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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

  • China’s Big 3 Struggle To Ramp Up Oil Production

    Published 11 September 2019 | viewed 6,811 times

    China's unprecedented economic development and the massive increase in energy imports have made it an important destination for some of the world’s largest energy exporters.…

  • Superpowers Are Vying For Power In This New Oil & Gas Frontier

    Published 29 August 2019 | viewed 8,076 times

    The Eastern Mediterranean has become a hotbed for tensions between regional and great powers due to the discovery of major energy deposits. The littoral states…

  • Will Boris Johnson Back Fracking In The UK?

    Published 25 August 2019 | viewed 6,355 times

    The North Sea area has for decades been a source of wealth and provided energy security for many Northern European countries. However, its relatively small…

  • China’s Very Ambitious Transportation Revolution

    Published 22 August 2019 | viewed 9,535 times

    The proverb goes that when China coughs, the world catches the flu. The unprecedented economic development of the world's most populous country has led to…

  • Saudi Arabia And Russia Unlikely To Agree On New Oil Cuts

    Published 14 August 2019 | viewed 17,413 times

    OPEC is dead, long live OPEC+. Arguably the collaboration between the world's two largest exporters of oil, Russia and Saudi Arabia, is a significant development…

  • Germany’s Big Bet On Hydrogen

    Published 11 August 2019 | viewed 56,049 times

    Germany is going through a remarkable transformation from a fossil fuel-based economy towards a sustainable energy infrastructure dominated by wind and solar power. Although the…

  • An Unusual Development In Natural Gas Markets

    Published 27 July 2019 | viewed 40,320 times

    Despite the growing importance of environmentalism and the public scrutiny concerning the fossil fuel industry, natural gas has maintained its importance in the global energy…

  • Turkey Pushes Regional Tensions To Breaking Point

    Published 24 July 2019 | viewed 9,040 times

    Turkey’s geography has been a blessing to the country's strategic value. After the Second World War, the U.S. moved quickly to include Ankara in the…

  • Coal’s Long Goodbye

    Published 13 July 2019 | viewed 17,192 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 13,821 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 4,672 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 12,380 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 12,604 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 16,262 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 12,063 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 12,423 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 11,514 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 9,128 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 11,631 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 10,622 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…

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