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Five major challenges facing Russia’s gas giant Gazprom
The leadership of Gazprom — the state-owned company which in the past has accounted for about one-fifth of Russia’s budget revenues—is upbeat about the energy giant’s prospects, formally pursu...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 3 Aug 15
Is Power of Siberia a pipeline of the future?
The Power of Siberia pipeline is a 4,000 km natural gas pipeline. Upon its expected completion in 2019, it will be the largest fuel network in the world and fully...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 29 Jul 15
Securing the sealanes of the super highway
Safe, secure and continuous supplies of energy are critical to modern society, providing the lifeblood to the global economy. The securitization of energy for heat, light and transportation affirms th...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 25 Jul 15
Australia’s climate policy hindering future opportunities
The Australian government’s policy towards climate change is in stark contrast to the rest of the world. Is this policy promising to help bolster a fledging economy or is it...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 25 Jul 15
Despite sanctions, Russia remains global energy player
Sanctions may have damaged the Russian energy sector, but Russian energy diplomacy is still scoring goals and helping Russia to retain its global power status. By seeking out alternative markets...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 17 Jul 15
Southeast Asia: The new piracy capital
Southeast Asia has recently regained the reputation as the world’s worst region for piracy. With one third of world shipping going through the regions’ waters, the costs to trade and...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 13 Jul 15
The Grand Inga Dam: Solution to Africa’s “energy apartheid?”
A look at one of the most ambitious megaprojects in the modern era which could unlock Africa’s potential and uplift millions out of energy poverty.  Megaprojects in emerging markets have...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 7 Jul 15
Deforestation impacting pharmaceutical industry
Global rainforests hold unknown treasures for fighting and curing multiple diseases. But whilst the complete destruction of the world’s remaining rainforests looms on the horizon, pharmaceutical com...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 29 Jun 15
The Visaginas Nuclear Power Project: Energy Security and the Long-Term View
Guest contributors Paul Murphy, Special Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Milibank, and Melissa Hersh, Principal at Hersh Consulting, LLC, provide this special report.  Energy security in the ...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 24 Jun 15
Oil reawakens territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana
Diplomatic tensions between South American neighbors Venezuela and Guyana intensified after an Exxon exploration ship began operating in the disputed offshore area on Guyana’s behalf. Venezuela ha...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 19 Jun 15
Cairo’s ‘Zabaleen’ garbage collectors: Egypt’s diamond in the rough
Despite being sidelined for a decade, Cairo’s ‘Zabaleen’ garbage collectors have cultivated one of the world’s greenest waste-management systems – a rare entrepreneurial success story in Egy...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 12 Jun 15
Can the UK’s Green Investment Bank inspire the global community?
The Green Investment Bank (GIB) is leading the world in funding innovative solutions and setting the UK at the forefront of the next generation of energy infrastructure. Can the GIB...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 9 Jun 15
OPEC losing its ability to set global oil prices
The June OPEC meeting should not bring too many surprises, as the cartel’s unofficial leader, Saudi Arabia, will not support production cuts in order to boost falling prices, but will...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 3 Jun 15
Mexico’s low oil, low growth environment
Mexico’s central bank has cut its 2015 growth forecast for the second time in three months, in wake of concerns over the decline in oil production and weaker-than-expected growth from the...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 29 May 15
Why China should encourage a pipeline from Turkmenistan to Europe
Turkmenistan has emerged as a potential supplier of natural gas (NG) to Europe as the EU desperately searches for an alternative to Russian energy. The prospect of European exploitation of...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 28 May 15
Despite recent upshots, oil prices will remain subdued
Despite recent gains, oil prices will remain subdued as the oil glut continues to dominate global markets. Increases in US and OPEC oil production will play a big part in...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 28 May 15
What can be done to stop the depletion of the world’s natural resources?
The depletion of most of the world’s most pivotal natural resources looms on the horizon, but state and private companies engaged in extracting, cultivating, and trading raw materials have proven...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 26 May 15
Chile-Bolivia land dispute has long-term implications for mining and gas
The territorial dispute between Chile and Bolivia at the Hague could have long term repercussions in the the mining and gas industries. For over 136 years landlocked Bolivia has been...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 22 May 15
Four opportunities presented by stabilizing oil prices
The past year has been seen oil prices drop to below $50 per barrel. But now that prices seem to be stabilizing, a number of new trends and investment opportunities...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 21 May 15
New government in Alberta brings uncertain future for Canada’s oil industry
As Canada prepares for a general election in the fall, the collapse of an aligned provincial government is likely to unsettle many federal conservatives and force a revaluation of electoral...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 12 May 15
Can Uganda escape the natural resource curse?
Uganda is standing at a crossroads: exploration of its significant oil reserves is due to start in 2017 and is expected to generate huge revenues and foreign investments. Can Uganda...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 9 May 15
Clean energy: China’s new strategy for growth
China has been investing large sums of money into clean energy – in fact, more than any other country in the world. The reasons for this are strategic, and can...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 3 May 15
Is food security prompting a new race for Africa?
Rising food security concerns are driving developed countries to negotiate alarmingly large land purchases across the global south. While Western Europe led the colonization of Africa in the 19th cent...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 30 Apr 15
Tensions in Mozambique may threaten extractive sector
The political situation in Mozambique has become worrisome, as opposition party Renamo puts pressure on the ruling Frelimo party and threatens to use force to achieve its political objectives. Confli...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 28 Apr 15
Amid falling production, Latin American oil is caught in the doldrums
Latin America’s oil industries, long seen as a relatively safe investment, are now caught in a squeeze between low oil prices, intra-hemisphere competition, corruption scandals, and increasingly voc...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 27 Apr 15
How water is critical to a lasting Middle East peace
While agricultural output in Palestinian territories is a key driver of the domestic economy, uncertainties revolving around water supply and allocations by Israel continue to weaken economic prospec...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 21 Apr 15
Falkland Islands status reignites UK-Argentina tensions
UK-Argentine tensions have risen as London plans to bolster military presence in the South Atlantic. British energy discoveries in the region and intelligence leaks are heating up the dispute over th...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 20 Apr 15
Illegal sand mining threatens the global construction boom
It sounds like a paradox, but the world is running out of sand – the type of sand that keeps the current global construction boom alive. Sand has become so scarce...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 18 Apr 15
Short on energy, South Africa works in the dark
The South African public electricity utility Eskom is in a perceived crisis, threatening to constrain the local economy. Strong financial indicators from recent months, however, show the South Africa...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 16 Apr 15
Yemen crisis increases oil price volatility
Instability over Houthi insurgency and Saudi air strikes in Yemen have caused increased oil price volatility. It is fair to say that instability will continue in Yemen for some time...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 12 Apr 15
Despite Iran deal, price war will dominate 2015 oil markets
Regardless of the final outcome of Iran’s nuclear programme negotiations, the coming months will see a continuing price war between OPEC producers and the shrinking US shale sector. The recent agre...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 10 Apr 15
Uruguay to provide port space for landlocked Bolivia
Uruguay has signed an agreement with the Bolivian President Evo Morales to provide the landlocked Bolivia an outlet to the sea. The project will allow the country to access the Atlantic...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 7 Apr 15
$10 billion Russia-Jordan nuclear deal promises dividends
Last week, Jordan signed a $10 billion dollar deal with Russia to build the country’s first nuclear power plant. For an energy-strapped nation as Jordan, the project is an important investment...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 2 Apr 15
Solar gas promises to upset energy politics
Solar gas technology is the product of formidable innovations and research in the field of emissions-free technologies. This fairly new source of energy presents governments and private enterprises wi...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 23 Mar 15
EU-Russia energy relations at lowest point since Cold War
It has been one year since the controversial referendum on Crimean independency took place under the protection of Russian arms and the factual annexation of the strategically important peninsula in...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 20 Mar 15
Environmental protests challenge Algeria fracking
Algeria is home to world’s third largest shale deposits behind China and Afghanistan. If exploited, shale gas could provide an important boost to its energy exports. A new project to...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 20 Mar 15
End of commodity supercycle puts pressure on US agriculture
With profit margins shrinking, American agriculture faces risk management challenges. One approach would be to make a priority of managing margin risk. The boom of the commodity supercycle is over,...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 8 Mar 15
New EU Energy Union aimed at breaking dependence on Russia
The recently announced Energy Union proposal is largely aimed at reducing the EU’s dependence on Russian gas. However, the proposed measures are unlikely to bring about the desired results. On...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 4 Mar 15
Global oil glut could further depress oil prices
With the global oil supply expected to outpace demand in 2015 and 2016, there is a growing risk from an oil glut that might further slash oil prices. The 50 percent...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 2 Mar 15
Does the moon hold the key to the world’s energy crisis?
The worlds largest energy consumers are deeply aware of the urgency of addressing their energy trilemmas – how to balance energy security, energy equity (access and affordability) and environmental ...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 28 Feb 15
OPEC’s influence has long been exaggerated
The nearly 50% decline in oil prices questions the future of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and casts doubt on its ability to influence prices. However, the...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 25 Feb 15
Keystone XL vote increases Washington gridlock
Both the House and Senate have voted to approve the Keystone XL, but President Obama is slated to veto the bill. With important deadlines coming up, the Keystone debate will...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 24 Feb 15
Côte d’Ivoire needs natural gas to satisfy electricity demand
As electricity demand is projected to expand beyond Côte d’Ivoire’s existing supply of power generation sources, the country depends on future discoveries of natural gas to meet its domestic grow...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 24 Feb 15
Five countries most affected by the oil price crash
Since June 2014, global oil prices have dropped by more than 50%. The drop could strongly affect the economic and political stability of these five oil exporting countries. Oil prices...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 21 Feb 15
Lebanon oil and gas offshore exploration mired in risk
Estimates show that Lebanon has significant offshore energy reserves, including more than 120 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. International firms have lined up to begin exploration into these ene...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 21 Feb 15
Oil price drop reveals Iraq’s structural problems
“Iraq’s state finances are increasingly vulnerable to a drop in oil prices and the government could have difficulty financing this year’s budget plan.” – IMF Mission Chief for Iraq, 27...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 17 Feb 15
Central Eastern Europe and energy diversification
Since the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine, the Central Eastern European (CEE) countries, namely the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, have been facing an increasing pressure to move...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 16 Feb 15
Eskom’s problems highlight flaws in South Africa’s energy plans
On Sunday 8 February 2015, South African taxpayer-owned electricity utility Eskom achieved an unwelcome milestone after it imposed the sixth consecutive day of load shedding. With more days likely to...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 14 Feb 15
Oil sector expected to reduce investment in new projects
Despite the overall benefits for the global economy, the prolonged period of low oil prices is likely to reduce investment in new oil projects, raising the potential for economic and political...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 7 Feb 15
Low oil prices bring instability to the global oil sector
A pro-longed period of low oil prices could have long-term consequences for the future of the oil industry and geopolitical stability of some oil exporting countries. Falling oil prices can be...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 29 Jan 15

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