Energy

Moscow casts wide net in Mediterranean

 

Moscow casts wide net in Mediterranean

Feb 28,
By M K Bhadrakumar

There was a bygone era that ended a little over four years ago when it used to be said that the Kremlin used energy as a "geopolitical tool".

The threat perception propagated by cold warriors in the United States principally aimed at cautioning Europe against its rising energy dependency on Russian supplies.

Moscow was credited with the capacity to influence Western European policies with a hidden agenda to sabotage the trans-Atlantic partnership.

Meanwhile, unnoticed or unspoken, the geopolitics of energy has been transforming. The president in the White House, Barack Obama, has not wasted his breath over the Caspian energy content below

rivalries. He has no special romance with Big Oil, unlike his predecessor in the Oval Office.

Troubled Baghdad scales back oil strategy

Troubled Baghdad scales back oil strategy

by Staff Writers
Baghdad (UPI) Feb 20, 2013

 

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The brewing oil war between Iraq's central government and a defiant Kurdistan, and wider security concerns, are forcing Baghdad to downsize its ambitious plans to quadruple oil output by 2017 and challenge Saudi Arabia as the world's top producer.

Turkey defies allies to pursue Iraqi Kurd energy ties

Turkey defies allies to pursue Iraqi Kurd energy ties

by Staff Writers
Ankara (AFP) Feb 19, 2013

Turkey is defying Washington and Baghdad in developing a broad energy partnership with Iraqi Kurds as it pushes to secure affordable oil and gas supplies to fuel its rapid economic growth.

Iraq's oil rift deepens over Exxon move

Iraq's oil rift deepens over Exxon move

by Staff Writers
Erbil, Iraq (UPI) Feb 15, 2013

Exxon Mobil, the world's biggest oil company, is pushing ahead with its controversial drive to develop oil fields in Iraq's independence-minded Kurdish enclave despite fierce opposition from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's central government in Baghdad.

Russia to tap global LNG market

Russia to tap global LNG market

by Oleg Nekhai
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Feb 14, 2013

At present, LNG accounts for nearly 20% of the global gas market. Even though Russia is not among top LNG producers yet, it has the potential to improve its standing.
Russia is ramping up the production of liquefied natural gas.

The Myth of a Natural Gas OPEC

The Myth of a Natural Gas OPEC

Eldar O. Kasayev is an expert on international law and investment in the energy sector of the Middle East and North Africa. His book Qatar in the 21st Century: Today’s Tendency and Prognosis of Economic Development will be released in 2013.
The press is almost silent about the activities and prospects of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), a young international organization set up to increase coordination among the world’s leading natural gas producers.

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