Europe & Eurasia
A question of interpretation
1 July 2004
Uncertainty about incoming EU energy-market regulation could discourage essential investment in gas infrastructure, limiting competition and pushing up prices, writes Gavin Watson, senior lawyer, global projects, King & Spalding International
Too big for your boots
1 July 2004
Bankruptcy of Yukos is not in the interests of the Russian government, the company's shareholders, management or the international banking community. But the destruction of Russia's biggest oil company continues relentlessly. Isabel Gorst reports
Azerbaijan and Georgia walk Russian tightrope
1 April 2004
The new presidents of Azerbaijan and Georgia made state visits to Russia in February, during which both made strenuous efforts to improve the often-strained relations with their prickly neighbour. NJ Watson reports
Ukraine: finding a balance
1 April 2004
The decision to side with the US over oil flows through the Odessa-Brody pipeline hints at moves to appease the West. But political gamesmanship could yet swing the balance of favour back to Russia, writes NJ Watson
EU: Commission takes a back seat on electricity supply security
1 February 2004
The main topic on the energy agenda of the European Union (EU) in coming months will be security of electricity supply and infrastructure investments
Bold new production strategy
1 November 2003
The country has again appealed for international investors to help realise its upstream potential. The country’s minister of oil and gas industry and mineral resources, Tachberdy Tagiyev, spoke to Derek Brower about his targets and plans for the industry
Slow, but regular, progress
1 October 2003
In its three years in existence, the energy dialogue between the European Union (EU) and Russia has designed an ambitious programme of co-operation – but has not yet produced any major agreement. However, both sides claim slow, but regular, progress is being made, writes Helen Avati
The battle for market share
1 September 2003
The tantalising prospect of EU membership has accelerated the restructuring along Western lines of central and eastern Europe’s downstream oil markets. The reforms are nearly all in place, consigning Communist-era structures to the scrap-heap of history, writes Ivan Berenyi
Plans under pressure
1 September 2003
A struggle for mineral rent
1 August 2003
By ditching the PSA system, the Russian government and parliament are working against the national interest because it will result in a loss of tax revenues to the state. Only the opponents of the system stand to gain by its removal, writes Andrei Konoplianik, deputy general secretary of the Energy Charter Secretariat
Yukos under fire
1 August 2003
Eastern promise
1 July 2003
Russia aims to maintain its hold on European oil and gas export markets while forging further into the Asia-Pacific region. Plans for gas pipeline and LNG exports to China, Japan and South Korea are taking shape, but there is still uncertainty about the role the state will play, Isabel Gorst reports