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Viktor Katona

Contributor since: 20 Feb 2017

Viktor Katona

Biography

Viktor Katona is an Group Physical Trader at MOL Group and Expert at the Russian International Affairs Council, currently based in Budapest.

Latest articles from Viktor

  • Russia Is Taking Over Syria’s Oil And Gas

    Published 14 February 2018 | viewed 61,435 times

    If finally happened… In accordance with an energy cooperation framework agreement signed in late January, Russia will have exclusive rights to produce oil and gas…

  • The World’s Biggest Oil Benchmark Could Change Forever

    Published 06 February 2018 | viewed 10,205 times

    For more than a month already, the Brent benchmark has been sourced from five, not four, North Sea Fields. Eleven years after Platts added Ekofisk…

  • Saudi Arabia Sets Its Eyes On Central Asia

    Published 03 February 2018 | viewed 10,033 times

    Saudi Arabia understandably attracts a lot of attention – the corruption purge jangles the nerves of the royal family, the 32-year old Mohammad bin Salman-led…

  • This World Class Gas Field Is About To Start Producing

    Published 24 January 2018 | viewed 9,895 times

    99 percent ready and poised to start this September. This is music to the ears of Azerbaijan, as well as to European technocrats intent on…

  • Nord Stream 2 Is A Game Changer For Gazprom

    Published 21 January 2018 | viewed 12,320 times

    It’s difficult to imagine an energy company that’s more hated and more closely monitored than Gazprom… Perhaps in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill,…

  • Romania Poised To Ramp Up Gas Output

    Published 14 January 2018 | viewed 9,450 times

    Do you know what unites France, Portugal, Finland, Sweden and Belgium? They all have no gas production whatsoever (interestingly, Paris is proud of it and…

  • The World’s Most Expensive Oil

    Published 09 January 2018 | viewed 29,320 times

    When asked about the most expensive oil grade out there, those working in the oil industry are caught blindsided because there’s no easy way to…

  • Heroes, Gods And Genghis Khan: Naming An Oilfield

    Published 06 January 2018 | viewed 9,304 times

    Have you ever wondered why oil and gas fields bear their respective names? How names like Dead Cow, Mad Dog or even Ekofisk came about—or…

  • Can Blockchain Bring An End To Corruption?

    Published 03 January 2018 | viewed 13,306 times

    The Roman historian Tacitus once famously quipped “the more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws”. Every year, roughly 2 percent of global GDP…

  • The Beginning Of The End For Norwegian Oil

    Published 18 December 2017 | viewed 26,522 times

    The demise of the North Sea doesn’t necessarily mean the end of Norway’s petroleum era—far from it. Still, despite significant reserves in the Barents Sea,…

  • The 'Mega' Oil Field That Will Never Boom

    Published 05 December 2017 | viewed 43,824 times

    2017 will most likely witness a continuation in the decline of conventional oil discoveries. This year has seen no major onshore discovery, pretty much all…

  • Ghana Looks To Ramp Oil Production

    Published 11 November 2017 | viewed 12,772 times

    Ghana, one of Africa’s democratic standard bearers, is a relative newcomer to the oil sector. Having surpassed oil development’s teething problems, it has remained highly…

  • Russia Unfazed By U.S. Oil Sanctions

    Published 09 November 2017 | viewed 11,996 times

    Western energy sanctions vis-à-vis Russia have become a steady phenomenon of the global oil and gas market. Most Russian oil companies don’t expect sanctions to…

  • Don’t Expect Palladium Prices To Plunge

    Published 08 November 2017 | viewed 9,115 times

    Over the past month, there has been a deluge of news heralding a new era of palladium, which has soared above the $1000 per ounce…

  • Russia’s Nuclear Sector Is Surging

    Published 10 October 2017 | viewed 12,552 times

    The nuclear sector is undergoing a massive transformation... Regions previously in the avant-garde of nuclear design and technology are losing interest on the back of…

  • The Natural Gas Giant To Challenge Israel

    Published 04 October 2017 | viewed 12,643 times

    When Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri paid a visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin mid-September, most media coverage revolved around political and military issues. Yet…

  • Russia’s Kurdish Pipeline Gamble

    Published 20 September 2017 | viewed 8,304 times

    Rarely does one see such a multi-faceted move as Rosneft declaring it will build a $1 billion pipeline bringing gas from Iraqi Kurdistan to Turkey.…

  • The World’s Largest Offshore Oil Field Is Back In Action

    Published 18 September 2017 | viewed 22,329 times

    Without much international fanfare, the world’s largest offshore oil field and the largest discovered in the last 40 years, Kazakhstan’s Kashagan Field, is on the…

  • Can Russia Develop Its Shale Reserves?

    Published 05 September 2017 | viewed 10,893 times

    Russia’s tight oil will play an increasingly important role in its oil output, underpinned by the fact that 20 percent of its current reserves already…

  • Gazprom’s Gas Dominance Grows In Europe

    Published 04 September 2017 | viewed 10,951 times

    It is doubtful that there could be a less appropriate time to increase Russian gas exports to Europe, yet that is exactly what Gazprom is…

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