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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

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

    Published 30 May 2020 | viewed 18,001 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 16,097 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 17,709 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 35,713 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 19,655 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 42,667 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 45,475 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 27,561 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 69,384 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 20,017 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…

  • Why Hydrogen Stocks Are Soaring

    Published 02 March 2020 | viewed 29,679 times

    For decades climate change was a topic for predominantly environmentalists. Since the early 2010s, this has changed dramatically. The transformation culminated in the Paris Climate…

  • The World’s Largest Oil Companies Are At A Crossroads

    Published 26 February 2020 | viewed 18,392 times

    The global oil and gas market was once dominated by a select group of Western energy companies called “The Seven Sisters”. The unparalleled influence of…

  • UAE’s Latest Natural Gas Discovery Is A Gamechanger

    Published 23 February 2020 | viewed 75,296 times

    The Persian Gulf is, without doubt, the most prominent oil and gas production area in the world. After decades of intensive exploration and production, the…

  • Europe's Largest Economy Is Betting Big On Hydrogen

    Published 17 February 2020 | viewed 27,236 times

    The energy transition is a herculean challenge that is being thwarted by the world’s addiction to fossil fuels. Fortunately, the IEA had some good news…

  • The Oil Nation That Squandered Its Wealth

    Published 06 February 2020 | viewed 27,969 times

    Some of the world’s first ever commercial oil wells were operational near Baku in 19th century Imperial Russia in today’s Azerbaijan. The oil abundance produced…

  • The Real Reason Russia Wants A Ceasefire In Libya

    Published 29 January 2020 | viewed 12,781 times

    The destabilization of Libya after the ousting of longtime dictator Muammar Khadaffi has created an unstable country where states support a proxy in the continuing…

  • The New Energy Superpower In The Middle East

    Published 18 January 2020 | viewed 32,535 times

    Russia under President Putin has regained some of the global importance that it lost after the breakup of the Soviet Union. During the Cold War,…

  • The Superpower Energy Project To Watch In 2020

    Published 15 January 2020 | viewed 18,804 times

    The year has started well for Russia when it comes to energy. Two large energy projects have been finished, Turk Stream and Power of Siberia,…

  • The Battle For Suriname’s Oil Is About To Begin

    Published 13 January 2020 | viewed 35,194 times

    The discovery of a significant oil field off the coast of Suriname has grabbed headlines in the past few weeks. With less than a million…

  • Bringing Transparency To China's Opaque Oil Market

    Published 09 January 2020 | viewed 7,666 times

    China’s stellar rise from backwater to economic and technological powerhouse has dramatically transformed the world’s energy markets. Especially the oil sector has been affected due…

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