Energy

Nuclear power looms as election issue

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With four of Sweden’s 10 nuclear reactors shut down over security reviews last Friday, anti-nuclear parties moved to cash in politically on the issue ahead of elections due September 17, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported....

OMV discovers second oil well in Tunisia

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Austria’s OMV Aktiengesellschaft, Central Europe’s leading oil and gas group, has announced a discovery and successful testing of oil and gas in its Nawara 1 exploration well in the Jenein Sud Exploration Permit in...

CNPC buys 500 mln worth of Rosneft shares

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China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has bought 66.2252 million shares of the Russian oil company Rosneft for 500 million Euro, a source with the CNPC management told Interfax. “Earlier reports disseminated by a number...

EC could decide on PKN Orlen by early 2007

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PKN Orlen general director Igor Chalupec said last week that the European Commission would make a decision on the Polish oil company acquiring a stake in Mazeikiu Nafta no later than the first quarter...

Gazprom to buy Gazpromneft stake from YUKOS

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Gazprom has made an offer to YUKOS to buy the oil company’s 20 percent stake in Gazprom Neft for 1.3 billion Euro-1.9 billion Euro, Interfax has learned from several independent sources, which are...

Shell aims for asset exchange with Gazprom by year-end

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Royal Dutch Shell hopes to complete a deal by the end of the year, which will result in Gazprom receiving 25 percent, plus one share in the Sakhalin-2 project, and the Anglo-Dutch company receiving...

High oil prices hold steady on economic concerns, Mideast fighting

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Crude oil prices were steady last Friday as traders were closely monitoring the fighting in the Middle East and following comments by the US Federal Reserve chief that surging energy prices are crimping economic...

Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline launched on the heels of BTC

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Following the grand opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, its masterminds, elated by success, announced the launching of new projects. And the new projects extend beyond the trans-Caspian gas pipeline that is going to...

Yukos demand letter sent to Russian federation

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The US law firm Covington & Burling LLP has sent a demand letter to the Russian Federation on behalf of a Spanish client seeking to recover the value of its investment in Yukos from...

Gazprom board okays Karachaganak venture

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The Gazprom executive board has approved setting up a Russian-Kazakh joint venture at the Karachganak gas condensate field, Gazprom said in a press release. The board said it was feasible to set up on equal...

Grand opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline

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Last week, the small Turkish port town of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean Sea hosted a solemn ceremony of a landmark project - the launching of the USD four billion Baku - Tbilisi - Ceyhan...

SOCAR, Target Petroleum, Firstdrill establish JV

Azeri state oil company, Canada’s Target Petroleum and Scotland’s Firstdrill Ltd. have signed an agreement to set up the joint drilling venture Azeri Drilling Company, Firstdrill said in a press release. The joint venture...

Gazprom hopes to increase stake in Wingas by year-end

Russian gas giant Gazprom hopes by the end of the year to increase its stake in the joint venture with Wintershall - Wingas - to 50 percent minus one share from 35 percent, Gazprom...

Environmentalists accuse Sakhalin Energy of violations

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has said that Sakhalin Energy, the operator of the Sakhalin-2 project, is violating its commitment to protect the Okhotsk-Korean grey whale population during construction of an oil...

US calls for transparency in gas supplies to Europe

Transparency in gas supplies from Central Asia and Russia to Europe through Ukraine will improve the effectiveness of gas cooperation in the region, US Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor said. Transparency will help make...

Oil exports from Azerbaijan increase 62% in H1

Oil exports from Azerbaijan in January-June 2006 amounted to 8.979 million tonnes, up 61.7 percent year-on-year, a source in Azeri state oil company SOCAR said. The Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli operator Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC) exported...

Turkmenistan offers Burren Energy gas partnership

Turkmen President Saparmurad Niyazov has suggested that Britain’s Burren Energy discuss possible partnership in the gas sector, the presidential press service said. This offer was made during a Tuesday meeting between Niyazov and Burren...

LUKoil plans to supply “base oil” to foreign companies

LUKoil is planning to sell base oil to foreign oil and gas companies, although not through spot contracts, but long-term ones, Maxim Donde, general director of LLK International, a LUKoil subsidiary, told reporters last...

TNK-BP selling Udmurtneft to Sinopec for USD 3.5 bln

TNK-BP is selling 96.9 percent of its Udmurtneft production unit to China’s Sinopec for approximately USD 3.5 billion, the Russian-British oil major said in a memorandum for its Eurobond issue. The parties have signed...

IPO could value Rosneft at USD 70 billion

Rosneft’s Initial Price Offer could value the oil company at around USD 70 billion, investment bankers told Interfax. The price range for the global IPO is USD 5.85-7.85 per common share and GDR. A...

Iran to begin initial phase of Euro-based oil bourse in Sept.

Iran will start the initial phase of its planned Iranian oil bourse at the end of September, the news agency ISNA reported last Wednesday. An unnamed oil ministry official told ISNA that his ministry...

KazMunaiGaz closes purchase of PetroKazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company KazMunaiGaz has closed the purchase of 33 percent of PetroKazakhstan from China National petroleum Corporation (CNPC). The company also signed papers on the establishment of a joint venture...

SOCAR to attract credit to develop Shah Deniz

Azeri state oil company SOCAR plans to attract a credit to finance its share in the project to develop the Shah Deniz field, SOCAR vice president for Investment and Marketing Eduard Nasirov said on...

Gazprom boosts net profit 49% in 2005

Russian gas giant Gazprom’s net profits in 2005 surged 49 percent to over 311 billion rubles (USD 11.6 billion), the company reported last Friday. Despite the strong rise, the figure was short of the...

NEGP company’s Switzerland headquarters opens for business

The headquarters of North European Gas Pipeline Company SA (NEGP Company) - the operator for the construction of the marine section of the North European Gas Pipeline (NEGP) - started to operate in Zug,...

Gazprom, Naftogaz agree on underground storage volumes

Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz have agreed that it will be sufficient for Ukraine to pump 16 billion cubic metres of gas into underground storage to get through the autumn and winter period and that...

Petronas to pump USD 12 mln into exploration in Uzbekistan

Malaysia’s Petronas plans to invest USD 12 million in oil and gas exploration in Uzbekistan this year, a source at Uzbek national oil and gas company Uzbekneftegaz told Interfax last Friday. The source said...

Solar energy heads for bright future in Germany

With the high monetary and environmental cost of fossil fuels, Germans are investing in the sun for alternative energy, thanks to generous government subsidies that pay people for solar power they feed into the...

International push for clean coal effort looks for US home

An unusual international alliance of private companies and governments is slated to choose a US site for the world’s cleanest coal-fuelled power plant, called FutureGen, by summer 2007. The alliance includes the governments of...

Worldwide push for wind power whips up huge currents

County Cork in south-western Ireland offers the kind of picture-book landscape straight from a tourism brochure - gently rolling hills, picturesque villages with colourful pubs, and cattle and sheep grazing in pretty pastures. But...

Nuclear power has renaissancefor European countries

Soaring oil prices, uncertain Russian energy supplies and fears of global warming are fuelling a European and global nuclear renaissance just two decades after the Chernobyl disaster shook faith in atomic power. Fears of...

Liquefied gas offers alternative to Russian pipeline

After years of receiving all their gas by pipeline from the North Sea and Russia, the German gas-distribution industry is mulling a plan to diversify supply by building a terminal that could offload liquefied...

Hungary and Gazprom agree on extending Blue Stream

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Hungarian oil and gas firm MOL last Wednesday signed a deal with Russian gas monopoly Gazprom on extending the Blue Stream gas pipeline from Turkey to Europe. As part of the deal, Gazprom will...

Total upbeat about LUKoil’s inclusion in Kharyaga

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French oil concern Total is positive about the possibility of Russia’s LUKoil joining a project to develop the Kharyaga oil field in Nenets autonomous district, Total E&P Russia President Jean-Pierre Dolla told Interfax. Earlier a...

YUKOS proposes own sale to Rosneft

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Sale of the bankrupt Russian oil company YUKOS to the state giant Rosneft is the “most sensible step” toward its preservation, the former oil major’s chairman Viktor Gerashchenko said in Moscow last Wednesday. “All...

Hydrogen Fuel Cells: political pipedream or real possibility?

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Hydrogen - one of the most abundant elements - can be harnessed to produce energy because of its instability. But that same quality, which helps it produce energy when it combines with oxygen, provides...

Peak oil fears drive search for alternatives at the pump

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Scientists scrambling for better ways to fuel the world’s automotive fleet are racing against an uncertain deadline - the date when the Earth runs out of easily obtained crude oil. Experts, including some in...