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Falling Oil Prices Threaten Iran’s Nuclear Programme

5 November 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

Falling oil prices and the threat of sanctions have given the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) greater negotiating power in their talks with Iran. Iran needs to reach an agreement by 24 November to avoid further sanctions on its economy, which is already suffering from a combination of...

The Economic and Strategic Goals of Modi’s Energy Reforms

5 November 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

The removal of India’s diesel subsidies caused a price drop, bringing it in line with global prices. On the other hand, increased gas prices will drive new capital investment and could be used to subsidise state-owned oil and gas projects, some of which are in the South China Sea. Background The global price of crude...

Coal Seam Gas Mining on Agricultural Land – The Fork in the Road for Australia’s ‘Transitional’ Economy?

5 November 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

The recently-released Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper outlines the concerns of farmers over the impact of mining operations in agricultural areas. As Coal Seam Gas (CSG) operations intensify in rural areas of Queensland and New South Wales, the federal government must back the paper’s commitment to protect the sustainability Australia’s farmland and water assets. Background CSG...

India Takes Steps to Transform its Coal Industry

29 October 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

India plans to transform its coal industry by denationalising and eliminating the corruption within it. The transformation is not complete, however, with the state still protecting its virtual monopoly on this critically important yet stagnant sector. Background On 24 September the Indian Supreme Court ruled that 214 of the 218 coal blocks allocated to private...

Oil Oversupply Highlights Discord within OPEC

15 October 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

Oversupply, slowing demand, a strong US dollar, and OPEC discord as to what to do about these factors are culminating in sliding oil prices. Wealthy Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, will likely push to maintain current output and oil prices will continue to slide. Background The price of oil is at a multi-year low. A...

India’s Nuclear Co-operation with Global Institutions could Presage a New Nuclear Alignment with the West

On 1 October Indian delegates met their American counterparts in Washington to restart the stalled nuclear co-operation between the two countries. The development comes as part of a positive global response to India’s growing nuclear transparency. Background The United States and India have convened a new Contact Group charged with navigating the technical and legal...

Mutual Benefits in the Bay of Bengal

24 September 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

Bangladesh is in a position to benefit greatly from generous Japanese loans and expertise, as Japan exercises its BIG-B initiative in the Bay of Bengal. This plan is the gateway to a proactive foreign policy for south and south-east Asia, focused on trade and development. Background The common energy trend in developing countries shows demand...

Risk and Opportunity in Mozambique Natural Gas Sector

17 September 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

Mozambique must prioritise legislative reforms, including transparency, to balance domestic needs and the interests of foreign businesses. Its ambitious LNG export development has a market, but should be insulated from potential domestic issues, such as corruption and civil conflict. Background Proven gas deposits in Mozambique have skyrocketed in recent years, up from 4.5 trillion cubic...

Australia set for Uranium Exports to India after Talks between Prime Ministers

10 September 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

Australia’s agreement to export uranium to India will be a major boost for both Australian exports and Indian civil nuclear development. India is seeking to move away from costly fossil fuels, especially highly-polluting coal-based imports, towards a more balanced and robust energy mix, including a civil nuclear programme. Summary Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and...

Oman-Iran Pipeline Deal Complicates Gulf Relations

10 September 2014 | Other FDI Reports SWA Articles

The Oman-Iran natural gas pipeline deal is a complication for Saudi hegemony in the Gulf, but it is helping to satisfying Omani energy needs. The cautious political manoeuvring aids Oman’s economic and security interests, without hugely violating the interests of Saudi Arabia and the United States, but it will not help to ease the regional...

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