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EU-Turkey deal: Decisive or divisive?

16 March in ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

www.euractiv.com | 16.03.2016 By Mehmet Öğütçü, Stephen Jones If European Union leaders were expecting Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to meekly accede to their expectations and demands at the migration summit last week, they were clearly mistaken, write Mehmet Öğütçü and Stephen Jones. Mehmet Öğütçü is chairman of the Global Resources Partnership and Stephen Jones is a partner of energy advocacy and advisory service Global Resources Communications. The summit turned into a bruising political battle, at which years of Turkish frustration at the EU’s ambivalence towards its eastern partner surfaced. Ordinarily, the effective takeover of a major newspaper, Zaman, would have caused the summit to have...

Today’s Energy Security Risks: Complacency, Uncertainty, and Ideology

05 December in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

Atlantic Council | DECEMBER 3, 2015 BY DAVID L. GOLDWYN At the 2015 Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul, twenty-one Ministers and senior officials from Europe, Asia, North America, and the Middle East met to assess the changing geopolitics of energy security. The assembly was a reminder that energy security — the ability of a nation to secure affordable, reliable, and sustainable supplies to maintain national power — is very different for each nation. It was clear that advances in technology — in oil and gas, and renewables — have changed the geopolitics of energy dramatically, and mostly for the better, from...

Regional Energy Equations and Turkish Foreign Policy: The Middle East and the CIS

04 December in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

setav.org | Insight Turkey Vol. 12 / No. 3 / 2010 pp. 147-168  TUNCAY BABALI* ABSTRACT Turkey has become an important east-west and north-south gas and oil transit route and an energy hub, thanks to the Turkish straits, and the existing and proposed pipelines that run through its territory. Economic opportunities, however, can present diplomatic liabilities.  In a tough and complicated region, Turkey finds itself caught between the interests of competing superpowers and regional players. As the world’s 16th largest economy, Turkey’s thirst for energy will only increase. Satisfying this thirst requires not only diversification of sources and routes, but also good relations with all neighbors, in addition to traditional partners.  An analysis of Ankara’s options and new foreign policy vision shows that Turkey has...

Iraq 2016 outlook: Reality bites

02 December in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

The Petroleum Economist | 25th Nov 2016  By: Luay Al-Khatteeb Since 2003, Iraq’s policy-makers had taken the optimistic view –high oil prices were here to stay and the international oil companies contracted to develop the country’s huge southern oilfields would meet their plateau targets, originally around 12 million barrels a day by 2017. It is clear now that they didn’t see the serious commercial and technical difficulties in front of them, or rightly forecast the outcome of domestic politics and regional dynamics. The budget for 2016, which Iraq’s Ministry of Finance proposed in mid-September 2015, recognized some of what has taken place over the...

Political Feasibility of Israeli Natural Gas Exports to Turkey

23 October in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

Memorandum 144 | The Institute For National Security Studies | Tel Aviv University  November 2014 Oded Eran, Dan Vardi, and Itamar Cohen In its June 23, 2013 meeting, the government of Israel approved the export of some 40 percent of the country’s natural gas reserves and the retention of 540 billion cubic meters (BCM) for local consumption. In October 2013, Israel’s High Court of Justice rejected petitions seeking to limit the government’s exclusive right to set these goals. The Tamar natural gas field, operating since 2013, does not have reserves large enough for export. On January 5, 2014, the companies comprising the consortium producing the gas from Tamar signed an agreement...

Öğütçü: Kürt Meselesinin Çözümünde Enerji Politikaları Büyük Önem Arz Ediyor

17 September in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

Haberimport | Cihan Haber Ajansı | 10.07.2012 Türk enerji uzmanı Mehmet Öğütçü, Türkiye’nin enerji politikalarını ve dünyadaki enerji alanındaki son durumu Cihan Haber Ajansı’na değerlendirdi. Başbakanlığı döneminde Turgut Özal’a danışmanlık yapan Öğütçü, dünyaca ünlü bir çok enerji kurum ve kuruluşunda görev yapmanın yanı sıra, dünyanın önde gelen enerji şirketlerine danışmanlık yapmaya devam ediyor. Arap Baharı sonrası bölgede ciddi bir ‘yeniden konumlanma’ çabası olduğuna dikkat çeken Öğütçü, “Rusya, Çin İran bir saf tuttular. Irak’ta El-Maliki de bu eksene katıldı ve Türkiye açısından da ciddi bir tehdit oluşturmaya başladı.” dedi. Bu gelişme üzerine Ankara yönetimi de pozisyonunda önemli bir oynama yaptığını söyleyen Öğütçü, önceleri muhatap almadığı...

BEC Başkanı Öğütçü’nün Star Gazetesi Yazarı Ercan Baysal’a verdiği röportajın tam metni…

14 September in BEC IN THE MEDIA, ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS, PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA

Aşağıdaki metin,  BEC Başkanı Mehmet Öğütçü'nün, Star Gazetesi yazarı Ercan Baysal'a 14 Eylul 2015 'te verdiği röportajın tam metnidir.   Ercan Baysal: Dünya’da yeni bir “Enerji Oyunu” var mı? Son 10 yılda tanık olduğumuz inanılmaz süratteki yeni dinamikler nedeniyle enerjide alışageldiğimiz “oyun”, eski oyuncuların yazdığı “oyunun kuralları” ve ülke, şirketler bazında “oyuncular” değişti, hala değişmeye devam ediyor. Ve bu yeni oyuna uygun esnek, yaratıcı politikalar geliştirmeyenler oyun dışında kalacak, eski düzenin etkisiz oyuncuları olmaya mahkûm olacaklar. Eskiden on yıllara yayılan enerji değişimleri teknoloji sayesinde bir iki yılda etkisini gösteriyor. 10 yıl önce kimse kayagazının, sıvılaştırılmış doğal gazın, yenilenebilir enerjinin bu noktaya geleceğini öngöremezdi. Araba yakıt tüketiminde yüzde...

International Energy Forum to Elect New Head

10 September in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

Energy Intelligence | International Oil Daily | Vol.10, No: 105, | Tuesday, May 31, 2011 The 86-nation International Energy Forum (IEF), established 20 years ago in Riyadh to foster producer-consumer dialogue, is set this week to choose a new secretary-general. As the clock winds down to the vote in Vienna on Wednesday, a week before the Opec ministerial meeting, political maneuvering and horse-trading are intensifying behind the scenes, similar in many ways to the battle to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn as head of the IMF. Four candidates short-listed by the IEF executive board at a meeting in Amsterdam on May 18 are in the...

FINANCING GAS PROJECTS IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

10 September in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, FINANCE, GEOPOLITICS

The German Marshall Fund of the United States |  FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY PAPER SERIES | July 2015 Anastasios Giamouridis |  Nikos Tsafos Preface In this paper, Tassos Giamouridis and Nikos Tsafos provide a detailed assessment of the  factors that influence investment in gas and  related infrastructure projects worldwide with a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean. They examine the relative merits of project finance and corporate finance for the development of offshore gas resources and for bringing the gas to market. In this analysis, they draw lessons from experience around the world and from the track record of the companies involved in exploration and production in the Eastern Mediterranean. The authors explain...

National Renewable Energy Action Plan For Turkey

27 August in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

The Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and Yenilenebilir Enerji Genel Müdürlüğü, has carried out the National Renewable Energy Action Plan for the period 2013-2023. The Directive 2009/28/EC of The European Parliament and of The Council of 23 April 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and amending and subsequently repealing Directives 2001/77/EC and 2003/30/EC sets. • Ambitious targets for all Member States, such that the EU will reach a 20% share of energy from renewable sources by 2020 and a 10% share of renewable energy specifically in the transport sector • The requirement to...

A new Route for Russian Gas, Bypassing Ukraine-Through Turkey Policies and Prospects

21 July in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies | Articles | 2015 No:39 Liana Jervalidze During his visit to Turkey on 1 December 2014, President Putin announced Russia’s decision to discontinue the South Stream project since the initiative failed to gain the support of the European Union. Moreover, Mr Putin declared Russia and Turkey’s joint willingness to construct a new interconnecting 63 bln m3 capacity pipeline which would replace the South Stream as a project by-passing the Ukrainian gas transportation infrastructure and realise Turkey’s long-standing dream of becoming an energy hub. President Putin’s statement came as a complete surprise and gave rise to numerous queries regarding the feasibility of redirecting the South...

Foreign banks ignite an oil war in Iraqi Kurdistan

18 July in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

Ekurd Daily | July 18, 2015 By John Dizard LONDON,— One of the most annoying aspects of the Greece/ Grexit story over the past several months is the pretentious use of military metaphors by a collection of soft-handed politicians and commentators. Attending meetings in Brussels is a “war”. Facing television cameras is a “battle”. Just to be clear: issuing a disagreeable statement is not the same thing as killing a person with a rifle, and being the object of parliamentary derision is not the same as being hit by a bullet or a bomb blast. Sometimes, though, financial operations are part of a real war....