GAZPROM'S INVESTMENT - 2018: RUB 1,278.830 BLN
GAZPROM - The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the Company's preliminary operating results for 2017 and the projected investment program and budget (financial plan) for 2019–2020.
The Management Committee also approved the Company's draft investment program and budget (financial plan) for 2018.
Pursuant to Gazprom's draft investment program for 2018, the overall amount of investments will stand at RUB 1,278.830 billion, with RUB 798.428 billion intended for capital investments, RUB 40.983 billion for the acquisition of non-current assets, and RUB 439.419 billion for long-term financial investments.
In line with Gazprom's draft budget (financial plan), the external financial borrowings will total RUB 416.971 billion. The approved financial plan will provide for a full coverage of the Company's liabilities without a deficit.
The information about Gazprom's preliminary operating results for 2017, the drafts of the Company's investment program and budget (financial plan) for 2018, and the projected investment program and budget (financial plan) for 2019–2020 will be submitted to the Gazprom Board of Directors.
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REUTERS - Brent LCOc1 futures fell 43 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $79.14 a barrel by 0218 GMT, after climbing 35 cents on Tuesday. Last week, the global benchmark hit $80.50 a barrel, the highest since November 2014. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures eased 25 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $71.95 a barrel, having climbed on Tuesday to $72.83 a barrel, the highest since November 2014.
FT - Most oil majors can now cover dividends and capital expenditure at prices around $50 per barrel, meaning that, at $80, they make a healthy surplus.
EIA - The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2017, reaching a record high. The United States has been the world's top producer of natural gas since 2009, when U.S. natural gas production surpassed that of Russia, and the world's top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013, when U.S. production exceeded Saudi Arabia’s. Since 2008, U.S. petroleum and natural gas production has increased by nearly 60%.
PLATTS - China became the largest contributor to global LNG consumption growth in 2017. It surpassed South Korea as the world's second largest LNG importer and its share of global LNG demand is expected to converge with that of Japan by 2030.