Archive | March, 2014

Why Ukraine’s Next President Doesn’t Matter

Having ridden roughshod over Ukraine, Russia’s annexation of the Crimea is now over and a new chapter in Ukrainian politics is about to begin—but it won’t be much different than the last chapter, with the same old faces surfacing for May presidential elections. In the aftermath of the Maidan protests that overthrew president Viktor Yanukovych […]

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Birth of a New Ukrainian Nation?

What the Loss of Crimea Means for Ukrainian Energy: Interview with Robert Bensh Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula is now Russia’s. It was done with an impressively organized non-violent military operation, and supported by the foregone conclusion of a referendum on independence from Ukraine. One Ukrainian soldier was reportedly killed on 18 March, after Russian President Vladimir […]

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Crimea Hills on the shore of Black Sea near Koktebel

Russia Eyes Crimea’s Oil and Gas Reserves

According to Reuters, Crimea may nationalize oil and gas assets within its borders belonging to Ukraine, and sell them off to Russia. Crimea’s Deputy Prime Minister hinted at the possibility that it would take control of Chornomorneftegaz, a Ukrainian state-owned enterprise, and then “privatize” it by selling it to Gazprom. “After nationalisation of the company […]

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Ukraine Crisis hits Russian MICEX

Political uncertainty and turmoil on the international typically breeds market volatility, and the unrest in Ukraine has been no exception. As a major producer and supplier of gas to Europe, fears over a conflict with Russia had gas prices tumbling over fears of limited supply. Conversely, oil saw a jump as demand was likely to […]

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New Spy Technology to Spawn Oil Revolution

The future of oil exploration lies in new technology–from massive data-processing supercomputers to 4D seismic to early-phase airborne spy technology that can pinpoint prospective reservoirs. Oil and gas is getting bigger, deeper, faster and more efficient, with new technology chipping away at “peak oil” concerns. Hydraulic fracturing has caught mainstream attention, other high-tech developments in […]

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