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Energy Outlook 2035 - BP

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 formulas in the bid to provide a fresh outlook on the way global energy markets will evolve. In this post Casing Point explores to what results this recalibration leads and what is in store for us in the world of energy; at the end should we anticipate major shifts or expect much of...

02.03.2014 19:14:00

Breaking the Ice: The Northern Sea Route

... and ponder over the critical question of any venture – does this route make economic sense as a genuine addition to international sea commerce? As with the earlier post, I will be drawing from the points made by the participants of the RIAC conference and from a bit of extra research. I would also urge watching the following three documentaries to get a real 'mega' perspective of the global sea trade; although I will refer to them throughout. Lastly, please do have a look ...

08.01.2014 19:53:00

The Arctic Frontier - Armed with Cooperation

... an Arctic from a pragmatic stance of promising potential and a need for stakeholders to cooperate, as certain waters cannot be crossed alone. As customary Casing Point will take an energy based angle and to assist analysis will draw from the recent conference hosted by RIAC. Enjoy & Feel Free to Comment! Personal Note: As my list of ''conferences attended'' grows, I am starting to feel like a lavish hotel connoisseur – as it is usually where such events ...

11.12.2013 06:16:00

Euro League: EU vs Russia

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 trophy for two major sides. On one side, the EU aims to win Ukraine to make sure its gas is supposedly more secured and to continue its enlargement policy for both rational and questionable reasons. On the other, Russia aims to make sure it achieves its...

25.10.2013 20:32:00

Who Governs Global Oil Prices?

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 their thrones, causes thirsty states to indulge in most sinful actions, pushes profit-driven corporations to exploit an entire array of stakeholders and entices individuals towards corruption beyond all forms of humanity just so they attain a small nugget of this black gold. A successful...

13.09.2013 16:47:00

Diction on a seesaw: a report on the RIAC conference on EU-Russia relations / Part 2

... declaration that enabling the free movement of people and goods is a top priority, there might be some hope for that. Step where? RIAC President Mr Ivanov said in his closing remarks that Russia and the EU had taken a step towards each other at the conference. Maybe so; but we need not imagine any plans to be drawn up at an event like this. The main advancement made here was mutually admitting the inevitability of Russia-EU partnership. Many agree that a common vision and mutual trust are preconditions ...

01.04.2013 02:16:00

Diction on a seesaw: a report on the RIAC conference on EU-Russia relations / Part 1

Mr Barroso talks about a partnership of choice, while Mr Medvedev calls for more pragmatism. Discussing their relations, European and Russian representatives were somewhat out of touch with each other at the international conference 'Russia and the EU: potential for partnership?', organised by RIAC and held in Moscow on March 21st As if a code of conduct had been circulated amongst participants, throughout the three discussion panels of the conference ...

01.04.2013 02:00:00

«Oil & Gas Dialogue» IMEMO RAN

... making one ponder – what must be done to stop any changes, how to adapt to them if they occur and what if sceptics are right? «Oil and Gas Dialogue: Russian Gas in the European Market» Joint International Forum held at IMEMO RAN conference hall on 7th December 2012; moderated by Ivanova N. I., RAN Academic and Associate Director of IMEMO RAN, and Eric Dam, General Director of Energy Delta Institute. Optimism Remains Thin in the Air: As the world continues to scuffle against ...

14.02.2013 17:17:00

«Eastern Siberia Oil & Gas Conference»

The 3rd International Conference coincided with a fairly damp economic climate and unstable political atmosphere across many energy exporting states, thus in all building up naturally not overly optimistic mood. However, in respect to the Russia situation it was far from bleak ...

05.02.2013 15:42:00

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