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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

  • Israel And Egypt Compete To Become New Energy Hub

    Published 20 March 2019 | viewed 5,440 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 7,369 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 12,837 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…

  • The World’s Next Great LNG Project

    Published 02 March 2019 | viewed 18,558 times

    According to Shell, global demand for LNG will grow by 11 percent in 2019. Primarily, it will be consumers in China and India that will…

  • Why Iran Fears The New Oil Order

    Published 28 February 2019 | viewed 10,872 times

    The fundamentals of the oil market have changed significantly over the decades since the inception of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Although the cartel’s…

  • Hydrogen Cars Struggle To Compete With Electric Vehicles

    Published 25 February 2019 | viewed 17,441 times

    The electrification of most industrialized societies has taken off in a big way. In the EU and China government support such as regulations and subsidies…

  • Moscow And Beijing Discuss Natural Gas Megaproject

    Published 23 February 2019 | viewed 10,345 times

    Diplomatic relations between Moscow and Beijing have significantly improved over the past couple of decades. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and China were…

  • Where Will Putin Build His Next Gas Pipeline?

    Published 19 February 2019 | viewed 9,278 times

    Russian gas giant Gazprom has invested billions in extending and diversifying its pipeline infrastructure to Europe through Turk Stream and Nord Stream 2. Both projects…

  • Are Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Ambitions Realistic?

    Published 16 February 2019 | viewed 14,938 times

    The Arabian Peninsula has, for most of its existence, not been of significant strategic value. The region is mostly dry and, until recently, didn’t produce…

  • Nord Stream 2 Was Always A Done Deal

    Published 11 February 2019 | viewed 8,490 times

    Europe’s position as an arena for great power rivalry ended after the Cold War. In recent days, however, the continent has, again, become a theatre…

  • The Achilles Heel For EV Makers

    Published 09 February 2019 | viewed 11,708 times

    Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more and more popular in most industrialized countries. Although conventional cars claim 99 percent of the market, the announcement of…

  • Uncertainty Continues For LNG Markets

    Published 07 February 2019 | viewed 6,605 times

    ‘King Coal’ dominated the energy mix during the industrial revolution of the 19th century. The replacement of the steam engine by the internal combustion engine…

  • Can Venezuela Revive Its Oil Industry Like Iraq Did?

    Published 04 February 2019 | viewed 5,632 times

    The political turmoil in Venezuela seems to be a never-ending story. Since Hugo Chavez’ presidency, the Latin American country has been the center of attention…

  • The World’s Most Extraordinary Oil & Gas Company

    Published 31 January 2019 | viewed 14,668 times

    Gazprom is, without doubt, the most important and influential company in Russia. The energy giant controls one of the world's largest and most impressive hydrocarbon…

  • Syria’s New ‘Militarized’ Oil Companies

    Published 23 January 2019 | viewed 6,775 times

    Russia’s involvement in the Syrian civil war dramatically changed the balance of power. Before the intervention, government forces were quickly losing ground to numerous rebel…

  • What’s Holding Back The Global Energy Transition

    Published 22 January 2019 | viewed 7,414 times

    The consumption of natural resources and consequentially pollution has led to increased attention for the environment in most parts of the world. While it is…

  • Are Conventional Producers Really Losing Influence?

    Published 12 January 2019 | viewed 6,824 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 14,195 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…

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    Published 07 January 2019 | viewed 7,478 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 16,096 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…

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