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Vanand Meliksetian

Contributor since: 13 Feb 2018

Vanand Meliksetian

Vanand Meliksetian has extended experience working in the energy sector. His involvement with the fossil fuel industry as well as renewables makes him an allrounder who is not limited to certain topics. Furthermore, Vanand has worked as a management consultant for international energy companies such as Total and Vattenfall where he has gained detailed knowledge of the requirements of the private sector. He has expanded his understanding of the energy sector working for the Dutch government where he worked on the development of the North Sea energy strategy.

Vanand’s articles reflect his personal views and are not connecting to his work. He specializes in geopolitics, innovation, and policy.

Latest articles from Vanand

  • Moscow And Beijing Discuss Natural Gas Megaproject

    Published 23 February 2019 | viewed 22,241 times

    Diplomatic relations between Moscow and Beijing have significantly improved over the past couple of decades. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and China were…

  • Where Will Putin Build His Next Gas Pipeline?

    Published 19 February 2019 | viewed 14,938 times

    Russian gas giant Gazprom has invested billions in extending and diversifying its pipeline infrastructure to Europe through Turk Stream and Nord Stream 2. Both projects…

  • Are Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Ambitions Realistic?

    Published 16 February 2019 | viewed 19,312 times

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  • Nord Stream 2 Was Always A Done Deal

    Published 11 February 2019 | viewed 14,639 times

    Europe’s position as an arena for great power rivalry ended after the Cold War. In recent days, however, the continent has, again, become a theatre…

  • The Achilles Heel For EV Makers

    Published 09 February 2019 | viewed 16,624 times

    Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more and more popular in most industrialized countries. Although conventional cars claim 99 percent of the market, the announcement of…

  • Uncertainty Continues For LNG Markets

    Published 07 February 2019 | viewed 8,720 times

    ‘King Coal’ dominated the energy mix during the industrial revolution of the 19th century. The replacement of the steam engine by the internal combustion engine…

  • Can Venezuela Revive Its Oil Industry Like Iraq Did?

    Published 04 February 2019 | viewed 8,116 times

    The political turmoil in Venezuela seems to be a never-ending story. Since Hugo Chavez’ presidency, the Latin American country has been the center of attention…

  • The World’s Most Extraordinary Oil & Gas Company

    Published 31 January 2019 | viewed 18,790 times

    Gazprom is, without doubt, the most important and influential company in Russia. The energy giant controls one of the world's largest and most impressive hydrocarbon…

  • Syria’s New ‘Militarized’ Oil Companies

    Published 23 January 2019 | viewed 12,834 times

    Russia’s involvement in the Syrian civil war dramatically changed the balance of power. Before the intervention, government forces were quickly losing ground to numerous rebel…

  • What’s Holding Back The Global Energy Transition

    Published 22 January 2019 | viewed 12,383 times

    The consumption of natural resources and consequentially pollution has led to increased attention for the environment in most parts of the world. While it is…

  • Are Conventional Producers Really Losing Influence?

    Published 12 January 2019 | viewed 10,817 times

    Energy professionals and others following the developments in the oil and gas industry during the last couple of years have witnessed a massive rise in…

  • Why 2019 Will Be A Record Breaking Year For LNG

    Published 08 January 2019 | viewed 18,314 times

    Last year saw a rise in the importance of environmentalism and the overall attention for cleaner energy sources. In contrast to the unilateral U.S. withdrawal…

  • Energy Experts Are Watching This Hotspot In 2019

    Published 07 January 2019 | viewed 9,683 times

    Historically the Mediterranean hasn’t been the focus of oil and gas producing companies. With the exception of Algeria and Libya which owe their energy industry…

  • The Real Reason Behind Beijing’s War On Pollution

    Published 29 December 2018 | viewed 24,556 times

    Forty years ago, the Communist Party of China under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping introduced economic reforms which heralded an era of economic growth and…

  • The Battle For Syria’s Oil Region

    Published 24 December 2018 | viewed 58,296 times

    The Syrian Civil War has gone through several phases over the course of seven years and it now appears to be entering another one. Government…

  • Energy Transition Under Fire As Power Bills Soar

    Published 19 December 2018 | viewed 13,421 times

    For a long period of time, the energy transition was primarily a technical topic concerning the transformation of the energy grid. Technological developments and the…

  • Why Russia Agreed To Additional Production Cuts

    Published 16 December 2018 | viewed 22,191 times

    OPEC has been dominating the oil market since its inception in 1960. Together, the members possess approximately 82 percent of global conventional oil reserves and…

  • Will China Turn Its Back On U.S. LNG?

    Published 11 December 2018 | viewed 15,879 times

    There was a sigh of relief from global markets when the leaders of China and the U.S. met on the side-lines of the G20 summit…

  • Are Floating Reactors The Future Of Nuclear Energy?

    Published 08 December 2018 | viewed 19,746 times

    The future of nuclear energy is either gloomy or promising depending on the country or region in question. In the developed world nuclear power is…

  • The U.S. Pipeline Industry Is Booming

    Published 05 December 2018 | viewed 30,051 times

    Every once in a while, a new technological development shakes up a conservative sector. In the oil and gas industry, the shale revolution has changed…

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