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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

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    Published 22 May 2019 | viewed 8,123 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 5,981 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…

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    Published 30 April 2019 | viewed 7,109 times

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  • The Slow Death Of Californian Oil & Gas

    Published 25 April 2019 | viewed 25,822 times

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    Published 23 April 2019 | viewed 9,256 times

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

    Published 13 April 2019 | viewed 20,575 times

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  • China Aims For Nuclear Dominance

    Published 03 April 2019 | viewed 6,117 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 6,412 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 9,657 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 9,466 times

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  • Staggering Demand Growth Could End Price Control In Oil Markets

    Published 07 March 2019 | viewed 14,576 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 21,181 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 12,117 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 24,865 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 11,878 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…

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    Published 19 February 2019 | viewed 10,361 times

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  • Are Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Ambitions Realistic?

    Published 16 February 2019 | viewed 16,126 times

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    Published 11 February 2019 | viewed 10,497 times

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    Published 09 February 2019 | viewed 12,793 times

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