Category Volume 3 (2014-2015)

Renewables in India: A Work in Progress

by Julie Jojo Nielen As a nation of more than 1,2 billion people, the tenth economy of the world and one of the most rapidly developing countries globally, India is becoming an increasingly important player in terms of energy. The urgency of India’s energy needs is not only underlined by its rapid economic growth and […]

Iran versus Russia: Perspectives of Competition in the European Gas Market

by Dimitri Papamichaïl In July 2015, negotiators from the P5+1 group (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) reached a deal with Iran, in which Iran would halt its nuclear research in exchange for the lifting the economic sanctions. At the margin of P5+1 negotiations (five permanent members of the UN Security […]

TAPI Pipeline: Why It Should Remain Just a Pipedream

by Giovanni Pagotto On March 15, 2015 in occasion of a dedicated intergovernmental meeting in Kabul, the negotiations over the construction of TAPI (a gas pipeline passing through the territories of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) removed significant hindrances towards the implementation of the project. According to Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on […]

Russia-China Gas Deal is a Win/Win

by Jerry Byers July 1, 2015 There is a plethora of debate about the winners and losers in the recent finalization of the Russia-China gas deal. Most of the rhetoric focuses on the seemingly unavoidable trade-off in which Russia has been forced to accept a less than advantageous deal with China and has sacrificed its […]

Klaipeda LNG: destined for exports?

by Sean Berwald (@scbenergy) Klaipeda LNG, Lithuania’s floating import terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG), has been hailed as a successful project to increase the energy security, diversity, and independence of Lithuanian energy. However, the project has come in a time of limited market diversity, with Russian gas still exporting over 75% of the natural […]

ENERPO Energy Economy Series: The Philippines

by Joe Ralbovsky We here at the ENERPO Journal are excited to introduce the very first installment of our Energy Economies Series – a segment in which ENERPO authors explore the foremost challenges and opportunities of today – and the strategies governments or organizations are employing to make the most of them. Each entry will […]

Workshop Review: Davide Tabarelli – Italian Energy Security and the Missing South Stream

by Filippo Verdolini On October 3rd the European University of Saint Petersburg hosted a prestigious round table discussion. The main topic was energy security, specifically “Pan-European Energy Security in the Post-Ukraine Crisis: Future Scenarios and Possible Solutions”. Experts from different countries and with different backgrounds were invited. Divergent points of views and interests were shared […]

Estonia’s First LNG Terminal. What Can the Country Learn from Lithuania’s Experience with LNG at Klaipeda?

by Vreni Veskimägi The recent rush in Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas´ willingness to agree on the construction of the first Estonian LNG terminal on poor terms and expertise is a politically motivated decision and should not be called the success for Estonians that some politicians claim it to be. The Estonian Prime Minister reported after meeting […]

Market Capture: China’s Energy Relationship with Turkmenistan

by Ryan McKinley China’s energy security has become predicated on its ability to secure cheap hydrocarbon imports. This is because China relies on cheap, reliable fuels to keep its manufacturing sector competitive and the lights on for a staggeringly large population. While domestically produced coal has historically played the largest role in in China’s electricity […]

Stalled Negotiations on South Stream – Addressing Fears of More Russian Gas

by Nicholas Watt As the European Union heralds in new leadership with Jean-Claude Juncker replacing former Commissioner Jose Barroso, it is an appropriate time to review the considerations from the EU and US that have gone into halting progress of Russia’s South Stream pipeline, as well as to highlight developments in Europe’s gas market that […]