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.
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
Geopolitics of energy sources and supplies, energy technology and global energy markets
Last modified: February 7, 2018
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
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
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?
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
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
The India-Russia nuclear agreement envisages 12 nuclear reactors to be built in India. These will help India shift its energy mix towards nuclear power, which is cheaper than coal and less polluting
Space exploration may take a hit as terrestrial politics plays spoilsport with the U.S. government spearheading a sanctions programme against Russia. With China pursuing an independent space programme of its own, Russia’s departure from the effort may mark the beginning of a divided space once again after the Cold War
Last week, petroleum prices reached a five-year low, and the fall is likely to last as new production and alternative sources enter the market. India, which has a huge petroleum products bill, now has a chance to shock-proof its economy, diversify dependence away from West Asia, and become energy-efficient
On 12 November the U.S. President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a climate a deal to reduce green house gases by 2030. Amit Bhandari, Energy and Environment Fellow, Gateway House, comments on the impact of the deal on India's position on climate change negotiations going forward.