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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

  • Russia’s Largest Coal Mine Gets Unexpected New Owner

    Published 05 August 2020 | viewed 13,055 times

    It might not be a secret to anyone that Russia’s coal industry has been pivoting towards Asia – domestic utilization of the country’s vast coal…

  • South Sudan Struggles To Boost Its Oil Production

    Published 03 August 2020 | viewed 22,273 times

    The youngest internationally recognized nation on earth, South Sudan’s relationship with its oil and gas reserves has been troubled and ambivalent – ever since its…

  • Is Turkey Drilling For Oil & Gas In The Wrong Sea?

    Published 02 August 2020 | viewed 29,140 times

    Whilst most of European media have narrowed down the deterioration in EU-Turkey relations to the issues of the “refurbished” Hagia Sophia and the protracted Libyan…

  • Controversial Russian-Built Nuclear Plant To Start Up In Belarus

    Published 01 August 2020 | viewed 15,804 times

    Nowadays it is not very frequent that one would hear of a new nuclear project coming onstream in Europe. Perhaps unsurprisingly the Old Continent’s forthcoming…

  • Is This The World’s Riskiest Oil Frontier?

    Published 23 July 2020 | viewed 10,151 times

    Somalia’s government has announced that it would hold its first-ever offshore licensing round this August, marking the starting point of Africa’s perhaps most adventurous oil…

  • Israel Moves To Capitalize On Massive Gas Reserves

    Published 21 July 2020 | viewed 9,688 times

    The 2020 gas price crunch has substantially cooled down the hype around the Eastern Mediterranean’s recent discoveries in Egypt, Israel and Cyprus. Israel was the…

  • Ireland Considers A Full Ban On Offshore Oil & Gas Drilling

    Published 16 July 2020 | viewed 27,452 times

    Europe has remained in the global forefront when it comes to willingly ceasing hydrocarbon exploration and extraction, fueled by a tangible political intent to make…

  • Norway Eager To Boost Domestic Offshore Oil Investment

    Published 15 July 2020 | viewed 11,567 times

    Anxious and unsure as to when exactly will the COVID-induced recession come to an end, both current and future oil-producing nations have been having quite…

  • The Race To Complete The World’s Most Controversial Pipeline

    Published 14 July 2020 | viewed 24,449 times

    It all started when leading European politicians, towering amongst them the German chancellor Angela Merkel, openly criticized the extraterritorial nature of U.S. sanctions against Nord…

  • Will Argentina's Oil Industry Survive This Crisis?

    Published 06 July 2020 | viewed 11,614 times

    Throughout the 2010s Argentina’s shale deposits were universally listed alongside the US shale gale, denoting the many similarities Vaca Muerta shares with Eagle Ford in particular and Texas’…

  • 5 Signs That Record Oil Imports From China Won’t Last

    Published 05 July 2020 | viewed 23,528 times

    The recent turnaround in oil market sentiment was to a large extent due to China showing signs of demand recovering back to normalcy. May 2020…

  • Moscow Backs Russia's Fastest Moving Energy Company

    Published 04 July 2020 | viewed 20,266 times

    The COVID-induced recession that has brought oil and gas prices down to levels that are painful enough for most if not all major producers. In…

  • Covid-19 Is Crushing This African Oil Exporter

    Published 01 July 2020 | viewed 14,342 times

    Stuck midway in reforming its energy sector by chopping down unnecessary assets and optimizing the national NOC’s role vis-à-vis the government, Angola has endured a…

  • Suppliers Fight For Dominance In This Crucial Gas Market

    Published 29 June 2020 | viewed 14,452 times

    Europe’s Mediterranean region is emerging as Europe’s main front of commercial rivalry – natural gas producers that rely on pipeline supplies and utilize primarily oil-indexed…

  • The Newest Battlefield In The European Gas War

    Published 20 June 2020 | viewed 26,205 times

    Across the planet LNG prices in May-June 2020 have dropped to unprecedentedly low levels – landed seaborne prices still remain below $2 per MMBtu, compelling…

  • The Oil Nation Aiming To Emulate Guyana's Success

    Published 20 June 2020 | viewed 36,903 times

    Paths to economic development might vary, ranging all the way from ruthless dictatorships hewing their way with an iron fist to established democracies laboring towards…

  • New U.S. Sanctions Unlikely To Derail Nord Stream 2

    Published 14 June 2020 | viewed 25,265 times

    It is difficult to surprise anyone in today’s world with another set of sanction-slapping. A bipartisan group of US senators has expressed its intent to…

  • The Tiny Island Nation That Can’t Get It’s Natural Gas Boom Going

    Published 11 June 2020 | viewed 16,577 times

    The Eastern Mediterranean was one of Europe’s most closely followed drilling regions – for many years leading European politicians have espoused the idea of connecting…

  • Can Yemen’s Oil Industry Make A Comeback?

    Published 02 June 2020 | viewed 18,504 times

    The coronavirus pandemic has dealt an immense blow to businesses and nations all around the planet, yet there is one specific sphere where it might…

  • Is Lebanon’s Natural Gas Boom Dead In The Water?

    Published 30 May 2020 | viewed 29,329 times

    Is Lebanon’s Natural Gas Boom Dead In The Water?   Description: Absent any discovery thus far, there has been little talk as to what to…

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