Category Volume 1 (2012-2013)

Workshop Review: Vladimir Drebentsov – BP Vice President on BP’s Activity in Russia

by Colin Chilcoat On April 19th, the European University at St. Petersburg had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Vladimir Drebentsov as part of the “ENERPO Workshop,” a series of lectures and presentations, in which representatives of major oil companies, government officials, and academics are invited to speak before MA students on a topic of their […]

Three Facts and a Fairytale: An Honest Account of the TAPI Pipeline Project

by Michael G. Seyer Serious discussions concerning the development of a South Asian hydrocarbon corridor began with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the introduction of newly independent, resource-endowed states to the global energy market. Newly sovereign Turkmenistan, which, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, is the 6th richest state in terms of […]

LNG: Why Can’t America Make the Export Decision?

by Lauren Bardin Most have heard there is an energy revolution going on in the United States known as the ‘shale gas revolution,’ but what does that really mean? What is shale gas? Should the US export it? What are the arguments for and against and who is making them? The answers to those questions […]

Challenges in the Russian Power Sector

by Jonathan Vasdekas Electricity is a fundamental need for any working, modern economy. Without access to electricity, businesses and citizens cannot function efficiently and effectively. Blackouts in major cities can cripple a region. Nowhere is this more profound than in Russia; the 2005 Moscow blackouts brought the city to a crawl. One approach to prevent […]

Workshop Review: Arild Moe—Russia’s Policies Concerning Energy Resources in the Arctic

by Joe Ralbovsky and Brandon Hightower The following report is based on a presentation given by Dr. Arold Moe to ENERPO students at the European University at St. Petersburg in the spring of 2013. Dr. Moe is Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (Oslo). Russia has tremendous energy resources—an important point […]

Workshop Review: Tatiana Romanova—The Future of Russia-EU Energy Relations

by Joe Ralbovsky and Jon Vasdekas In a recent interview with Dr. Romanova, we discussed the future of EU-Russian energy relations, particularly those revolving around the establishment of a single market between the two entities, and the challenges that would arise as a result of this shift. One aspect of this development can be found […]

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 […]