Russia & CIS

U.S. Senators Weigh Additional Nord Stream 2 Sanctions

Two U.S. senators are considering leveraging additional sanctions against Gazprom's Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Ukraine's Odessa Receives First WTI Oil Cargo from U.S. — Sources

Ukraine's Odessa import facility received its first West Texas Intermediate oil cargo from the U.S. this week after futures prices turned negative last month.

Poland Expects Russia to Continue Gas Transit to Europe

Polish authorities expect that Russia's Gazprom will continue to transport gas through their country into Europe even after a transit deal between the two countries expired earlier this week.

Gazprom Begins Preparation for Power of Siberia-2

Russian gas giant Gazprom has begun a feasibility study for its Power of Siberia-2 natural gas pipeline.

Poland, Russia to Cut Decades-Old Gas Transit Ties

Poland will not be renewing its gas transit deal with Russia's Gazprom once their current deal expires later this month.

Germany Denies EU Waiver for Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Operators of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline were denied a waiver of EU regulations for the pipeline on Friday by German energy regulators.

Gazprom Natural Gas Exports Slump 19% in Q1 — Source

Citing weak demand, a source told Reuters that natural gas exports on Gazprom pipelines fell by nearly 20% in the first quarter.

Russian Pipelaying Vessel Reaches Baltic as Nord Stream 2 Target Looms

A Russian pipelaying vessel that could be used to complete construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany has arrived in the Baltic Sea.

CPC Oil Producers Eye New Transit Routes via Russia’s Transneft

Oil producers in Kazakhstan are seeking to divert flows away from the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) to systems owned by Russia's Transeft as CPC Blend margins fall.

Chevron Sells Azerbaijan Pipeline Assets

Chevron announced that its affiliate companies have sold their non-operating interests in the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) oil fields, including interests in two pipelines, to MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas for $1.57 billion.

Kazakhstan Pipeline Work Continues Despite Tengiz Slowdown

Kazakhstan's biggest oil producer has reduced some work on its $45 billion expansion project in the west of the country due to the coronavirus outbreak, but pipeline construction continues.

Russia's Rosneft Becomes Top Oil Supplier to Belarus

Russian state oil company Rosneft will be biggest oil supplier to Belarus this month, after Moscow and Minsk settled their oil price row, Belarus state energy company Belneftekhim said on Monday.

Kazakh Oil Producers Seek New Pipeline Route

Oil producers in Kazakhstan are looking for a new pipeline route to Baltic and Black sea export facilities.

U.S. Oil Output Set to Plunge as Storage Fills

Ultra-low oil prices and full storage tanks and pipelines will force an unprecedentedly fast decline in U.S. output this year as producers are forced to choke or shut old wells and cut back new drilling, writes market analyst John Kemp.

Gazprom Workers Leave Hospital After Negative Coronavirus Tests

Twenty Gazprom workers, who were airlifted to a hospital following a coronavirus scare last week, have been discharged after the tests came back negative, a Gazprom spokesman said on Monday.

Gazprom Isolates 20 Workers at Field Feeding Nord Stream Pipeline

Russian gas company Gazprom has isolated 20 workers at a major natural gas field which feeds the Nord Stream pipeline after one worker tested positive for the coronavirus.

Trump Says He Will Enter Saudi-Russia Oil Fray at Appropriate Time

President Trump has said he will get involved in the oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the 'appropriate time.'

German Court Rejects Last Obstacle to Nord Stream 2 Construction

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project cleared another legal hurdle in Germany last week.

CPC Pipeline Expansion in Doubt After Leadership Shakeup

The Caspian Pipeline Consortium expansion project is in question after its entire board was dissolved.

Kazakhstan Decreases Gas Supplies to China

Kazakhstan has reduced natural gas supplies to China by 20-25%, Energy Minister Nurlan Nogayev said on Wednesday, after importer PetroChina issued a force majeure notice to suppliers this month.

Russian Production Increase Limited by Export Constraints: Traders

Russia’s ability to quickly lift oil production following the collapse of a global agreement to cut is restrained by bottlenecks in exporting capacity, market sources said and Reuters calculations showed on Tuesday.

Poland Ready to Supply Belarus with Oil if Pipeline Upgraded

Poland is ready to supply Belarus with oil, but first needs to invest in its pipelines to enable reverse flows, Poland's minister responsible for energy infrastructure said on Wednesday.

China Imports 840 Million Cubic Meters of Gas Through Power of Siberia

China imported 840 million cubic meters of natural gas by Feb. 25 through the "Power of Siberia" pipeline, launched in December, or an average of 10 million cubic meters daily, state-run Xinhua news agency said late Wednesday.

Belarus Says More Azeri, Russian Oil Supplies Coming Soon

Belarusian state energy company Belneftekhim has signed a contract with Azerbaijan's SOCAR to receive two cargoes of oil totaling 160,000 tonnes, it said on Wednesday.

Russia Makes New Proposal to Belarus for Oil Supply Terms

A new proposal from Russia for oil supplies to Belarus offered a sign of potential progress between the two countries, which have failed to agree on terms since major Russian oil companies suspended pipeline deliveries.

China Resumes Construction on Mid Section of East-Route Pipeline

The middle section of the China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline project resumed construction in Jinzhou City, northeast China's Liaoning Province, on Wednesday.

Gazprom Stays Mum on Pipelaying Vessel for Nord Stream 2

The movement of a Russian pipelaying vessel from a port on the country’s east coast has prompted reports it may be en route to the Baltic Sea to resume construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, but its developers remained unwilling to discuss it Wednesday.

Belarus Threatens to Take Oil from Russian Transit Pipeline — Belta

Belarus will start taking oil from the Druzhba transit pipeline if Russia does not supply it with the required volumes of crude, the Belarusian president said on Friday, the state news agency Belta reported.

TurkStream Begins Gas Flows to Greece, North Macedonia

Russia is building TurkStream and doubling the capacity of NordStream across the Baltic Sea to Germany as part of plans to bypass Ukraine in its gas deliveries to Europe.

Bulgaria Starts Receiving Gas from TurkStream, Bypassing Ukraine

Bulgaria started receiving natural gas from Russia’s Gazprom via Turkey on January 1 and will no longer use the route through Ukraine and Romania, Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova said.