RUSSIAN TERMINAL CANCELED
Rotterdam, Europe's largest port, said on Thursday that plans to build a Russian-backed 3 million cubic meter oil storage terminal had been canceled after its Russian partner raised concerns over the project's feasibility.
The project, announced four years ago by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, was intended to store Urals crude oil and oil products and was hailed at the time as testimony to strong trade relations between the two countries.
In a statement on its website, the port said partner Shtandart TT, owned by Russian investment firm Summa Group, had wanted to reopen discussions on the schedule and quantities of oil products to be stored at the terminal.
"Shtandart TT has recently initiated discussions on the feasibility of the project, which have led to the decision to terminate the joint project," the port said, adding the site was now available for development by other parties.
In a statement Summa said the decision to terminate the contract reflected the changed macroeconomic situation and oil market conditions. It said it remained in a "good relationship" with the port and continued to own a bunker business there.
Relations between Russia and Europe have cooled dramatically since the outbreak of a separatist war involving Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine over two years ago, and especially since the downing of a passenger airliner over rebel-held territory a year ago, with almost 200 Dutch citizens aboard.
Russian energy companies' financial positions have also become more precarious since the signing of the deal in 2011, as the energy export-dependent economy has been hit hard by a precipitous decline in oil prices.
Under the agreement with Rotterdam, Shtandart would have paid 170 million euros ($185 million) a year to lease the terminal over the next 30 years and the terminal would have generated a further 22 million euros in harbor fees each year, Dutch media reported.
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NPD - Preliminary production figures for September 2017 show an average daily production of 1 772 000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate, which is a decrease of 171 000 barrels per day compared to August.
Средняя цена на нефть Urals за период мониторинга с 15 сентября по 14 октября 2017 года составила $55,55881 за баррель, или $405,6 за тонну.
Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $58.16 at 0643 GMT, up 28 cents, or 0.5 percent from their last close - and almost a third above mid-year levels. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $52.03 per barrel, up 15 cents, or 0.3 percent, and almost a quarter above mid-June levels.
Александр Новак отметил рост основных показателей всех отраслей энергетики в прошлом году: «Мы имеем рекордные показатели за прошлый год по добыче нефти, угля. Идёт рост добычи и экспорту газа, в том числе в Европу на уровне 15 процентов. По углю мы наблюдаем рост добычи даже больше уровня прошлого рекордного года. Также отмечается рост производства электроэнергии на 2%, что говорит об оживлении экономики».