Amit Bhandari

Amit Bhandari

Fellow, Energy & Environment Studies Programme

Amit has worked in the business media and financial markets for over a decade. He started his career with Economic  Times,  where he tracked the energy sector. He was a part of the start up team of ET Now, the business news channel. Amit  was  responsible for setting up India Reality Research, a new research outfit within CLSA India, a stock broking firm. He  has  also worked with Deccan Chronicle Group as the business editor for their general dailies. He holds an Masters in Business Administration from IIM- Ahmedabad and a Bachelors degree in Technology from IT-BHU.  Download high-res bio image
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Geopolitics of energy sources and supplies, energy technology and global energy markets

Last modified: September 1, 2017

Recent projects

An engineer of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) works inside the Kalol oil field in Gujarat September 12, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files Courtesy: Amit Dave (Reuters)
16 June 2015 Gateway House

Rosneft-Essar deal

Conjecture about a Rosneft-Essar deal shows how the oil market dynamics have shifted in the past few years. Just as supply security is important to oil buyers, demand security is crucial for oil suppliers. Buying refining and marketing assets in big markets like India is the route to demand security for Russia, whose economy depends on petroleum exports.

Modi on a plane Courtesy: MEA Flickr
21 May 2015 Gateway House

Modi’s global quest for clean energy

A common thread during Modi’s recent visits to China, Mongolia, and South Korea—as well as on his visits to other countries over the last year—is an attempt to move India away from coal and towards cleaner forms of energy such as solar power, natural gas, and nuclear energy. This signals a more responsible approach to development

Horse hill Courtesy: Alamy
14 April 2015 Gateway House

The United Kingdom of Oil

UK may be on its way to becoming a petro state, again, on back of an oil discovery that may be a whopping 100 billion barrels. The world is awash with cheap energy, and Indian companies need to seize the opportunity to acquire upstream energy assets.
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9 April 2015 Gateway House

How the Iran deal impacts India

If the sanctions against Iran are eased following the April 2 agreement with the P5+1 on the country’s nuclear programme, it will increase global oil and gas supplies, bringing stability to energy markets. It could also resolve the issue of the Farsi Block in Iran, where further exploration of gas by Indian companies has been held back
livemint Courtesy: Livemint
30 January 2015 Livemint

Decoding the nuclear deal for Indian business

Amit Bhandari, Author, Energy and Environment Fellow, Gateway House has written an article on the nuclear deal agreement between Obama and Modi which cleared two hurdles during Obama's three day visit to India for Indian Republic Day. This article was published by Livemint

Nuclear plant_2 Courtesy: indilens.com
30 January 2015 Gateway House

Decoding the nuclear deal for business

The India-U.S. nuclear agreement represents a $17 billion opportunity for Indian business. It will also help India secure fuel for its indigenous reactors, and contribute to cheap and plentiful energy. But a major concern remains—will these projects be efficiently executed?
ONGC with Rosneft Courtesy: RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service
16 January 2015 Gateway House

Should ONGC buy Rosneft?

A fall in oil prices has pushed down the values of oil companies globally, giving India a rare chance to acquire assets cheap and hedge its economy against future increases in energy prices. There are plenty of plum assets to pick from—such as Rosneft, the state-owned Russian oil major
Coal India Courtesy: wikimedia.org
6 January 2015 Gateway House

Hostage taking by unions

The five-day strike threatened by Coal India’s unions has driven home the risks India faces due to excessive dependence on a single company. The Indian economy needs to be secured against such blackmail by diversifying—using more gas and hydropower, and by getting other public sector firms such as NTPC into coal mining

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