Russia & CIS

Chevron Tightens Belt Again with Billions in Spending Cuts

Chevron has cut billions off its long-term capital and exploratory budget, even after a major restructuring of its operations, but plans more Permian and GOM spending in 2022.

China Launches 685-Mile Section of Natural Gas Pipeline

Operations have started on the middle portion of the China-Russia East natural gas pipeline, allowing natural gas from the Power of Siberia system in Russia to be transmitted to a smog-prone region in northern China.

Gazprom Swings to Q3 Net Loss of $3.3B, Raises 2020 Exports Outlook

Russian gas giant Gazprom reported a loss of 251.3 billion roubles ($3.3 billion) for the third quarter due to the weak rouble, the company said on Monday, while it also raised its outlook for gas exports to Europe, a key source of revenue.

Nord Stream 2 to Resume Pipelaying This Year

Russia's Nord Stream 2 said it plans to resume pipelaying work on the short, final stretch of the stalled Moscow-backed gas pipeline to Europe, in spite of U.S. sanctions.

Norway's DNV GL Suspends Nord Stream 2 Work over U.S. Sanctions Fear

Norway's risk management and quality assurance firm DNV GL said it has suspended work on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project led by Russia's Gazprom for fear of being sanctioned by the United States.

Belarus Plans to Raise Pipeline Tariff on Russian Oil by 25%

Belarus has proposed to increase a tariff it charges Russia for oil transit to Europe by a quarter, raising the stakes in oil supply talks complicated by political upheaval in Minsk, three oil industry sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Russia's Novatek Starts LNG Ship-to-Ship Operations in Murmansk

Russian gas producer Novatek has started ship-to-ship loadings of LNG near the northern port of Murmansk, following U.S. pressure to stop terminal deliveries in Norway.

Russia's Payments to Belarus for Contaminated Oil Still Unresolved

Russia and Belarus have yet to resolve differences over compensation for contaminated oil supplies last year, with the issue linked to a broader dispute between the ex-Soviet republics, industry sources said.

Global News

OPEC Predicts Oil Demand to Plateau in Late 2030s World oil demand will plateau in the late 2030s and could by then have begun to decline, OPEC said, in a major shift for the producer group that reflects the lasting impact of the coronavirus crisis on the economy and consumer habits.  ..

Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Included in U.S. Defense Bill

Sanctions that could hinder one of Moscow's most important projects in Europe, the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, have been included in the annual U.S. defense policy bill, two congressional aides said on Wednesday.

Russia's Gazprom Proposes Gas Price Rise for Poland

Poland's dominant gas company PGNiG said its biggest supplier, Russia's Gazprom , had proposed increasing prices for its gas in an existing long-term delivery deal, at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and Warsaw.

Energy Leaders Leave Door Open to More Cuts as Virus Spikes

Saudi Arabia's energy minister said Monday that global energy producers have the ability to tweak an agreement on production cuts that could be extended through the end of 2022, signaling the anticipation of continued weakened demand for oil as the coronavirus pandemic peaks again in Europe and the United States

Oil Pipeline Catches Fire in Western Siberia

A pipeline at an oilfield operated by a subsidiary of Gazpromneft, the oil arm of Russian gas producer Gazprom, burst and caught fire early on Saturday.

Azerbaijan to Proceed with Gas Pipeline Extension, Despite War

Azerbaijan will press ahead with plans to feed natural gas into an extended pipeline network to southern Europe, a senior official said, even as conflict rages for a sixth week in the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Gazprom Files Appeal in Poland Against Hefty Nord Stream 2 Fine

Gazprom filed an appeal in a court in Poland on Wednesday to challenge a hefty fine imposed on it for its part in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the Russian gas producer said.

Russia's Gazprom Seeks More Capacity to Transport Gas Through Ukraine — Naftogaz

The head of Ukraine's state natural gas firm Naftogaz said Russia's Gazprom has approached them seeking to book more transport capacity on its natural gas pipelines to Europe.

Nord Stream 2 Pipe-Laying Vessel Nears Project Hub

A Russian pipe-laying vessel, expected to help complete the $11 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline, is heading towards a pipeline storage yard for the project in Germany, according to ship-tracking data.

Belarus Resumes Pipeline Transit of Russian Oil to Poland

Belarus resumed transit of Russian oil to Poland, after pipeline operator PERN said it had to temporarily suspend flows due to local power-supply issues.

BP Says Trans Adriatic Pipeline to be Ready by End of 2020

BP said it expects to begin shipping natural gas on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline by the end of 2020.

New Gas Pipeline Could Heat up Azeri-Russian Rivalry

Strained Azeri-Russian ties are facing further pressure from the launch of a major gas pipeline this year that could squeeze Moscow's gas sales to Europe.

Top Shipping Insurance Group Will Not Cover Ships Linked to Nord Stream 2

The world's largest group of shipping insurers will not insure vessels involved in the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream gas pipeline projects because of the threat of U.S. sanctions.

Germany Offered to Build LNG Terminals to Avert U.S. Pipeline Sanctions - Die Zeit

A new report from a German newspaper says that the country told the U.S. it would spend $1.2 billion to build two LNG terminals in exchange for not imposing sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

German State Leader Says Nord Stream 2 Should not be Used to Punish Russia

The leader of the German state where the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is to come onshore has said the pipeline should not be used as punishment against the Kremlin for the poisoning of a ciritc of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Part 2: Background of the Ukraine’s Mega-Challenges

Since 2014, Ukraine has undertaken considerable reforms to reinforce macroeconomic stability and bolster the foundations of growth. After a significant contraction in 2014-2015, economic growth has picked up (2.4% in 2016-2017, 3.5% in 2018-2019). However, higher sustained economic growth is needed to deliver a durable improvement in living standards.

German Chancellor Dampens Talk of Halting Nord Stream 2 — Party Sources

German Chancellor Angela Merkel downplayed the possibility of halting Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline in response to the poisoning of a top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Merkel Doesn't Rule Out Sanctions on Nord Stream 2

Chancellor Angela Merkel does not rule out imposing sanctions on a pipeline set to bring Russian gas to Germany in response to the suspected poisoning of a Kremlin critic with a Soviet-style nerve agent, her chief spokesman said on Monday.

Hungary Signs Gas Deal with Shell, its First in the West

Hungary has signed a six-year deal to purchase 250 million cubic meters of LNG from Shell, its first gas deal with a western company.

Germany Pressed to Rethink Nord Stream 2 Pipeline After Navalny Poisoning

The German government is feeling pressure to dampen its support for the Kremlin's Russia-Germany Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline after a major political opponent to Russian President Vladimir Putin was confirmed to have been poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent.

Russia's Lukoil Suspends Uzbek Gas Exports to China Due to Weak Demand

An official from Russia's Lukoil said in a conference call on Friday the company has suspended gas deliveries to China from its projects in Uzbekistan due to weak demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Greece, Bulgaria Hail Deal Targeting Russia Gas Dominance

Greece and Bulgaria sought to reduce their reliance on Russian gas with the signing Monday of an agreement that will allow Bulgaria to participate in a planned LNG terminal in northeastern Greece.