Archive for the ‘Azerbaijan’ Category

Has the Trans-Caspian Pipeline’s Time Finally Arrived?

Via The National Interest, an article on the Trans-Caspian Pipeline which is intended to transport Central Asia’s vast natural gas resources to European energy markets via the Southern Gas Corridor: Since the United States first suggested the project in 1996, construction of the undersea Trans-Caspian Pipeline (TCP) has remained on the agenda without completion. TCP […]

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Azerbaijan and The Diversification of Europe’s Natural Gas Supply

Via Foreign Policy Association, a look at the role Azerbaijan can play in the diversification of Europe’s natural gas supply: It was recently reported that the Shah Deniz consortium has commenced natural gas deliveries to Europe.  Shahmar Hajiyev, an AIR Center expert, noted, “This is very important because Azerbaijan became the first country to supply […]

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In the Caspian Region, China Is Just Getting Started

Via The Frontier Post, an article on China’s growing influence in Central Asia and the Caspian region: The collapse of the Soviet Union allowed China to envision a land-based trade and energy network that would be free from dependence on Russia or the United States. Now, amid conflicts in the South China Sea and Taiwan […]

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Renewed Hope For Trans-Caspian Pipeline To Europe?

Via the Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting, an article on how a landmark deal between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan may finally facilitate pipeline to Europe – if the Europeans are still interested: The Dostluk oilfield is located in the middle of the Turkmen-Azerbaijani sea border.  The breakthrough agreement between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan to jointly explore and […]

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Deep-Water friendship: Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan Bury Caspian Sea Hatchet

Via Upstream Online, a report on how Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have agreed to join forces in exploring and developing contested deep-water block as relations have warmed: Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have agreed to settle decades-long claims on a large oil and gas block in the Caspian Sea, with new plans for joint operations in the region. […]

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China Could Ultimately Displace Western Majors as Key Player in Caspian Oil Fields

Via The Jamestown Foundation, an interesting commentary on whether China can play a bigger role in the Caspian’s petroleum future: Twenty-six years ago, on September 20, 1994, Azerbaijan signed an accord with a consortium of ten international oil companies to develop its fields on the Caspian Shelf, an event that both Baku and the West […]

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