Monthly Archives: March 2013

Overview of Gazprom’s Competition on Russia’s Domestic Gas Market

by Nicholas Watt After years of monopolizing the European gas market, Gazprom now finds itself on the defensive. Developments such as the highly publicized arbitration cases and billion-dollar rebates have the Russian gas giant sweating and its critics reveling. Such critics proclaim that the end is in sight for Gazprom’s age of dominance and that […]

Assessing the Conduct of Russia’s Eastern Gas Strategy

by Maurizio Recordati The visit of Xi Jinping to Moscow—the first foreign tour of the Chinese president—may have brought Moscow and Beijing closer to signing a long awaited agreement on deliveries of Russian gas to China. By the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 2006, the two countries provisionally agreed on a 68 […]

Inconsistent Application of EU Competition Law in the Gazprom vs. RWE Case

by Bram Onck On January 8th, Gazprom Export appealed at the Vienna International Arbitral Centre [VIAC] following the latter’s verdict on October 4th 2012 that ruled in favour of the Czech defendant RWE Transgas. The origins of their dispute lie in RWE Transgas’ refusal to adhere to previously agreed take-or-pay clauses in their gas import contract […]

Towards a European Energy Strategy?

by Simon Schmidt Originally written for and published in Europe & Me magazine issue 19: Energy policy has the potential to foster Europe’s role as an innovative hub for transnational cooperation, but it too often demonstrates the gaps between competing national interests. This article explores energy cooperation through the internal market, external energy security and […]

The Associated Effects of the Shale Gas Revolution

by Colin Chilcoat Natural gas flaring, a practice nearly as old as the oil industry itself, has in recent months put the remote state of North Dakota and its Bakken shale formation on the map, literally. Recently released nighttime images from NASA show the sparsely populated region to be awash in light on a scale comparable […]

Workshop Review: Vladimir Milov – The Future of Russian Energy Politics

by Joe Ralbovsky and Nicholas Watt On February 18, 2013 at European University at St. Petersburg, Russian opposition politician and energy think-tank head, Vladimir Milov, gave a presentation titled “The Future of Russian Energy Politics” to an audience of about 30 MA students and a handful of Russian energy experts. Milov’s presentation was one in […]