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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

Iran after the (Potential) Nuclear Deal: What’s Next for the Country’s Natural Gas Market?

16 July in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei  2014.031 NOTE DI LAVORO Authors: Simone Tagliapietra Series: Energy: Resources and Markets Keywords: Iran gas market, International gas markets, World energy outlook, Nuclear talks JEL n.: Q40, Q42, Q48 Abstract Iran is the perennial “elephant in the room” of international gas trade. The country could well become, one day, a major game changer of international gas markets but today its potential still remains fundamentally untapped due to a number of geopolitical and commercial reasons. Iran owns the first...

Russia’s high-stakes game in Iraq: Expanding their role in the Middle East

23 June in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

Second Life Of Defence | 2014-01-19 |  By Stephen Blank |  Ten years after the American invasion Iraq is in danger of disintegration.  Its stability cannot be taken for granted or even assumed. Evidently Iraq is not far from being a failed state and Syria is already deep in the throes of protracted civil war. Both states may be racked for years by internal conflict, violence, instability, and the “mushrooming” of terrorist groups, given the anarchy prevailing there.[i] At the end...

Yunanistan Türk Akımı’na dahil oldu

22 June in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

Hürriyet - (A.A) - | 20 Haziran 2015 Rusya, Türk Akım boru hattı projesinin Yunanistan'a uzatılması için Atina ile hükümetler arası anlaşma imzaladı. Rusya Devlet Başkanı Vladimir Putin geçen sene Türkiye'ye yaptığı ziyarette Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan ile Türk Akımı projesine son hali verilmişti. Anlaşmanın imza töreninde konuşan Rusya Enerji Bakanı Alexander Novak, Yunanistan ile hatta eşit hisse sahibi olacaklarını söyledi.Rusya, Ukrayna'daki Moskova yanlısı hükümetin devrilmesi ve Ukrayna'ya ait Kırım yarımadasını ilhak etmesinden bu yana, Avrupa'ya doğalgaz sevkinde kilit...

Turkish Stream and the EU Security of Gas Supply: What’s Next?

20 June in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

www.europeangashub.com  | 06/05/2015 by Manfred Hafner and Simone Tagliapietra Introduction On December 1, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised the energy world by announcing, during a state visit to Turkey, the demise of the long-planned South Stream pipeline project and the launch of a new project to evacuate Russian gas to Turkey and South-East Europe bypassing Ukraine: Turkish Stream. Since 2007 South Stream has represented a key element of the discussions concerning the EU security of gas supply and the...

Iran and Russia: A new alignment?

20 June in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

www.NEWSBASE.com| May 2015 A NewsBase Research Briefing   Iran is home to around 34 tcm of gas, but at present it lacks extra production capacity for export. FOR the past 30 years, Iran has lived in a more or less self-imposed geopolitical isolation. From Tehran, the view has been of a hostile US, its no-less hostile sidekick the UK, less-hostile Europeans usually aligned with the Anglo-Saxons, hostile Sunni Arabs across the water to the west, troublesome Sunni Pashtuns and...

China’s New Silk Road: Implications for the US

12 June in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

Shuaihua Wallace Cheng | YaleGlobal |  28 May 2015 China’s response to the so-called US pivot to Asia is to expand influence in Asia. Known as the “One Belt, One Road,” the modern-day Silk Road network “will not only enhance ‘five connections’ – trade, infrastructure, investment, capital and people – it will create a community with ‘shared interests, destiny and responsibilities,’” explains Shuaihua Wallace Cheng, managing director of ICTSD China and a Yale World Fellow. China hopes to...

Mehmet Ogutcu addressed The Tuft University Fletcher School’s

04 June in ANNOUNCEMENTS, ENERGY, GEOPOLITICS

[caption id="attachment_4118" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Mehmet Ogutcu (left), Chairman of the Bosphorus Energy Club, underscored Turkey's important place in the energy space as "the world's energy demand and supply maps are being redrawn," with Turkey both as a major conduit and heavy importer.[/caption] The Tuft University Fletcher School's | April 2014 REPORT Building off of "Turkey's Turn? Perennial Linchpin or Emerging Hub?", a conference hosted by the Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC) at The Fletcher School in...

Global Game-Changers in Energy: Implications for Eurasia

22 April in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY, GEOPOLITICS

Mehmet Öğütçü, Chairman | Paris, 17 April 2015 |  World energy game-changers Changing dynamics, game, players and rules New demand map, changes in energy mix, and unconventional supply sources Shift in trading and investment patterns Volatility in prices, technological breakthroughs Environment, efficiency and climate change Is energy security a national security matter? Heightened geopolitical, cyber and other risks   Click to continue: ParisEnergyClub17april2015 ...