Monthly Archives: December 2013

Greenpeace in the Russian Arctic: Environment vs. Oil Drilling

by Koen van Delft and Katherine Bennett On September 18, 2013, Greenpeace International sailed into the Pechora Sea in the Arctic under the Dutch flag on the Arctic Sunshine to protest the Russian oil giant, Gazprom Neft’s Prirazlomnaya oil rig. Greenpeace aims to stop the world’s first oil from being produced in these ice-filled Arctic […]

Five Years on from the 2009 Gas Dispute: Are Russia and Ukraine any Closer to a Stable Arrangement?

by Dr. Jack D. Sharples Another winter is upon us, and once again, observers are left shaking their heads as another potential Russia-Ukraine gas dispute appears to have been narrowly averted. As we approach the fifth anniversary of the much-publicised Russia-Ukraine gas dispute of January 2009, it is time to take stock and ask ourselves; […]

Why is South Stream Being Built? It’s Not Just Geopolitics

by Nicholas Watt Almost exactly one year ago in the southern Russian city of Anapa, Vladimir Putin, in an auditorium filled with energy company executives and high-ranking international government officials, launched construction of the South Stream pipeline. Projected onto a giant screen directly behind the Russian president was live footage of the welding of the […]

Black Gold, Economic Flowering, and Ethnic Tensions – Hydrocarbon Exploration and Export in Northern Iraq

by Andrea Seffens Cradled between distant mountain ranges and vast oil fields, a fresh capital hums like a young Dubai, as students and businessmen stroll about modern buildings built with the revenues brought by the black gold that rests beneath Kurdish Iraq. Growing oil profits and increased international investment in the region have facilitated a […]

Workshop Review: Vladimir Milov – Greater Role of State in Russian Energy is Not Good for Russia

by Tsvetalin Radev and Koen van Delft “The behavior displayed by the state was surprising; they unannounced a big U-turn and regained control over the industry, with re-nationalizing assets, and increasing its role in regulation, planning, and investments. This almost immediately led to diminishing hopes for higher share of FDI in the energy sector. The […]