The Former Soviet Union Oil & Gas Monitor (FSU OGM) was NewsBase’s first publication, and served as a template for our style, format and focus. It has been in publication since late 1998, with the 800th issue released in September 2014.
FSU OGM, published every Wednesday, offers comprehensive coverage of the former Soviet Union, focusing not only on Russia, the largest producer in the region, but also emerging players in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus as well as the geopolitical flashpoints of Ukraine and Belarus.
NewsBase is completely independent from any other news organisation. Our commentary, analysis and insight are exclusive to NewsBase customers and are not syndicated to any third party.
What, Why and What Next?
- Geopolitics and Markets – Russia and the other former Soviet republics are often viewed as remote and obscure, but FSU OGM sheds light on the vital role these countries play in world energy markets. It explains the region's status as a key player in the EU's energy planning, while also focusing on the progress of efforts to expand deliveries to Asia. Leading commentaries in recent years have covered the economic consequences of political unrest in Ukraine, efforts to open the Southern Gas Corridor between the Caspian Sea Basin and the EU, competition between Russia and Central Asia for access to the Chinese gas market and the continued rise in Russian liquids production.
- Interviews and Profiles – Our team of journalists and contributors in North America, Europe and the former Soviet republics has interviewed leading industry figures and analysts to provide greater insight into high-profile developments such as Russian oil and gas exports to Asia and the EU's efforts to secure alternative gas suppliers, as well as up-and-coming projects such as natural gas exploration in Tajikistan and Georgia, massive oil developments in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan's ambitious TAPI pipeline. We also include exclusive contributions from outside experts, along with Company Profiles, which seek to analyse individual firms' capabilities, political connections and investment priorities.
- Projects & Companies – FSU OGM highlights developments in all regions of the former Soviet Union and in all sectors of industry, from upstream exploration and production to midstream transportation and downstream refining and distribution. In order to offer our customers comprehensive coverage of the region, we seek to highlight the activities of oilfield service providers and smaller independent companies, as well as state-owned giants and multi-nationals. Our journalists on the ground have a wealth of local experience and are proficient in Russian and other languages in Central Asia, allowing us to provide an unparalleled level of industry coverage.
- Local Press – Our News in Brief section at the back of each issue also allows our customers to keep track of what the local press are saying in each region. Alongside local press cuttings, News in Brief also features occasional press releases from companies operating in the former Soviet Union.
Read our most recent FSUOGM Top Story.