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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 Africa’s Next Big Oil Frontier?

    Published 26 December 2019 | viewed 22,235 times

    Africa seems to be emerging as the prime drilling spot for the early 2020s – it is still relatively under-evaluated, would be cheaper than any…

  • Putin Makes A Move In Libya’s Oil Crescent

    Published 25 December 2019 | viewed 25,968 times

    Whenever a major oil-producing region is engulfed in prolonged warfare, speculation starts to abound regarding all the potential changes to its oil and gas policy…

  • This Large Oil Producer Is Facing A Major Refining Crisis

    Published 21 November 2019 | viewed 20,303 times

    The current state of Nigeria’s refineries might become a textbook example of why national oil companies should not combine downstream, midstream and upstream activities at…

  • This European Nation Is Planning A Complete Offshore Oil Ban

    Published 18 November 2019 | viewed 11,125 times

    Just as most of the public attention of the past weeks was turned to the US-China trade war and the possibility of an OPEC+ deal…

  • The European Gas Game Is About To Change

    Published 09 May 2019 | viewed 13,494 times

    In terms of oil and gas, post-Soviet nations are currently undergoing a consolidation phase that slowly brings back former partners that have fallen out in…

  • The Beginning Of The End For British Shale Gas

    Published 30 April 2019 | viewed 21,292 times

    Amid the ruckus of Great Britain’s reckless Brexit saga, one might not have noticed the ongoing environmental battle that could put a sudden end to…

  • The Giant Floating LNG Project You’ve Never Heard Of

    Published 17 April 2019 | viewed 20,340 times

    One of Africa’s brightest LNG prospects, Tortue FLNG is edging increasingly closer to its estimated commissioning date, 2022. It is one of the largest deepwater…

  • Turkey’s Big Nuclear Energy Ambitions

    Published 02 February 2019 | viewed 22,277 times

    Turkey’s elusive quest for harnessing nuclear energy dates back to times which most of us perceive only through the black-and-white footage of 1950s and stories…

  • The Mediterranean Pipeline Wars Are Heating Up

    Published 28 December 2018 | viewed 24,551 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 15,363 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 9,107 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 26,176 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 16,349 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 16,472 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 20,185 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 24,670 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 16,195 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 41,313 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 44,552 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 17,269 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…

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