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Vanand Meliksetian

Contributor since: 13 Feb 2018

Vanand Meliksetian

Vanand Meliksetian has extended experience working in the energy sector. His involvement with the fossil fuel industry as well as renewables makes him an allrounder who is not limited to certain topics. Furthermore, Vanand has worked as a management consultant for international energy companies such as Total and Vattenfall where he has gained detailed knowledge of the requirements of the private sector. He has expanded his understanding of the energy sector working for the Dutch government where he worked on the development of the North Sea energy strategy.

Vanand’s articles reflect his personal views and are not connecting to his work. He specializes in geopolitics, innovation, and policy.

Latest articles from Vanand

  • Is Gazprom About To Lose Its Natural Gas Export Monopoly?

    Published 20 September 2021 | viewed 5,718 times

    The long-awaited Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline is arguably the world’s most contentious energy project. While its completion was uncertain for a long time, favorable…

  • The Battle For Control Of East Mediterranean Energy

    Published 16 September 2021 | viewed 1,836 times

    The history of oil and natural gas is marred by instability and conflict. The rise of the Eastern Mediterranean as a prolific energy region has…

  • Record-Breaking Energy Prices Could Soar Even Higher In Europe

    Published 11 September 2021 | viewed 4,653 times

    The European electricity market is in crisis as a perfect storm is driving up prices to ever greater heights. The timing couldn't have been worse…

  • Can India Become A Major Renewable Energy Player?

    Published 07 September 2021 | viewed 1,209 times

    Successful economies have several things in common, including a stable and reliable energy system with relatively affordable prices for households and businesses. This puts developing…

  • Can The U.S. Catch Up With China In The Clean Energy Race?

    Published 01 September 2021 | viewed 1,376 times

    Three giants dominate the global economic system: the EU, United States, and China. Of these three, the Americans are relatively far behind when it comes…

  • China’s Big Oil To Exploit Core Strengths In Decarbonization

    Published 23 August 2021 | viewed 1,803 times

    The Chinese economic miracle has succeeded in lifting millions out of poverty and transforming the geopolitical landscape. The country’s rapid industrialization has accelerated climate change…

  • Can ‘Nuclear’ Hydrogen Become Competitive?

    Published 16 August 2021 | viewed 3,295 times

    The appeal of nuclear power in the Western world has dropped significantly after the disaster with Japan's Fukushima power plant. It fueled the skepticism of…

  • A Major Rift Remains Within OPEC

    Published 11 August 2021 | viewed 3,529 times

    Conflicts and major disagreements within OPEC usually go unnoticed as member states use consultation and decision-making mechanisms that prevent a public mess. The UAE’s recent…

  • Russia’s Mediterranean Pivot Will Come At A Cost

    Published 31 July 2021 | viewed 3,201 times

    The overwhelming majority of Russia’s population lives in the western regions near the border with Europe and the Black Sea. Cultural and economic ties with…

  • Can Turkmenistan Become A Serious Gas Player In Europe?

    Published 27 July 2021 | viewed 1,773 times

    The Caspian Sea is one of the world’s largest and oldest oil and gas producing regions. During the Cold War, the hydrocarbon-rich area was Soviet-controlled…

  • The Perfect Nation For A Renewable Energy Revolution

    Published 21 July 2021 | viewed 1,555 times

    In terms of energy resources, Australia is truly blessed. The island-nation is already an important fossil fuel exporter with the potential to become a heavyweight…

  • Why Russia Is Refusing To Send Europe More Natural Gas

    Published 15 July 2021 | viewed 10,296 times

    Rising commodity prices have strengthened the economic outlook of resource-rich countries. Russia is taking advantage of this in a major way, with a particular focus…

  • The Mega-Challenge Of Creating A Global Hydrogen Market

    Published 08 July 2021 | viewed 2,747 times

    Hydrogen has become a buzzword that has stirred the energy industry. Although some fossil fuel-dependent countries feel threatened, others see opportunities. And while skeptics first…

  • Russia Is Ready To Open The Taps

    Published 30 June 2021 | viewed 12,941 times

    There is economic life after the pandemic. While the novel coronavirus hasn't been vanquished, oil demand has significantly risen in the past couple of months.…

  • Will Iran Emerge As A Renewable Energy Breakout Story?

    Published 24 June 2021 | viewed 3,156 times

    Iran is without doubt one of the wealthiest countries in terms of energy production. Not only does the Middle Eastern country possess the world’s 2nd…

  • Russian Drillers Rejoice As Oil Continues To Rally

    Published 17 June 2021 | viewed 3,627 times

    Russia’s oil and gas industry has been the driving force behind its economy ever since the first oil fields were discovered in Tsarist Russia at…

  • China’s Pivot To Gas Is Fueling Support In LNG Demand

    Published 12 June 2021 | viewed 9,296 times

    Global economic recovery is gradually taking shape as the spread of the coronavirus is slowing in most countries due to summer weather and rapid vaccination…

  • Is The Golden Age Of Natural Gas Really Over?

    Published 07 June 2021 | viewed 6,160 times

    Two years ago the world noted growth in energy demand by 2.3 percent. It was primarily met by natural gas followed by renewables, oil, coal,…

  • Is This The First Truly Global Gas Price Benchmark?

    Published 29 May 2021 | viewed 3,174 times

    In the world of energy, size matters. Therefore, large producers and consumers can influence global markets while smaller players have to acquiesce to developments. One…

  • Will The U.S. Nuclear Industry Finally Get Government Help?

    Published 27 May 2021 | viewed 2,510 times

    Nuclear energy is a contentious subject in the western world where its future looks increasingly bleak. While nuclear power plants are still the biggest source…

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