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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

  • Are Conventional Producers Really Losing Influence?

    Published 12 January 2019 | viewed 5,792 times

    Energy professionals and others following the developments in the oil and gas industry during the last couple of years have witnessed a massive rise in…

  • Why 2019 Will Be A Record Breaking Year For LNG

    Published 08 January 2019 | viewed 10,775 times

    Last year saw a rise in the importance of environmentalism and the overall attention for cleaner energy sources. In contrast to the unilateral U.S. withdrawal…

  • Energy Experts Are Watching This Hotspot In 2019

    Published 07 January 2019 | viewed 6,225 times

    Historically the Mediterranean hasn’t been the focus of oil and gas producing companies. With the exception of Algeria and Libya which owe their energy industry…

  • The Real Reason Behind Beijing’s War On Pollution

    Published 29 December 2018 | viewed 10,569 times

    Forty years ago, the Communist Party of China under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping introduced economic reforms which heralded an era of economic growth and…

  • The Battle For Syria’s Oil Region

    Published 24 December 2018 | viewed 15,224 times

    The Syrian Civil War has gone through several phases over the course of seven years and it now appears to be entering another one. Government…

  • Energy Transition Under Fire As Power Bills Soar

    Published 19 December 2018 | viewed 8,337 times

    For a long period of time, the energy transition was primarily a technical topic concerning the transformation of the energy grid. Technological developments and the…

  • Why Russia Agreed To Additional Production Cuts

    Published 16 December 2018 | viewed 13,844 times

    OPEC has been dominating the oil market since its inception in 1960. Together, the members possess approximately 82 percent of global conventional oil reserves and…

  • Will China Turn Its Back On U.S. LNG?

    Published 11 December 2018 | viewed 9,947 times

    There was a sigh of relief from global markets when the leaders of China and the U.S. met on the side-lines of the G20 summit…

  • Are Floating Reactors The Future Of Nuclear Energy?

    Published 08 December 2018 | viewed 14,366 times

    The future of nuclear energy is either gloomy or promising depending on the country or region in question. In the developed world nuclear power is…

  • The U.S. Pipeline Industry Is Booming

    Published 05 December 2018 | viewed 12,108 times

    Every once in a while, a new technological development shakes up a conservative sector. In the oil and gas industry, the shale revolution has changed…

  • The Biggest Threat To Australia’s LNG Sector

    Published 02 December 2018 | viewed 12,311 times

    Demand for natural gas is rising fast. The relative clean nature of the fuel, abundance, and geographic distribution make it a good alternative to pollutant…

  • Stopping Syria’s Oil Smuggling Scheme

    Published 27 November 2018 | viewed 7,947 times

    The civil war in Syria has resulted in government-controlled areas being deprived of domestic oil. Before the war, Eastern Syria produced 95 percent of the…

  • Can Oil Solve Washington’s Syria Dilemma?

    Published 22 November 2018 | viewed 5,738 times

    In the past seven years Syrian cities have been reduced to rubble, thousands have lost their lives, but the main objective of the U.S. and…

  • Russia Takes Major Leap In European Gas War

    Published 17 November 2018 | viewed 11,399 times

    On November 19th, President Putin will stand shoulder to shoulder with President Erdogan during a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first string of…

  • Russia Pulls Ahead In Middle East Nuclear Race

    Published 13 November 2018 | viewed 12,452 times

    In most of the industrialized world, nuclear energy has lost its appeal due to, among other reasons, the disaster at Fukushima in 2011. Few countries…

  • Rosneft’s Middle East Strategy Explained

    Published 10 November 2018 | viewed 8,876 times

    Where some see hardship, others see opportunity. Russia’s most valuable export products are oil and gas of which the top producers are Rosneft and Gazprom,…

  • Why Are Middle Eastern LNG Imports Soaring?

    Published 03 November 2018 | viewed 11,521 times

    The Arab world is blessed with some of the most impressive hydrocarbon reserves in the world, but despite impressive domestic reserves, production has failed to…

  • Can Russia Relieve The Iranian Oil Crisis?

    Published 30 October 2018 | viewed 7,755 times

    Charles de Gaulle once said: “no nation has friends, only interests.” Cooperation between Russia and Iran has been increasing over the years. The countries are…

  • Oil Majors Win Big In New NAFTA Deal

    Published 23 October 2018 | viewed 14,347 times

    President Donald Trump’s election shook the foundations of America’s alliance with two of its most important allies and trading partners: Canada and Mexico. His campaign…

  • The Biggest Winners In The Mediterranean Energy War

    Published 20 October 2018 | viewed 11,009 times

    Former Vice-President of the United States Dick Cheney once said: “the good lord didn’t see fit to put oil and gas only where there are…

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