Monthly Archives: September 2016

Five Questions About Nord Stream 2 – Opinion

This opinion piece by Henrik Vorloeper is part of our upcoming ENERPO Journal edition.

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Natural Gas in Israel’s Relations with Turkey and the EU

By Timothy Abraham In a region where energy resources can be found in masses, both Turkey and Israel have been mostly reliant on imports. For this reason, energy has never really played a major role in the relationship between these two countries. This might change after the discovery of major gas fields off the coast […]

Russia and Saudi Arabia Stabilizing the Oil Market: A Prisoner’s Dilemma?

by Daniel Tsvetanov During the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, the Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and the Saudi Arabia Minister of Energy, Industry and Natural Resources Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Falih signed a joint declaration for the stabilization of the oil market. Novak and Al Falih agreed on joint measures and steps, recognizing the […]

Week in Review September 12 – 18

Photo by Jerry Mathes III Patrick Osborne, Daniel Tsvetanov, Bogdan Polishchuk, Alexander Geysman, Timothy Abraham, Glenda Pavon Suriel ExxonMobil: Asset Valuation Reporting Standards In the oil and gas industry, many companies have gone through reductions in assets values over the past two years; this normally was accompanied by non-cash charges (expenses that reduce earnings but […]

What if I drive an Electric Car in Saint Petersburg?

by Irina Mironova (photo: Tesla Model S) Last Sunday, September 11, I started the academic year by giving a lecture at the EUSP Orientation Weekend. I had to tell freshmen about electric cars and their future role in the energy system. One of the most important questions here is whether electric cars can ever cut […]

The Week in Review September 5 – 12

by Sophie Nguebana, Daniel Tsvetanov, Patrick Osborne, Alberto Perego, Alexander Geysman, Timothy Abraham – Featured photo by Jerry Mathes III Egypt to Use Gas from Cyprus In the end of August, Cyprus and Egypt signed an agreement, under which natural gas from offshore fields located in Cyprus will be supplied to Egypt. The agreement (which […]

The Nature of Product Sharing Agreements in Azerbaijan

By Fatma Babayeva This article discusses the main concepts of Azerbaijan’s Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs), which regulate the legal, commercial, and fiscal relationships between the government of Azerbaijan and International Oil Companies (IOCs). It explores the reasons behind Azerbaijan’s preference of this type of contractual arrangement, the historical setup for PSA contracts within the country, […]

Mehdi Sanaei, Iranian Ambassador to Russia, Visits EUSP

by Zachary Waller, Gevorg Avetikyan Abstract: Iranian ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei visited EUSP and spoke about the long history of Russian-Iranian relations. The ambassador covered topics including the multipolar world, the different dimensions of the Russian-Iranian relationship, and, of course, sanctions – both against Iran and against Russia. After covering the topics he wanted to […]

Putin at COP21 and the Disproportionate Reaction by the West

By Michael Roh Abstract Russia, the country with the largest natural gas reserves in the world, is notably one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters. Therefore, its participation is crucial to the legitimacy of any international climate change agreement. At the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Paris, referred to as COP21, […]

The Benefits and Obstacles Facing Possible Chinese Accession to the ECT

By Lina Nagell Abstract This paper addresses two main questions. The first asks what the benefits to China are in joining the ECT, the second whether the One Belt, One Road Initiative will accelerate the country’s accession to the treaty. The paper finds that the main benefits facing Chinese accession to the ECT are: (1) […]