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Viktor Katona

Contributor since: 20 Feb 2017

Viktor Katona

Viktor Katona is an Group Physical Trader at MOL Group and Expert at the Russian International Affairs Council, currently based in Budapest.

Disclaimer: views set out in Viktor's articles are solely those of the author in his private capacity.

Latest articles from Viktor

  • The Mediterranean Pipeline Wars Are Heating Up

    Published 28 December 2018 | viewed 13,637 times

    Things have been quite active in the Eastern Mediterranean lately, with Israel, Cyprus and Greece pushing forward for the realization of the EastMed pipeline, a…

  • The Battle To Control Russia’s Pipelines

    Published 27 December 2018 | viewed 9,282 times

    For much of 2018, the internal situation of Russia’s oil market was remarkably peaceful – no hostile takeovers and no overt antagonization. To a significant…

  • Gazprom’s Next Big Bet On European Gas Markets

    Published 04 December 2018 | viewed 6,282 times

    Amid an inimical international situation, an economy that was bound to recover, but does so rather unconvincingly and a tense domestic atmosphere, Russia continues the…

  • The Next Offshore Boom: Is Senegal The New Guyana?

    Published 12 November 2018 | viewed 12,844 times

    I know what you think – such a headline is quite reckless given that Guyana has not produced any oil so far and it is…

  • Can Angola Overhaul Its Struggling Oil Industry?

    Published 29 October 2018 | viewed 8,565 times

    It is quite rare for African national oil companies (NOCs) to liberalize, especially in countries that are heavily dependent on oil revenues. Yet Angola, whose…

  • This Giant Gas Field Is Rising From The Dead

    Published 15 October 2018 | viewed 11,585 times

    Russia has really warmed up to the idea of becoming a competitive player on the LNG market, as we have established several times, largely thanks…

  • Who Will Save Ukraine’s Dying Refineries?

    Published 01 October 2018 | viewed 8,600 times

    Ever since war broke out in Eastern Ukraine, the energy industry has been guessing what will happen to Ukraine’s gas transit and its transmission system.…

  • Schlumberger To Buy Russia's Leading Drilling Company

    Published 25 September 2018 | viewed 16,522 times

    The past four years have been a 21st century low point for Western foreign investment in Russia, with sanctions, unlawful trade practices and ceaseless wars…

  • Here’s What’s Next For Russian LNG

    Published 22 September 2018 | viewed 11,881 times

    A mere two years ago Russia had just one LNG project and one could rarely read about it in media outlets. With Yamal LNG, however,…

  • The Altay Pipeline: A Geopolitical Game Changer

    Published 17 September 2018 | viewed 31,302 times

    It is a matter of common knowledge that energy relations between Russia and China have boomed in the past decade, with all sorts of new…

  • How Iran Plans To Bypass The World’s Main Oil Chokepoint

    Published 09 September 2018 | viewed 34,132 times

    Iran Tries to Bypass the Hormuz Strait Global markets have recently gone into overdrive in anticipation of the US-Iran standoff’s outcome. President Trump is building…

  • The Start Of Saudi Arabia’s Power Play

    Published 09 September 2018 | viewed 14,470 times

    As oil markets come to the end of a surprisingly bearish week, we take a look at all the key stories and figures in the…

  • Why Algeria’s Oil Sector Isn’t Booming

    Published 06 September 2018 | viewed 18,790 times

    Algeria has survived the decade of political turmoil, with Arab Spring revolutions subverting authoritarian leaders across the Maghreb, largely unscathed. Popular unrest was swiftly quelled…

  • Is This The Riskiest Oil Frontier In The World?

    Published 05 September 2018 | viewed 11,206 times

    Seven years after South Sudan became independent, leaving behind a sanguinary civil war, it finally reached the point where it places its bets on development…

  • Can France Move Away From Nuclear Energy?

    Published 02 September 2018 | viewed 22,158 times

    For a long time, it seemed that France, Europe’s leading nuclear power producer, will seek to decrease the share of nuclear in its energy matrix.…

  • Is Renewable Energy As Clean As We Think?

    Published 23 August 2018 | viewed 37,307 times

    Fossil fuel energy has understandably become the clay pigeon of environmentalists in the past decades – with oil & gas companies having lied too often…

  • Deciphering The New Caspian Agreement

    Published 13 August 2018 | viewed 8,728 times

    It took more than 20 years for littoral states of the Caspian Sea to reach an agreement that would lay the legal foundations for the…

  • Who Profits From Iran’s Oil Major Exodus?

    Published 12 August 2018 | viewed 15,095 times

    Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal and slap sanctions on Teheran is the most significant energy development of 2018. The first round…

  • Is This Europe’s Newest Oil & Gas Producer?

    Published 08 August 2018 | viewed 15,663 times

    Few countries have a hydrocarbon history as difficult and convoluted as Portugal. It has lost its colonies just as Angola’s oil production was on the…

  • The Weirdest Oil Lawsuit Of 2018

    Published 06 August 2018 | viewed 10,047 times

    Rosneft has been rocking the Russian oil sector for quite some time already – first it acquired several domestic assets, in some cases bordering on…

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