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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

  • China And The EU Vie For Hydrogen Supremacy

    Published 04 August 2020 | viewed 14,666 times

    Not so long ago the energy transition was primarily an idealistic concept driven by environmentalists and researchers. The most important impediment was the high costs…

  • Perfect Timing? China Announces Hydropower Megaprojects In Pakistan

    Published 27 July 2020 | viewed 86,174 times

    Few global projects receive the same amount of praise and criticism as China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) does. Regardless of one’s opinion, the BRI…

  • China Eyes Hydropower Projects Around The World

    Published 25 July 2020 | viewed 14,098 times

    In the world of hydropower two factors matter when considering the construction of a dam for electricity production: the movement of large quantities of water…

  • Russia Eyes Another Massive Gas Pipeline To China

    Published 08 July 2020 | viewed 24,736 times

    The Chinese and Russian leadership have over the years intensified political and economic collaboration. Troubling relations with the West in general and the U.S. in…

  • A Look At Europe’s Ambitious $140 Billion Hydrogen Plan

    Published 02 July 2020 | viewed 23,890 times

    Europe’s most powerful supranational organization, the European Commission has earmarked the energy transition as one of the most important topics for the coming years. The…

  • Can China’s Insatiable Appetite For Gas Save The LNG Industry?

    Published 23 June 2020 | viewed 9,430 times

    After years of impressive growth figures, the global gas market has been hit by a perfect storm. Two consecutive mild winters in the northern hemisphere,…

  • China Drops Energy Efficiency Targets Amid Covid-19 Crisis

    Published 17 June 2020 | viewed 19,844 times

    China’s incredible economic expansion has earned it the status of the world’s largest CO2 emitter. While the Asian country’s economy is second only to the…

  • Germany Capitalizes On Crisis With Big Bet On Hydrogen

    Published 15 June 2020 | viewed 14,452 times

    Decarbonization and the energy transition used to be a topic for environmentalists and leftist politicians. Not so long ago photovoltaic cells and wind turbines were…

  • China Set To Ramp Up Natural Gas Imports This Decade

    Published 08 June 2020 | viewed 22,100 times

    The Coronavirus pandemic is devastating global demand for commodities such as oil and gas. China’s GDP fell by 6.8 percent during the first quarter, which…

  • Turkey’s Dangerous Energy Play Is Putting The Entire Region At Risk

    Published 30 May 2020 | viewed 29,540 times

    In the world of energy geopolitics and economics are closely linked to each other. The exploitation of oil and gas reserves is a major source…

  • Europe’s Gas Glut Could Hit Global LNG Market Hard

    Published 27 May 2020 | viewed 19,961 times

    Unquestionably the current global health situation is going to cause a severe economic crisis not seen since the Great Depression. This is already apparent in…

  • Germany Aims To Become World’s Hydrogen Hotspot

    Published 26 May 2020 | viewed 24,312 times

    The energy transition can be compared to a marathon instead of a sprint. As the costs of photovoltaic cells and wind turbines have significantly decreased,…

  • Why The Next Oil Price Cycle Is So Important For Saudi Arabia

    Published 04 May 2020 | viewed 36,874 times

    Time is running out for oil-dependent nations. The world is transforming quickly and climate change is accelerating oil’s demise even faster. Despite fossil fuel’s so-called…

  • Russia’s Grand Plan For Arctic Oil Is Under Threat

    Published 29 April 2020 | viewed 20,556 times

    Russia's oil sector has been at the center of virtually all developments in its modern history. Imperial Russia already produced oil in the early days…

  • Saudi Arabia And Russia Fight Bitter Market Share Battle As Oil Prices Collapse

    Published 27 April 2020 | viewed 44,436 times

    The Chinese word ‘crisis’ consists of the characters for ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’. The unprecedented situation in global energy markets has provided traditional producers with an…

  • China Is Stocking Up On Cheap LNG

    Published 16 April 2020 | viewed 46,844 times

    COVID-19 is causing an unprecedented global economic crisis which also affects the LNG industry. In February China’s lockdown seemed to contain the outbreak of the…

  • Natural Gas Is Suffering On All Sides

    Published 08 April 2020 | viewed 28,396 times

    Natural gas has gone from being a by-product of oil production to a vital source of energy for transportation, industry, and heating. Technological advancements have…

  • North Sea Oil Faces Crisis

    Published 05 April 2020 | viewed 71,155 times

    Oil and gas production in the North Sea became viable due to the 1973 oil crisis. The Arab-Israeli conflict caused a serious disruption that led…

  • The Biggest Threat To Western Oil Majors

    Published 26 March 2020 | viewed 20,632 times

    The international oil market is composed of two types of companies: International Oil Companies (IOC) and National Oil Companies (NOC). The former are Western firms…

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    Published 02 March 2020 | viewed 39,054 times

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