Opinion on Energy and Utilities in Russia

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A storm is brewing in the East despite temporary gas truce

The January 2006 Russia-Ukraine gas deal has been temporarily extended to the autumn; a temporary truce largely driven by Russia's position as chair of the G8. There are two events on the horizon with potentially serious implications for the reliability of gas supplies to Europe: Yulia Tymoshenko's appointment as Ukrainian prime minister, and Turkmenistan's decision to hike gas prices to Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2006
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Another 10 years of Norwegian gas for the UK

A 10-year GBP13bn agreement with Statoil, starting in 2015, will see 50 billion cubic meters of gas transported to the UK. The deal is a good move as it reduces UK dependence on Russian gas through European interconnectors. It is a shame, however, that Centrica is not investing more in the UK's North Sea oil and gas reserves, generating much needed tax revenue.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Nov 2011
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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

BP: strategy for growth lies outside the US

BP has demonstrated its new growth strategy in a share swap with Rosneft. Rosneft, an oil giant which is 75% owned by the Russian government, will take a $7.8bn slice of BP, which amounts to around 5%, while BP will increase its stake in Rosneft from 1.2% to 10.8%. A new joint venture will be set up between the companies to exploit Russian Arctic deepwater oil reserves in the South Kara Sea.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jan 2011
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Brinkmanship in Kiev and Moscow can only last so long

In stark contrast to their 2006 gas dispute, Ukraine's political leaders bear as much responsibility for the current standoff as their Russian counterparts. Although Kiev perhaps believes that it is in the country's best interests to continue delaying an agreement, such tactics are already eroding support for its situation in Western capitals.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2009
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CommentWire

Central Asian gas: Russia steps up competition for resources

The EU and Russia's only common ground on energy policy is that Europe wants the gas Russia has, but that is not enough to ensure security of supply in Europe's energy-starved future. President Putin's recent tour to secure new contracts in central Asia is symptomatic of a fundamental difference of opinion between the EU and Russia on how energy markets should be organized.

Published By Datamonitor
17 May 2007
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CommentWire

Centrica: pipes from the East

Centrica has reportedly indicated that it would consider buying some of Russia's export pipelines, should they become available. This may signal a strategic move behind the scenes by the British government to bolster bilateral negotiations with Moscow, rather than working through EU channels.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Feb 2006
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Changes afoot in Russian electricity and gas markets

Following the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian economy slumped and the demand for electricity and gas plummeted. While demand has revived during the economic recovery that began in the late 1990s, the years of neglect have affected the infrastructure of the Russian power industry to the point that without private investment, a lack of capacity may place a cap on further economic growth.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2005
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China signs multiple energy supply contracts to boost security of supply

China National Petroleum Corporation has signed deals with Russian state-owned companies Rosneft and Transneft for crude oil supplies, while China National Offshore Oil Corporation has formed an LNG supply agreement with BG Group. China's recent energy supply deals show the importance it places on maintaining security of supply and other developing economies would be wise to follow this example.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2009
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Chinese power imports plan will boost Russian energy dominance

As the world's largest gas producer and the source of a third of Europe's gas imports, the dominance of Russia on the global energy stage is undisputed. Plans to construct a number of coal-fired power stations along the Russian/Chinese border will serve to increase this dominance, further boosting the continued rise of the energy superpower.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2006

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