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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

  • A Silver Lining For Kazakhstan Oil In 2020

    Published 03 January 2021 | viewed 1,794 times

    The Karachaganak saga has become one of the poster children of the oil-producing post-Soviet nations’ sea change in how they perceive themselves and their place…

  • Australia’s Oil Bonanza Is Being Postponed

    Published 02 January 2021 | viewed 1,191 times

    The coronavirus pandemic has already taken way too many hostages in the world of oil and gas – countless are the projects put on hold…

  • How Angola Can Keep Its Oil Production From Falling

    Published 29 December 2020 | viewed 4,837 times

    There seems to be a point of saturation when it comes to assessing Angola’s crude exports for the upcoming months – beyond a certain point…

  • Russia’s Largest Oil Company Is Spinning Off Key Assets

    Published 20 December 2020 | viewed 8,237 times

    Proverbs tell us a great deal about how a views the same phenomenon. Brits would say that necessity is the mother of invention whilst many…

  • This Tiny Island Group Could Soon Become An Oil Producer

    Published 19 December 2020 | viewed 12,581 times

    Protracted economic crises always challenge the forbearance of governments and militaries across the world when it comes to border disputes, be they maritime or onshore.…

  • What's Driving The Energy Feud Between China And Australia?

    Published 19 December 2020 | viewed 11,506 times

    It all started as an ordinary geopolitical spat. When Australian authorities called for an official inquiry into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, few could…

  • Middle East Oil Prices Rise As Asian Demand Recovers

    Published 13 December 2020 | viewed 10,905 times

    As the United States and Europe falter under the weight of ever-increasing coronavirus cases and a general lull in markets, the health of the Asian…

  • Why Is Denmark Ditching Natural Gas?

    Published 08 December 2020 | viewed 13,212 times

    Denmark’s announcement that it would stop offering exploration licenses came down on the European oil and gas sector like a bolt from the blue. Not…

  • The End Of The Century-Old Black Sea Drilling Dream

    Published 29 November 2020 | viewed 13,245 times

    There is a long history of drilling for hydrocarbons in the Black Sea. After all, oil-rich Azerbaijan, and the Caspian region in general, was one…

  • This Century-Old Refinery Is Up For Sale

    Published 27 November 2020 | viewed 23,069 times

    Each and every market recession seems to resurrect intense speculation that such and such underperforming refinery would need to be closed down for good as…

  • Low Oil Prices Could Finally Bring Iraq And Kurdistan Together

    Published 27 November 2020 | viewed 3,977 times

    The relationship between Baghdad and Erbil has been strained ever since Iraq managed to eliminate the threat of the Islamic State. Both sides perceive the…

  • Has Asia Lost Interest In North Sea Oil?

    Published 24 November 2020 | viewed 3,790 times

    In a year that has been destructive for the global oil and gas industry, there are now worrying signs that North Sea producers may be…

  • Russia's Relentless Quest For Arctic Oil

    Published 23 November 2020 | viewed 2,911 times

    Oftentimes the most interesting and challenging moments in life come when you least need them. Nowhere is it truer than with Russia’s eternal uphill battle…

  • Sudan’s Oil Industry Could Recover After Being Removed From U.S. Terror List

    Published 23 November 2020 | viewed 3,485 times

    In late October, as the world was transfixed by the final U.S. Presidential debate, U.S. authorities removed Sudan from the list of state sponsors of…

  • Will Japan Ever Reboot Its Nuclear Industry?

    Published 14 November 2020 | viewed 5,874 times

    Nearly a decade following the Fukushima Daiichi 2011 nuclear disaster, Japan is trying to reassess its energy prospects. One of the most energy dependent economies…

  • Iraq's Latest Attempt To Corner Asian Oil Markets

    Published 13 November 2020 | viewed 3,518 times

    Every new crisis is a formidable opportunity to try new things, oftentimes merely to have another go with methods that have failed in the past…

  • Can Asia Continue Its Crude Oil Buying Spree?

    Published 12 November 2020 | viewed 2,925 times

    With Europe and North America falling ever deeper into the quagmire of second-wave coronavirus lockdowns and curfews, caution has become the universal buzzword. In Asia,…

  • Is This The World's Riskiest Oil Play?

    Published 11 November 2020 | viewed 4,101 times

    Much of the 2020 media discussion has recently been taken over by the prospects of crude demand never really recovering from the ongoing pandemic-induced market…

  • Why Is Russian Oil So Expensive?

    Published 02 November 2020 | viewed 8,030 times

    The prospect of a 2nd coronavirus wave and consequent demand slump is putting substantial downward pressure on crudes in Europe. Differentials are weakening as most…

  • Bolivia May Boost Energy Exports Under New Government

    Published 02 November 2020 | viewed 2,191 times

    Within less than 12 months Bolivia has managed to come full circle. First Evo Morales resigned as President of Bolivia in November 2019 amidst widespread…

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