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Referendum in Kurdistan: A risky gamble in a volatile region
Nearly 93% of eligible voters in Kurdistan have cast their ballot in favour of independence. Although technically the referendum is non-binding, it does represent a new and potentially dangerous phase...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 28 Sep 17
Water wars: China’s new weapon against India
With border tensions continuing near Pangong Lake, China has fashioned a powerful weapon in the form of water to undermine Indian territory. ...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 26 Sep 17
The slow recovery of Libya’s oil industry
While forecasts suggest that production could reach 1.25 million barrels per day by the end of the year, several factors could affect the revival of the oil industry....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 26 Sep 17
The struggle for Kurdistan’s oil: Past, present and future
On Monday, September 25, the government of Iraqi Kurdistan will hold an independence referendum. Although the vote will not trigger any immediate change to the nature of the Kurdish sovereignty...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 25 Sep 17
Paraguay’s agricultural sector: how much is at risk?
Despite the political and economical instability facing South America, the small nation of Paraguay is experiencing growth....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 19 Sep 17
Powering Europe’s newest nation: Investigating the Kosovo energy crisis
Last month, Kosovo reached a deal with two private property owners to access some of the lignite coal it needs to supply its power plants. ...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 18 Sep 17
Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil at a crossroads
Europe’s war against palm oil and overall western pressure risks pushing Indonesia and Malaysia closer to less regulated markets....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 31 Aug 17
Implications of Iran gas deal with France’s Total
Iran has concluded a $5.9 billion deal with a consortium led by French Total, a victory for Hassan Rouhani’s administration and even prospective investors....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 15 Aug 17
The domestic and global shocks of the growing water crisis in China
The reverberations of China’s water security crisis have already had global implications, notably encouraging the Arab Spring....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 10 Aug 17
To the victor belong the spoils: The future of green energy
In recent years, China has pushed for the rapid development of renewable energy infrastructure, touting itself as the leader of innovative green energy....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 2 Aug 17
Kayin state struggles expose Myanmar’s energy dilemma
Renewed interest in coal in Myanmar carries broad risks for the government. But while greener energy is desirable, renewables come with their own problems....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 29 Jul 17
Under the Radar: Forget the South China Sea, this is Asia’s real water war
While tensions in the South China Sea have the potential for limited skirmishes far out to sea, the competition over the resources of the Mekong River is putting millions at risk of natural disasters,...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 26 Jul 17
Mozambique and Rosneft’s hunt for foreign policy pull
Word that Rosneft will soon open an office in Mozambique belies the company and Igor Sechin’s growing influence over Russia’s policy in the Asia-Pacific....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 25 Jul 17
Vietnam and the Philippines dive back into contested waters
Both Vietnam and the Philippines restarted drilling and exploring for oil in contested waters in the South China Sea – risking the ire of China....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 25 Jul 17
Both America’s left and right have failed on environmental legislation
The United States needs a balanced, consistent approach to environmental policy making, not one prone to U-turns every election cycle....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 19 Apr 17
Under the Radar: Are you ready for the Middle East’s solar gold rush?
The MENA region saw over 2 GW of new solar capacity tendered in 2016, and 2017 looks to easily surpass this level as hundreds of billions of dollars begin to flow into green energy in the Arab world....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 10 Apr 17
Mexico taps into renewables, with wind power leading the charge
Uncertain natural gas imports from the US are helping promote the rapid expansion of wind power throughout Mexico in the short to medium term....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 13 Mar 17
Why energy reforms are Algeria’s biggest challenge yet
Algeria has begun a series of energy reforms that have provoked deep social unrest in one of the last bastions of stability in North Africa. ...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 27 Feb 17
Under the Radar: How sandalwood is transforming crime and commerce in Asia
The boom in sandalwood prices is creating opportunities in Australia, India and beyond but high prices are also driving a boom in crime as well....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 24 Feb 17
Australia’s energy mix: still room for coal?
Often at the frontline of extreme weather, Australia has long been a proponent of renewable energies and continues to play a strong international role on issues of climate change. Where...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 13 Feb 17
Is it too late for a Colombian oil boom?
The hoped-for Colombian oil boom may ultimately prove nonexistent due to a variety of endemic problems, including low oil reserves....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 24 Jan 17
Trump can easily undo Obama’s Arctic Drilling Bans
Obama’s “permanent” bans on offshore oil and gas drilling in Alaska are actually “indefinite” and could end as soon as January 20....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 20 Jan 17
Africa going off the grid
Despite President Obama’s Power Africa strategy falling short of its goal of 30,000 megawatts of new and clean power generation, African alternative energy initiatives are lighting up the continent....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 11 Jan 17
2017 Preview: Russia takes aim at China
Russia and China have appeared to edge closer together of late, yet Kremlin-backed deals from Rosneft are countering China. This trend will accelerate as Trump comes into office and the...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 2 Jan 17
Tougher times ahead for Africa’s oil and gas
The drop in oil prices has a profound impact on economic development and growth prospects in Africa....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 21 Nov 16
Green dreams: Duterte and the Philippine mining industry
Throughout its history, the Philippine mining industry has been defined by its diverse set of political risks relating to governance, inequality, elitism, foreign export and absent contribution toward...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 7 Nov 16
India-Pakistan tensions: Would India really abrogate the Indus Waters Treaty?
New Delhi has not ruled out the possibility of abrogating Indus Waters Treaty: what would be the consequences of such a move, and how likely is it?...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 25 Oct 16
Siberian Tigers: Rosneft expands in India
A Rosneft-led group of buyers just closed a deal for 98% of the Indian firm Essar Oil’s Vadinar refinery and oil terminal facility. In conjunction with the Dutch oil firm Trafigura and Russian fund ...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 22 Oct 16
Leading with Lukoil: Russia’s economic diplomacy in Iran
The approval of the Iranian Petroleum Contract is the culmination of a summer of economic diplomacy between Moscow and Tehran — with Lukoil at the center....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 13 Oct 16
India’s systemic water crisis: Political and economic risks loom large
An ongoing Indian dispute over the Cauvery river is indicative of the broad and growing water crisis facing India. ...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 3 Oct 16
Excelerate and DUSUP complete first gas-up operation at Jebel Ali LNG import terminal
Excelerate Energy and Dubai Supply Authority have completed the first commercial gas-up operation at DUSUP’s Jebel Ali LNG import terminal via Excelerate’s Explorer FSRU....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
Main power generation start-up on Ichthys two offshore facilities
The INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project’s Central Processing Facility and FPSO facility have safely started up their main power generators....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
DW: LNG expenditure to grow by 50%
A new forecast from Douglas-Westwood suggests that global LNG expenditure will total US$284 billion between 2017 and 2021....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
Engie to supply LNG to Beijing
Engie has announced that it will deliver 10 cargoes of LNG to Beijing Gas Group this winter....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
Fortuna FLNG looking to Europe as its next key market
According to Reuters, Equatorial Guinea is discussing pricing terms with possible offtakers from its 2.2 million tpy Fortuna floating LNG project, with Europe being eyed as its next key market....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
ABB provides upgrade solution for LNG terminal
TEPCO Fuel & Power, Inc. has contracted ABB to upgrade the control and I/O systems for the Futtsu LNG terminal....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
Alaska officials visit South Korea
Governor Bill Walker recently met with the US Ambassador in South Korea and company officials to discuss potential partnership opportunities in Alaska’s LNG project....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
IndianOil and GAIL sign MoU to take equity in Dhamra LNG terminal
Indian Oil Corp. Ltd and GAIL (India) Ltd have signed an MoU with Dhamra LNG Terminal Private Ltd for taking equity in the LNG receiving terminal that is being developed at Dhamra Port, India....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
Alaska Railroad to carry out LNG transportation demonstration
The Alaska Railroad has announced that it will demonstrate its ability to safely transport LNG in containers by rail from south-central to interior Alaska, US, in early Autumn 2016....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
Two Lithuanian companies sign small scale LNG agreement with Statoil
Litgas has announced that, alongside Lietuvos Duju Tiekimas, it has signed an agreement with Statoil ASA enabling reliable and flexible wholesale LNG supplies at the Klaipeda LNG terminal....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
World’s largest LNG importer resells LNG cargo to South Korean buyer
Japan’s Jera Co. has resold an LNG cargo to South Korea, signalling a major step towards the expansion of the company’s trading business....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
LNG trade: an agent’s perspective
Nick Elliott, Inchcape Shipping Services, UK, presents a round-up of LNG activity from around the world....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
Sailing in the right direction
MAN Rollo, the Netherlands, outline the challenges and advantages of using LNG as a marine fuel to meet IMO Tier III emission standards....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
Teekay enters 15-year time-charter contract with Yamal LNG
Teekay LNG Partners has announced that it has entered into a 15-year time-charter contract with the Yamal LNG project to provide conventional LNG transportation services....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
Sirius Shipping orders two LNG-ready oil/chemical tankers
Sirius Shipping has released a statement claiming that it has placed an order for two LNG-ready oil/chemical tankers....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
General Dynamics Nassco lays keel for LNG-conversion-ready tanker
General Dynamics Nassco has held a keel laying ceremony for the Palmetto State – an LNG-conversion-ready tanker for American Petroleum Tankers....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
DNV GL grants AIP for new LNG bunker vessel design
DNV GL has granted Vard Engineering Brevik AS Approval in Principle for its new LNG bunker vessel design. ...
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
Elengy and Gate sign MoU to develop LNG truck loading and bunkering services
Elengy has released a statement claiming that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Gate terminal to cooperate in the development of LNG related services, such as truck loading and bunkerin...
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
Alaska officials visit South Korea
Governor Bill Walker recently met with the US Ambassador in South Korea and company officials to discuss potential partnership opportunities in Alaska’s LNG project....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16
Teekay enters 15-year time-charter contract with Yamal LNG
Teekay LNG Partners has announced that it has entered into a 15-year time-charter contract with the Yamal LNG project to provide conventional LNG transportation services....
http://www.lngindustry.com/ 29 Sep 16

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