Casing Point

Igor Ossipov

After studying politics, international relations and economics for around eight years, with a heavy focus on Russia. I consider myself more than competent in these areas. Also, my experience in the Russian energy industry, and in political institutions gives me a more credible edge, as it goes beyond pure academic jargon. In my Blog "Casing Point", I would like to share some of my knowledge, as well as the wisdom of leading experts through various interviews I aim to conduct, summarise big conferences to which not many have access, highlight key findings of major reports or academic pieces and provide more general news. My Blog is aimed at students, specialists and academics, but considering the importance of energy in the modern world, it should be read by all. I hope everyone enjoys its content, and as a little extra for reading the description I will uncover why it was named like this. Thank You For Reading! Casing Point: а term that designates a time when a decision must be finally made whether casing (drilling/start of production) is to be run and set or the well abandoned and plugged. In essence it is the final and most crucial stage of evaluating the potential of a particular oil/gas site. So in a similar fashion, this blog aims to evaluate crucial information as it comes about

Best Blogger in December 2013. Best Blogger in January 2014.

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March 2, 2014

    To borrow the words of Christof Ruehl, Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP, this time around the multinational oil supermajor aimed to “shake-up the crystal ball” by recalibrating some of its old…

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January 8, 2014

“Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck.” Guy de Maupassant   In our highly unstable world there are but a few places which can be deemed close to being tranquil. In…

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December 11, 2013

  In the midst of the 20th century the Arctic resembled a geopolitical playground where two superpowers tested each other’s nerves with their burgeoning nuclear arsenals, as submarines plied deep beneath icy waters. What…

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October 25, 2013

  For the past decade Ukraine has been in the midst of a political tussle, or metaphorically a 'Geopolitical Football Championship'. Though, in all fairness, it is hard to see it as a unified team. As it appears more like a political…

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October 8, 2013

  In the last decade our portrayal of high seas has been encapsulated by a steady line of Hollywood blockbusters, which focused on damsels in distress and merry pirates that came to their salvation. But as with most modern films, reality is far…

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September 13, 2013

    If we agree that diamonds, malachite and tantalite are a curse for D.R. Congo, then oil must be the penultimate stained Holy Grail of the entire world. It aids Middle Eastern dictators in their bids to be the last man on…

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August 29, 2013

      "Casing Point" Exclusive: True Story about Adventure, Riches & Danger.            The most terrifying weapon in human history is unquestionably a nuclear bomb, but if we look at…

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August 22, 2013

“The man of logical training will only seek such a degree of certainty in each branch of study as the character of the objects studied permits.” ― Aristotle   In our modern world, it appears…

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July 25, 2013

While on the one side of the planet, people are ardently buying new helmets along with bright yellow ribbons for their dusty bicycles, on the other side, people are busily exchanging their iconic means of transportation for new cars. As this…

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July 1, 2013

"Quand la Chine s'éveillera, le monde tremblera" Napoleon Bonaparte   The awakening of this old sleeping giant, or more accurately its re-awakening, has led much ink to be spilled and many keys to be worn-down. For many, this…

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June 14, 2013

Euro-Russian relations have strained over the recent years in energy matters as certain vested interests shifted perceptions into the realm of what I would express as logical fallacies – technically making sense to a degree, but only when…

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May 1, 2013

    Dr. Adrian Pabst is a political theorist and a theologian. He is a lecturer in politics at the University of Kent and a visiting professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po). His research concerns…

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  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
 
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