outbreak, Lucy Vinis, the mayor of the Oregon city of Eugene, has plenty to worry about – from how to protect the community’s homeless population to how to keep services functioning in the face of uncertainty. COVID-19, she said, feels like a slow, invisible tsunami – the kind of risk earthquake-threatened U.S. West Coast cities are more used to preparing for


Oil Could Crash To $10 As World Runs Out Of Storage

Friday, March 20, 2020

Oil Could Crash To $10 As World Runs Out Of Storage

The growing supply glut in oil markets could end up filling all storage tanks worldwide, potentially causing prices to drop even further

Global oil storage could overflow in the coming weeks as the coronavirus pandemic has dealt a severe blow to demand while Saudi Arabia has promised to supply 12.3 million bpd—not just in April but also over the next few months.

Will Turkey Explore Oil in Somalia?

Friday, March 13, 2020

Will Turkey Explore Oil in Somalia?

The end of January this year saw important news regarding Turkey’s energy scene from President Tayyip Erdogan in statements he made to reporters while returning from Berlin after the Libya summit. While talking about the maritime boundary delimitation agreement with Libya and Turkey’s exploration vessels in the eastern Mediterranean,


The Eib's Attack on Gas is Counter-Productive [Global Gas Perspectives]

Friday, March 6, 2020

The Eib's Attack on Gas is Counter-Productive [Global Gas Perspectives]

Over the last few months, and especially following the publication of the European Commission's Green New Deal, we are witnessing an unprecedented attack on natural gas. The opposition to the growinguse of gas stems from the notion that, along with coal and oil, it is highly


Is Turkey's Gamble in the East Mediterranean a Risk Worth Taking?

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Is Turkey's Gamble in the East Mediterranean a Risk Worth Taking?

Looking back at 2019 this will no doubt be remembered as the year that Turkey upped the ante in the deep waters of the East Mediterranean by adopting and promoting a highly provocative, if not belligerent, stand. In what appears to be a well thought out plan Ankara has very consistently over

Secretariat Launches Study on Carbon Pricing Design in the Energy Community

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Secretariat Launches Study on Carbon Pricing Design in the Energy Community

While the Energy Community Treaty works to integrate Contracting Parties into the EU energy market via harmonization of the legal and regulatory framework, a crucial element is still missing – a carbon pricing mechanism. EU electricity prices account for externalities via the emissions trading


Stormy Waters in the Eastern Mediterranean

Friday, January 24, 2020

Stormy Waters in the Eastern Mediterranean

On November 27, 2019, Turkey signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj, for the delimitation of the two countries' Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). This agreement creates a joint maritime strip extending across the Eastern Mediterranean

Why Greece is Key to US Plans to Sell More Natural Gas to Europe

Friday, January 10, 2020

Why Greece is Key to US Plans to Sell More Natural Gas to Europe

Two geostrategic energy alliances are crossing swords over southeastEuropeand the eastern Mediterranean. Between them, they plan billions of dollars' worth of competing infrastructure projects. And the ones that succeed will create the regional energy map of the future.


Eastmed Gas Pipeline 'Political Project': Expert

Friday, January 3, 2020

Eastmed Gas Pipeline 'Political Project': Expert

The EastMed natural gas pipeline is a political project, it is not viable and very expensive, said an academic, expert on energy diplomacy. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades inked an agreement on Thursday over the EastMed

World's 1st Floating Nuke Plant to Spur Regional Economy

Friday, December 27, 2019

World's 1st Floating Nuke Plant to Spur Regional Economy

The world's first floating nuclear power plant "Akademik Lomonosov" will boost the socio-economic development of the region and be a key infrastructural element in the Northern Sea Route (NSR) project, a shipping lane runs along the Russian Arctic coast, a Russian official said.


Highlights of Global Energy Market in 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019

Highlights of Global Energy Market in 2019

The global energy sector in 2019 largely featured growing tensions between the U.S. and Iran, oil tanker attacks amid heightened tensions in the Middle East and climate crisis. The growing tensions between Iran, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia were at the center of discussions on the oil market in 2019 resulting in supply concerns.

Global LNG Markets Are Circling The Drain

Friday, December 13, 2019

Global LNG Markets Are Circling The Drain

Low natural gas prices from Europe to Asia, ample supply amid more than sufficient storage, and weaker demand growth this year have combined to create a perfect storm in the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market The LNG glut is already seen in Asian spot prices, which have been falling for five weeks in a row—an unusual price movement


Oil Market Should Trust OPEC: Saudi Energy Minister

Friday, December 6, 2019

Oil Market Should Trust OPEC: Saudi Energy Minister

The global oil market should trust OPEC as the organization will not leave the market neglected, Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said Friday. As the 7th OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial meeting kicked off in Vienna, OPEC's largest producer Saudi Arabia tried to reassure both


Turkey and Europe on Collision Course Over Energy Agenda

Friday, November 22, 2019

Turkey and Europe on Collision Course Over Energy Agenda

Turkey’s location has always given it a key geostrategic advantage. Its proximity to the Middle East and the Caspian as well as its position on the Black Sea make it an indispensable member of NATO. In recent years, however, Ankara’s diplomatic relations with its Western allies

The Ιnfluence of Pipelines on Regional Politics

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Ιnfluence of Pipelines on Regional Politics

In our recently recently released book Does Energy Cause Ethnic Wars?: Natural gas and regional conflicts in the the East Mediterranean and Caspian Sea, Andreas Stergiou and I attempted to appraise the role of natural gas as well as the question of whether the prospect of economic benefits resulting


Indias Co2 Emissions Growth Poised to Slow Sharply in 2019

Friday, November 1, 2019

Indias Co2 Emissions Growth Poised to Slow Sharply in 2019

In the first eight months of 2019, growth in India’s CO2 emissions slowed down sharply, putting the country on track to its lowest annual increase in nearly 20 years. Our analysis, based on data from various ministries responsible for electricity, coal


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