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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

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

    Published 18 October 2020 | viewed 10,820 times

    When Michelangelo Merisi (also known as Caravaggio) left continental Italy for Malta in 1607 to escape the ramifications of a lethal sword fight, little did…

  • Sanctioned Belarus Moves Closer To Russia As Crisis Continues

    Published 17 October 2020 | viewed 4,046 times

    Belarus is slowly entering the third month of consecutive protests and there is very little indication that either of the sides is ready to let…

  • Oil Giants Play It Cool As World’s Largest Crude Market Recovers

    Published 15 October 2020 | viewed 10,663 times

    The Asian market has moved into a state of cautious expectation. Although October is still only halfway through, one can state with a great degree…

  • 5 Reasons To Doubt The Turkish Giant Gas Discovery

    Published 13 October 2020 | viewed 4,761 times

    A little more than a month ago Turkey has victoriously announced that the Tuna-1 wildcat, drilled to a total depth of 4525 metres, has discovered…

  • Is Venezuela’s Oil Production Poised For A Comeback?

    Published 04 October 2020 | viewed 8,007 times

    The flow of positive news regarding the future of PDVSA, Venezuela’s national oil company and cash cow, has been almost non-existent since February 2018. Rightly…

  • Russia Plans To Revamp Its Oil Tax Policy

    Published 03 October 2020 | viewed 5,132 times

    Constrained by the OPEC+ production cuts and the necessity to balance its 2020 federal budget, Russia has started to play with one of the most…

  • Mexico’s Crude Oil Future Is In Jeopardy

    Published 27 September 2020 | viewed 12,714 times

    The attentive reader might have come across numerous articles about Mexico’s numerous discoveries in the past months. Heavily indebted, mired in a myriad of corruption…

  • Can Algeria Keep Its Oil Exports From Falling Further?

    Published 26 September 2020 | viewed 5,494 times

    Algeria has struggled to keep up with its manifold challenges throughout this year – still trying to clear the rubble of the Bouteflika regime, it…

  • Will New Zealand Close Its Last Oil Refinery?

    Published 24 September 2020 | viewed 7,543 times

    The 2nd wave of COVID-19/20 becoming an irreversible part of our reality, the global downstream sector has started to assess the damage done so far…

  • The World's Most Expensive Crudes Sell At Record-Breaking Premiums

    Published 21 September 2020 | viewed 21,545 times

    Despite being only 9 months in, this year has provided us with a rollercoaster of developments on the oil market and upended the market’s usual…

  • Russia Could Get Forced Out Of Africa's Hottest Offshore Oil Play

    Published 12 September 2020 | viewed 8,356 times

    Times are tough for Russian oil companies. In the post-Crimean era where sanctions have become the new normal, oil prices above 40-45 per barrel have…

  • Is This South America’s Next Oil Drilling Hotspot?

    Published 10 September 2020 | viewed 3,223 times

    The oil industry in South America is in sever need of positive stimuli – the Argentinian shale wonder has just survived a near-collapse of its…

  • UAE’s Nuclear Power Pivot Comes At A High Cost

    Published 09 September 2020 | viewed 7,468 times

    The United Arab Emirates have just become the first Arab nation to operate a nuclear plant as its 5.6GW Barakah nuclear plant achieved criticality on…

  • Russian Fuel Oil Is A Hit In The U.S.

    Published 08 September 2020 | viewed 7,254 times

    The issue of US-Russia energy ties has been enjoying a bit of media spotlight as President Trump accused Democrats in New England of purchasing Russian…

  • Iraq Struggles To Restart Damaged Refineries

    Published 31 August 2020 | viewed 6,087 times

    Still struggling to overcome the draining consequences of almost ceaseless conflict and political haggling, Iraq has nevertheless managed to overcome the worst of the 2020…

  • Can Peru’s Oil Industry Survive This Crisis?

    Published 24 August 2020 | viewed 1,507 times

    Indigenous protests have taken over Peru, threatening to undermine the Latin American nation’s burgeoning upstream industry. To many it would come as a surprise that…

  • Europe’s Biggest Coal Nation Could Soon Go Nuclear

    Published 20 August 2020 | viewed 4,876 times

    Every severe economic crisis shakes the basic foundations of seemingly mainstream policies and ideas and makes one wonder whether the recession’s impact could have been…

  • Is This The Next Major Market For Russian LNG?

    Published 17 August 2020 | viewed 4,698 times

    Russia’s ambitious LNG plans have so far based on two producing assets – the Gazprom-operated Sakhalin LNG and the NOVATEK-operated Yamal LNG. The addition of…

  • Are Oil Majors Giving Up On Guyana?

    Published 09 August 2020 | viewed 16,979 times

    Guyana has become one of the main upstream stars of the past decade, rising from zero to hero in less than 5 years. Much of…

  • Russia’s Largest Coal Mine Gets Unexpected New Owner

    Published 05 August 2020 | viewed 15,608 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…

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