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Scott Belinksi

Contributor since: 02 Aug 2013

Scott Belinksi

Scott Belinksi is an international energy consultant currently based in Moscow. His interests and areas of expertise include Eastern European politics, shale gas, deep-water drilling and big oil.

Latest articles from Scott

  • The Real Reason Europe Finally Attempts To Stabilize Libya

    Published 27 October 2018 | viewed 17,476 times

    After years of reticence to reengage as the situation in Libya increasingly spiralled out of control, the European powers—and particularly France and Italy—are finally wading…

  • European Firms Hit Hard By U.S. Sanctions On Iran

    Published 01 September 2018 | viewed 20,925 times

    As Iran is turning to the UN’s International Court of Justice to have the US-imposed sanctions against its oil suspended, the EU is preparing for…

  • Gulf States Boost Renewables Investments

    Published 31 January 2018 | viewed 8,884 times

    Considering his pledges to make the United States “energy dominant,” President Donald Trump must take satisfaction in Department of Energy (DOE) projections of growing domestic…

  • European Gas Struggles Leave Bulgaria In A Tight Spot

    Published 20 January 2018 | viewed 13,134 times

    Despite the EU’s best efforts to diversify suppliers, Russian gas exports to Europe grew by 8.1 percent to hit a record high of 193.9 billion…

  • Oil Majors See Profit In Carbon Capture And Storage

    Published 08 November 2017 | viewed 13,587 times

    When the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released a new report regarding the atmospheric concentration of CO2, it was the bearer of bad news. According to…

  • Qatar Aims To Ease Its Reliance On LNG Exports

    Published 19 August 2017 | viewed 15,881 times

    In the game of chicken gripping the Persian Gulf, Qatar is responding to recent overtures from its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) neighbors by slamming its…

  • Was Trump Right About Coal?

    Published 30 July 2017 | viewed 33,099 times

    In the six months since becoming president of the United States, Donald Trump has markedly shifted the global conversation on the long-term viability of fossil…

  • Will Lebanese Oil And Gas Ignite The Country?

    Published 09 February 2017 | viewed 13,030 times

    While the Eastern Mediterranean is well known for its major (and underexploited) gas reserves, Lebanon is the latest country in the region to join the…

  • Is Europe’s Reliance On Renewables Dangerous?

    Published 10 December 2016 | viewed 9,297 times

    The European Commission released its long-awaited “Clean Energy For All Europeans,” otherwise known as the “Winter Package.” The package is a bundle of over four…

  • How To Solve South Africa’s Energy Crisis

    Published 30 August 2016 | viewed 15,011 times

    With sun-drenched deserts to the north and the windswept Atlantic on its western coast, South Africa has abundant clean energy reserves. Recently discovered natural gas…

  • EU Fends Off Gazprom, But Still Needs To Deal With Rosatom

    Published 04 August 2016 | viewed 91,872 times

    Gazprom, Russia’s flagship energy company and the face of its geopolitical ambitions, is facing grim times. Although the company was able to report an almost…

  • To Avoid The Oil Curse, Russia Needs To Take A Leaf Out Of The Saudi’s Book

    Published 20 June 2016 | viewed 14,179 times

    When Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman first announced the Kingdom’s post-oil blueprint in April many commentators were skeptical. Saudi Arabia, they said, has been…

  • Not Everyone Is Happy About Egypt’s Latest Gas Discovery

    Published 03 September 2015 | viewed 27,937 times

    The Nile has been the source of life for the people of Egypt for all of recorded history. A blue stripe down the spine of…

  • Putin May Have Last Laugh Over Western Sanctions

    Published 02 April 2015 | viewed 28,966 times

    In what can only be seen as another “symbol of sanctions defiance”, on March 27 China announced it would be providing French oil giant Total…

  • Caspian Sea Could Be Key To Russian Control Of Eurasian Energy Markets

    Published 14 October 2014 | viewed 20,514 times

    The world’s favorite hotbed of instability, the Caspian Sea, has finally earned the right to be called, well… a sea. This is the unexpected epiphany…

  • Libya Has Resumed Oil Exports, But Will It Last?

    Published 19 July 2014 | viewed 6,641 times

    When Libya announced that it had reached a deal with a group of rebel fighters led by Ibrahim Jathran who were blockading its oil export terminals,…

  • In Search Of Russia’s Lost Shale Boom

    Published 17 June 2014 | viewed 6,247 times

    At this year’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), held May 22-24, industry insiders seemed confident that Russia’s oil and gas sector will live through…

  • How Separatists In Donetsk Threaten Japan's Energy Security

    Published 17 May 2014 | viewed 8,955 times

    Europe is not the only country in the world to feel torn between enforcing sanctions against Russia’s aggressive actions in Eastern Ukraine and preserving its…

  • Ukraine’s Two New Energy Deals

    Published 10 December 2013 | viewed 17,324 times

    If one was to believe the picture that most Western media outlets are painting, Ukraine has been lost to Russia. Though the country fought valiantly…

  • Clash Over Oligarch Kerimov Devolves Into Gas Dispute with Belarus

    Published 12 November 2013 | viewed 13,754 times

    Just as Russia is trying to convince Ukraine to join its Eurasian Custom's Union in the run-up to the Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit this month,…

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