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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 Next Offshore Boom: Is Senegal The New Guyana?

    Published 12 November 2018 | viewed 10,139 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 7,504 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 10,936 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 7,695 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 15,344 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 10,813 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 29,831 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 33,137 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 13,982 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 17,387 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 10,732 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 18,247 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 35,718 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 8,136 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 14,392 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 14,732 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 9,566 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…

  • Is This The Next Coal Megaproject?

    Published 24 July 2018 | viewed 13,547 times

    Some 80km from the Chinese border, the tiny Russian village of Yerkovtsy might provide the setting for a new Russo-Chinese megaproject. The 38 BCm/year Power…

  • Ukraine’s Natural Gas Transit Woes May Be Easing

    Published 21 July 2018 | viewed 10,586 times

    Despite significantly weakened interest towards internal political dealings in Ukraine itself, the issue of Ukraine’s gas transit remains a much-debated issue of the European energy…

  • The Last Oil & Gas Frontier Is Facing Major Challenges

    Published 18 July 2018 | viewed 9,238 times

    Upon hearing Papua New Guinea, very few us associate it with LNG – some might recall that it is one of the most heterogenous nations…

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