Monthly Archives: March 2016

Traditional gas markets are changing in the Baltics

by Aaron Wood The Baltic States traditionally have relied solely on Russian gas, as circumstances of both geography and history have prevented them from finding other sources. However, low gas prices following the North American shale boom have made the relatively fungible and versatile LNG more available to nations in need of options. In the […]

The Week in Review (March 13 – 20)

The Monitoring Team: Aaron Wood, Pierre Jouvellier Rocket Strike. Gas infrastructure out of commission in Algeria. Algerian Gas Infrastructure Suffers Rocket Strike A Statoil and Sonatrach joint venture in Algeria suffered an as of yet unidentified rocket strike. In Sallah suffered damage to its central processing system on March 18th, although luckily no staff have […]

The Acceleration of American Energy Exports: Implications for Russia

As the U.S. started exporting oil and gas to Europe in late February, 40 years after the oil embargo imposed by the Congress, American oil and gas on the European market may have grave implications for Russia.

Mozambique: The New African Player in International Gas Market

by Pierre Jouvellier The changing structure of national energy mixes in several countries is currently giving new opportunities for natural gas exporters. For instance, with the declining oil price and the rise of environmental concerns, governments and nations are more attracted by natural gas instead of coal for power generation. Although coal and petroleum coke […]

Blog Post – Sergei Komlev of Gazprom Export Gives Presentation at EUSP

by Henrik Vorloeper Oil and gas like apples and pears On 2nd March 2016 ENERPO students of the European University at Saint Petersburg listened carefully, when Sergei Komlev, Head of Contract Structuring and Price Formation Directorate, Gazprom Export explained Gazprom’s problem in finding the right price for its gas on the markets, especially in Europe. These […]

ENERPO Workshop Series: Maxim Titov on Russia’s Position at COP21

By Michael Roh ENERPO welcomed back Maxim Titov, of the Energy Efficiency Finance Program of the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, for a three-day workshop on Russia’s position in COP21, or the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), […]

The Week in Review (March 07 – 12)

The Monitoring Team: Michael Roh, Henrik Vorloeper    The European Union Commission Holds Talks with Gazprom on Anti-trust Case The meeting on March 9th between Gazprom’s deputy chief Medvedev and the European Competition Commissioner Verstegen allegedly turned out to be “mutually acceptable” for both parties in the antitrust case imposed by the European Union against […]

Cheap Oil May Spell Trouble for Canals

by Henrik Vorloeper One of the most interesting news stories this month was published on the website, “BBC Future”, and discusses the trading industry and its return to pre-industrial shipping routes and avoiding manmade waterways like the Suez and Panama Canals by detouring around continents. This new phenomenon was explored and analyzed by the Danish SeaIntel Maritime Analysis and […]

Solar Drones Electrifying the Developing World

by Glenda Pavon-Suriel According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 620 million people in Africa still don’t have access to electricity. Many others around the world live in areas where the grid system is unreliable. In Africa, for example, investments in the electricity sector are particularly low, as are rates of electrification compared to other developing […]

The Silk Road Initiative: Leading China Towards Energy Charter Treaty Membership?

by Lina Nagell In an effort to diversify trade routes and sustain growth rates, the Chinese government presented the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative in 2013. One of the major challenges facing the ambitious project, stretching from China to Europe, Africa and Latin America, is long-term cooperation with countries bordering the route and security of investments […]