Oil and gas geopolitics: no shelter from the storm

There could be widespread ramifications from US energy independence and looming US sanctions on Iran and Russia; states in Central Asia could be hit hard, as well as serious possible impacts on global oil production and the West By Pepe Escobar Russia and Saudi Arabia are in deep debate on whether to raise OPEC and … Continue reading Oil and gas geopolitics: no shelter from the storm

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Caspian games: Central Asian ‘stans’ vie for connectivity market

'Pipelineistan' has a long history, but with its Belt and Road Initiative, China is set to be the top game-changer By Pepe Escobar Azerbaijan held a presidential election this month. Predictably, incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev won his fourth consecutive term with a Kim dynasty-esque 86% of the votes. International monitors for the Organization for Security … Continue reading Caspian games: Central Asian ‘stans’ vie for connectivity market

From Arctic to Indian Ocean: First shipment of Russian liquefied natural gas arrives in India

A tanker with liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced in Russia's Yamal region in northwest Siberia has been delivered to India. According to first deputy chairman of Novatek’s management board, Lev Feodosyev, the shipment is in line with the company’s goal to expand its supply geography and increase the presence in key Asian markets. “The first … Continue reading From Arctic to Indian Ocean: First shipment of Russian liquefied natural gas arrives in India

The battle for China’s growing gas demand

Russia, in its efforts to develop its gas sector in as many geographical locations as possible, is also earmarking increased gas exports to China. Russian natural gas giant Gazprom said that gas from its Siberia fields could start moving through pipelines to China within the next five years. The disclosure came as Gazprom representatives discussed the development … Continue reading The battle for China’s growing gas demand

Afghanistan ready to play connector role in Eurasian integration

The inauguration of TAPI – the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline – signals Kabul is on-board with the grand project of Eurasian integration By Pepe Escobar One of the top roller-coaster sagas in what, some years ago, I christened Pipelineistan, has yielded a definitive twist. The US$8 billion,1,814-kilometer Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline (TAPI) was officially inaugurated on Friday, in full pomp, and … Continue reading Afghanistan ready to play connector role in Eurasian integration