Sunday, May 19, 2019

Tag: Caspian Sea

Foolish Greece Now Joins NATO Gas War

Only eighteen months ago prospects for a major southern Europe natural gas pipeline from Russian gas fields across the Black Sea, into Turkey and on to the Greek-Turkish border was in negotiation between Russian President Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan. Turkish Stream as it was called, was proposed in talks...

Greek Pipeline Breakthrough To Challenge Russian Gas Dominance

After years of debate, political jockeying and acrimony, a major pipeline project to bring natural gas to Southern Europe has broken ground. The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will connect the Caspian Sea to European markets, providing Europe with another large source of natural gas that will help the continent diversify away...

Iran Links to Eurasia with Persian Canal

With the US and EU economic sanctions gone, it’s becoming clear that Iran today wants to build not destroy as the West seems hell-bent to do. The latest is announcement that Teheran has decided to proceed with a major infrastructure project which will take perhaps a decade to complete—an...

EU Messes up in Balkan Gas Geopolitics

In their determination to bypass their dependency on Russian natural gas, the bureaucrats of Brussels have approved construction of a trans-Adriatic gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Greece. It looks workable on paper. There’s only one problem. It isn’t. It’s the latest move in the self-defeating EU pipeline war with...

Changing Tides: Russia’s Growing Stronghold in the Black Sea

Just two years ago, when Russia annexed Crimea, NATO saw its tenuous, 25-year-long attempt to forge a partnership with the Eastern power dissolve overnight. Since then, to respond to Europe’s dangerous new security climate, NATO has looked to the Baltic states, where Russia has upped the game through air...

Economy and Sanctions Derail Russia’s Central Asian Investments

After years of embarking on promising forays into Central Asia’s economy, Russia is being forced to pare back its ambitions. The starkest retreat of Russian money is seen in Kyrgyzstan, whose parliament voted overwhelmingly last week to cancel a deal with Russian companies to build two major hydropower facilities. The...

Why TANAP/TAP a better alternative than Turkish Stream

The Trans Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), being realized within the Southern Gas Corridor project, aimed at the the transportation of the Caspian gas to Europe, provide a better alternative than Russia’s Turkish Stream project, Ariel Cohen, Nonresident Senior Research Fellow at the Atlantic...

Turkey Hunts for Alternatives to Russian Energy

With Russian-Turkish relations bottoming out after Turkey’s downing of a Russian military jet last November, Ankara is scrambling to reduce its dependency on Russian gas. But the help it needs from post-Soviet energy producers may not be swift in coming. The Caspian Sea state of Azerbaijan, Turkey’s closest ally in...

Surging Liquefied Natural Gas Trade

The EU's move toward a freer energy market and a global shift toward gas by climate-conscious consumers are likely to help fuel growing demand for US liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the coming years, Senior Fellow and former leading CIA analyst Bud Coote writes in Surging Liquefied Natural Gas...

Trans Caspian Pipeline project requires effective Russian diplomacy

Trans Caspian Pipeline project requires an effective diplomatic approach to Russia that would encourage Moscow to acquiesce to the supply of Turkmen gas to Europe, Dr. Micha’el Tanchum, a non-resident senior fellow with the Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative and Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council believes. Tanchum told Trend...

Turkish-ISIL Oil Trade: Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Russia All Accuse Turkey of Smuggling Oil

Because of the Turkish government’s role in the multi-spectrum US-led war against the Syrian Arab Republic, a war of words has ignited between Ankara and Moscow. Russia, however, is not alone in accusing Turkey of being involved in the theft of Syrian and Iraqi oil. Turkish opposition politicians, Turkish...

Trans Adriatic Pipeline gains new shareholder

Snam S.p.A. (Snam) will become a shareholder in Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG by acquiring a 20 per cent stake in the project from Statoil. The news follows Statoil’s announcement that it has agreed to sell its shareholding in TAP, by which it will divest its 20 per cent interest stake...

More Russian oil drilling shows its resolve to OPEC

MOSCOW, Russian oil firms are drilling more, showing the world's top crude producer is ready for a longer fight for market share with OPEC, as its industry can carry on even if oil prices reach $35 per barrel. As OPEC prepares to meet on Friday in Vienna, Russia is sending...

Developing a Western Energy Strategy for the Black Sea Region and Beyond

In Developing a Western Energy Strategy for the Black Sea Region and Beyond, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and Global Energy Center Ariel Cohen addresses the urgent need for a European policy on Black Sea energy following Russia's annexation of Crimea. Dr. Cohen, himself...

Putin’s Gas Attack: Is Russia Just in Syria for the Pipelines?

Russia's belligerence in Syria has renewed debates about Russian motives. James Nixey, head of the Russia and Eurasia Program at Chatham House, and Xenia Wickett, project director for the United States at Chatham House, probably put it best in their recent article: “Why, ‘logically’, would a country buckling under...

Turkey’s Self-Interest Will Ultimately Shape Global Energy Flows

Turkey sits at the crossroads between east and west. This has been a strategic advantage throughout its history, but even in the modern world, Turkey still sees an enormous benefit from being the gateway between Europe, Central Asia, and the energy-rich Middle East. Right now, Russia is racing against Caspian...

EIA: Turkey – International Energy Data and Analysis

Turkey is an increasingly important transit hub for oil and natural gas supplies as they move from Central Asia, Russia, and the Middle East to Europe and other Atlantic markets. Turkey is well placed to serve as a hub for oil and natural gas supply headed to Europe and other...

The Geopolitics of American Global Decline

Washington Versus China in the Twenty-First Century. For even the greatest of empires, geography is often destiny. You wouldn’t know it in Washington, though. America's political, national security, and foreign policy elites continue to ignore the basics of geopolitics that have shaped the fate of world empires for the past...

Serbian PM Expresses Readiness to Reduce Country’s Dependence on Russian Gas

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic expressed readiness to reduce his country's dependence on Russian gas. Vucic said this in an interview during the first day of his visit to Albania on Wednesday and Thursday, B92 reports. Accoridng to media reports, under pressure from Washington the Serbian PM was ready to support...

The Lapis Lazuli Eurasian Corridor and the Central Asia, South Asia Electricity Transmission and...

Color Revolutions? The US State Department’s “Hoagland-Blinken Doctrine” Is Washington’s Plan For Central Asia By Andrew Korybko, April 14, 2015 The first part of the article examined the US’ stated goals in Central Asia, its geopolitical jealousy of Russia and China for their successes there, and the Color Revolution infrastructure that it’s...

SOCAR to Work on Feasibility Study for Albania’s Gasification Master Plan

Azerbaijan and Albania will set up a special working group for preparation of the feasibility study for the master plan for developing Albania’s gas market, SOCAR said in a statement. Two sides discussed the future development of Albania’s gas market and distribution system at the recent meeting in the capital...

Iran Seeking Role In Selling Gas To Europe

Russia, beware, Iran is trying to get into the European gas market. In recent months, Iranian officials have been signaling to potential customers in Europe, potential suppliers in the Caspian Basin, and transit country Turkey that Iran is not only ready to get into the game but that without Iranian...

Can the Trans-Caspian Route deliver the next freight revolution?

The implementation of an upcoming multimodal transport route has the potential to shift the power dynamics in global freight. Initiated by the governments of China, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route aims to reinvigorate foreign trade and cargo transportation between China and Europe, via Central Asia and...

Ukraine crisis spurs East Mediterranean gas hopes

ATHENS, Europe's scramble for alternatives to Russian fuel as the crisis over energy transit state Ukraine rages has revived hopes that East Mediterranean gas can be shipped into the European Union. Policymakers have even gone as far as to hope new gas routes could help to end years of bitter...

Greece tender to assess pipeline for Cypriot and Israeli gas

Greece launched an international tender on Monday for a study to assess the feasibility of a proposed pipeline to transmit gas from Israel and Cyprus in an effort to reduce dependence on Russian supplies. The Eastern Mediterranean Pipeline is designed to initially carry 8 billion cubic meters a year of...

Shah Deniz makes final investment decision

The Shah Deniz consortium today announced the final investment decision (FID) for the Stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz gas field in the Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan. This decision triggers plans to expand the South Caucasus Pipeline through Azerbaijan and Georgia, to construct the Trans Anatolian Gas Pipeline...

Selection of Pipeline Route for the Southern Gas Corridor

U.S. State Department Press Statement Patrick Ventrell Acting Deputy Spokesperson, Office of Press Relations Washington, DC June 28, 2013 Today, the consortium developing Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz gas field announced its selection of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to deliver its gas to Europe. This is a major accomplishment for Azerbaijan and a major step forward in...

Syria’s transit future: all pipelines lead to Damascus?

Between the rise of Hafez al-Assad in 1971 and the crisis engulfing his son’s government today, the Syrian energy sector seems to have come full circle. An oil importer in the 1950s and 60s with little production of its own, Syria became a net exporter of oil by the 1980s;...

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