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Repsol-Lukoil tie-up remains plausible

In late November 2008 Datamonitor suggested that, although unlikely, the chances of Lukoil's bid for a stake in Repsol YPF succeeding were not as remote as many assumed due to two potential developments: shareholders' desperation to offload their stake in Repsol, and Lukoil's capacity to absorb them. By these measures, the deal now appears to have become more likely.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2009
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Russian utility sector: no single pathway to reform

The Russian parliament has approved a timetable for the break-up of RAO UES, the country's electricity monopoly. However, the importance of gas exports for Russia's balance of payments means that the gas giant Gazprom will not be touched for several years yet. Datamonitor's Mikhail Masokin explores the ramifications for Russia's energy industry...

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2003
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Valentine's Day: say it with...chocolates

Valentine's is traditionally a day of love and romance, though cynics would call it a money-spinning dream for the producers of flowers and chocolates. Whatever the reasons, chocolate is big business. Datamonitor's Joanne Birtwistle looks at the global popularity of chocolate, for Valentine's and otherwise...<BR /><BR />

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2003
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CommentWire

BP: Russia targeted in reviewed strategy

BP's reviewed strategy is to be spearheaded by a joint venture with Russian group AAR. The company's announcement of below-target, yet competitive, results was overshadowed by the possible $13-16 billion combination of TNK and Sidanco. BP must, however, leverage all its experience to unlock the full potential of Russian oil.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Feb 2003
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CommentWire

Avtovaz: Lada's rocky road ahead

As the foreign second hand car market threatens Lada's domination in Russia, Avtovaz has initiated a crisis production plan, cutting manufacture by 44%. The Russian government has tackled this domestic problem by increasing import duties. Avtovaz would be wise to continue it's development plans and not rely on the government's help alone.<BR /><BR />

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jan 2003
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Gazprom: putting its house in order

In a bid to streamline its gas sales operations, Gazprom is taking over the gas supply contracts to regional distribution companies and introducing steps to tighten payment discipline. These moves should help reduce the company's uncomfortable reliance on exports and borrowed money.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jan 2003
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Murmansk pipeline: oil be damned

In last Friday's meeting with Russia's top oil executives, Prime Minister Kasyanov appears to have ruled out any construction of privately-owned strategic oil pipelines, reiterating the state monopoly on oil transportation. Unless a compromise can be found, a major exports diversification program will have to be shelved.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jan 2003
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CommentWire

Slavneft: auctioned for a pittance

The state-held 75% stake in Slavneft, one of Russia's largest oil companies, has been sold to a partnership led by its privately owned competitor Sibneft. With several would-be contenders barred from bidding, the final $1.86 billion price scarcely reflects the company's true value.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Dec 2002
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Russian oil: finding a new outlet

Four of Russia's largest oil companies have announced plans to build an oil export facility on the country's Arctic coast by 2007. The new oil terminal will allow Russia to export up to 80 million metric tons of crude to the US each year - boosting its export potential, but also potentially heralding a important shift in the balance of global oil power.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Nov 2002
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Slavneft: possibly Russia's last big privatization

The majority shareholding in Slavneft, one of Russia's leading vertically integrated oil companies, is coming up for tender on 18 December. This will almost complete the privatization of the country's oil industry and pave the way for greater influx of foreign capital.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Nov 2002

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