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Vanand Meliksetian

Contributor since: 13 Feb 2018

Vanand Meliksetian

Vanand Meliksetian is an energy and utilities consultant who has worked with several major international energy companies. He has an LL.M. from VU Amsterdam University Law and Politics of International Security where he wrote his thesis on Russian-European energy relations. He specializes in international legal and political developments.

Latest articles from Vanand

  • Coal’s Long Goodbye

    Published 13 July 2019 | viewed 10,412 times

    King Coal’s reign has been long and relentless. The world’s most important source of energy was essential during the industrial revolution for the modernization of…

  • Is This The Last Bottleneck For Nord Stream 2?

    Published 06 July 2019 | viewed 10,810 times

    Large energy projects tend to be controversial due to environmental and political reasons. Nord Stream 2 (NS2) is not an exception as it is, arguably,…

  • Caught In The Middle: Iraq’s Struggle For Energy Independence

    Published 02 July 2019 | viewed 3,891 times

    The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 completely altered the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East. After Saddam’s forces were defeated, a violent insurgency led…

  • China’s Risky Move To Boost Domestic Oil Production

    Published 25 June 2019 | viewed 11,018 times

    China's unprecedented economic development since Deng Xiaoping's "Open Door Policy", has transformed the Asian country into the second largest economy of the world. The booming…

  • A Watershed Moment For Gazprom

    Published 15 June 2019 | viewed 10,915 times

    In Russia, oil stands for money and gas for power. The extensive pipeline infrastructure connecting gas fields in Siberia with consumers in primarily Europe has…

  • The Most Crucial Pipeline Of The Middle East?

    Published 08 June 2019 | viewed 14,774 times

    Contemporary Middle Eastern history is strongly influenced by energy politics. Besides providing revenue for the state’s coffers, oil is also a potent geopolitical tool in…

  • Australia Remains Dividend On Roaring LNG Sector

    Published 04 June 2019 | viewed 11,252 times

    The consumption of natural gas has grown considerably over the years. Especially LNG is in high demand as it adds a degree of flexibility to…

  • Why Battery Metals Are Bafflingly Cheap 

    Published 01 June 2019 | viewed 11,783 times

    Oil is sometimes referred to as ‘black gold' while cotton is often called ‘white gold'. Now, with the global fight against climate change taking off,…

  • Moscow May Use ‘Nuclear Option’ In European Gas Race

    Published 22 May 2019 | viewed 10,654 times

    The competition for a stake in the European gas market is heating up in 2019, which promises to be an important year. The outcome of…

  • Russia Aims To Exploit Africa’s Energy Potential

    Published 15 May 2019 | viewed 8,236 times

    Africa’s economic potential is enormous: the continent contains significant mineral and energy deposits, a young and growing population, and an underdeveloped energy sector desperately in…

  • Iraq's Return To Oil's Top Table

    Published 07 May 2019 | viewed 10,247 times

    Iraq has been at the center of many a Middle East conflict in the region’s contemporary history. The country has endured years of violence since…

  • The Next Flashpoint In This Emerging Energy Hub

    Published 30 April 2019 | viewed 9,883 times

    The Eastern Mediterranean is quickly turning into an energy hub due to the discovery of significant gas resources in recent years. Egypt, for example, has…

  • The Slow Death Of Californian Oil & Gas

    Published 25 April 2019 | viewed 26,854 times

    Entrepreneurs in California were pioneers of the American oil industry in the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. One of the oldest still…

  • Does Germany’s LNG Strategy Make Sense?

    Published 23 April 2019 | viewed 9,978 times

    Europe’s largest economy is going through a monumental change due to the energy transition or ‘Energiewende’ as it’s called in Germany. Over the years significant…

  • Hydrogen’s Role In The Energy System Of The Future

    Published 13 April 2019 | viewed 22,026 times

    In a rare move of unity, the world agreed to curb global warming and reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses in Paris in 2016. Despite…

  • China Aims For Nuclear Dominance

    Published 03 April 2019 | viewed 7,098 times

    The revival of China in economic terms can be seen as one of the greatest success stories in human history. The introduction of the country’s…

  • Japan Struggles To Diversify Energy Mix

    Published 26 March 2019 | viewed 7,151 times

    The percentage of renewables in the global energy mix has risen significantly over the years due to, for example, lower costs for photovoltaic cells. The…

  • Israel And Egypt Compete To Become New Energy Hub

    Published 20 March 2019 | viewed 10,455 times

    The discovery of the giant gas field Tamar of the coast of Israel in 2009 was the beginning of a new period for the Eastern…

  • Russia’s Next Oil Boom Is Happening In The Arctic

    Published 11 March 2019 | viewed 10,291 times

    One of the major challenges of the 21st century is without doubt climate change. For most countries, global warming poses a serious threat. Russia, however,…

  • Staggering Demand Growth Could End Price Control In Oil Markets

    Published 07 March 2019 | viewed 15,369 times

    Energy security is, without doubt, one of the most critical topics policymakers and professionals are concerned with. However, producers and consumers add a different meaning…

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