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Omid Shokri Kalehsar

Senior energy security analyst, PhD Candidate in International Relations. His primary research interest is in the area of energy diplomacy, geopolitics of energy, Iran–Russia relations and Iran-Turkey relations. Follow him at @ushukrik / uskenergy.com (USA)

Expert materials

Tanker Insurance Cancellations threaten Iranian energy sector

Tanker Insurance Cancellations threaten Iranian energy sector

The US’ withdrawal from the JCPOA and declaration of a new set of sanctions has been hard to swallow for those planning Iran’s energy sector, as they had been relying on the deal as a means of revivifying Iran’s oil and gas production capacity
The Challenges and Opportunities of Iranian LNG Projects

The Challenges and Opportunities of Iranian LNG Projects

Over the past few decades, the share of natural gas in the global fuel basket has grown considerably. All predictions point to gas becoming the largest source of energy in the world, reaching over 28% by 2035. At present, countries such as US, Russia, Australia have made huge investments aiming to take a higher share of the LNG market.
Turkey’s Renewable Energy Potential

Turkey’s Renewable Energy Potential

As a country with a strong dependence on oil and gas imports, Turkey is pursuing a developmental strategy for domestic resources which includes a renewable energy agenda alongside increases in nuclear and coal facilities. Turkey’s growing energy demand make a reliable supply of multiple resource streams a necessity.
Sino-Iranian Energy Relations in light of new sanctions

Sino-Iranian Energy Relations in light of new sanctions

Energy, mainly from oil exports, is one the main foundations on which Sino-Iranian relations are built. China’s growing economy needs energy from reliable sources, and Iran’s huge oil and natural gas reserves go a long way towards covering the surplus in demand. By 2017, the bilateral volume of trade amounted to around $37.2 billion – massively in China’s favor.
LNG and Turkey’s Energy Security

LNG and Turkey’s Energy Security

The shale gas revolution had provided the US with an opportunity not only to become energy efficient, but also a natural gas exporter. US interests in energy exports hinges on boosting relations with neighbors and allies. Turkey’s growing economy and equally increasing energy demands make it a good candidate for US liquified natural gase (LNG) supplies. At present, Turkey imports most of its natural gas from Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan.
Iran-Turkey Energy Relations After US Withdraw JCPOA

Iran-Turkey Energy Relations After US Withdraw JCPOA

With the onset of EU/US sanctions on Iran's energy sector, the country’s oil and gas production capacity decreased dramatically. Following the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), however, is was hoped that the country would be provided with an opportunity to attract more foreign investment, not least that which would allow it to recover its oil and gas production capacity.
Identifying and Explaining Geopolitical Opportunities of Energy (Oil and Gas) as part of a Long-Term Strategy for Iran and Russia

Identifying and Explaining Geopolitical Opportunities of Energy (Oil and Gas) as part of a Long-Term Strategy for Iran and Russia

Lifting sanctions in the wake of the Iranian nuclear deal opened large opportunities for resource-rich Iran to bring its long-stagnant industry up to date. Most of the oil fields in Iran are in the second half of their production capabilities, with the productivity of wells decreasing by 8% annually.