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2018-01-12 12:50:00

RUSSIAN GAS RETURNING

RUSSIAN GAS RETURNING

BLOOMBERGEuropean natural gas traders stand to lose about $1 billion in sales to Ukraine this year.

Companies from Eni SpA to Uniper SE will see combined gas shipments to the east European nation fall by about that amount after a Stockholm court ordered Ukraine to resume some imports from Russia after a break of more than two years. European Union companies first started selling gas to Ukraine in 2013, with the new market helping offset a slump in domestic demand at the time.

"The party is getting less exciting for the European gas traders and pipeline operators, who benefited from re-exporting Russian gas to Ukraine," BI analyst Elchin Mammadov said. Yet, a recent recovery in EU gas consumption "will soften the blow."

Ukraine imported 14 billion cubic meters of gas from the EU last year, comparable to Belgium's annual consumption. From this year, state-owned NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy should import 5 billion cubic meters annually under its contract with Russia's Gazprom PJSC through 2019, and has to pay for at least 80 percent of that, according to the court.

That volume is worth as much as $1.2 billion per year, assuming 5 billion cubic meters is supplied at the average price Ukraine paid for imports last October, according to the most recent data from its statistics service. The court linked the price to be paid to Russia for gas to German hub rates, Naftogaz said without elaborating.

France's Engie SA was among Ukraine's top suppliers in 2016 with a volume of more than 3 billion cubic meters. That was "a record year," while sales last year decreased by about 40 percent because of stronger competition, the company's press service said by email.

"With Naftogaz potentially buying Russian gas in 2018 and 2019, Engie is enhancing its strategy of selling in Ukraine to final industrial customers that was started last year," it said.

Swiss-based Axpo Trading AG, another major supplier, "is in the process of establishing a local Ukrainian company to be able to trade directly within Ukraine," its press service said.

Gazprom is ready to resume supplies to Ukraine once all debts are paid and on the condition that deliveries are paid for in advance, Alexander Medvedev, the company's deputy head, said last month. That position remains in place, Gazprom's press service said Wednesday.

The court decided that Naftogaz owes more than $2 billion for volumes delivered in 2014, according to the Russian exporter. Naftogaz said all payment issues would be cleared up once there's a court ruling on the gas transit contract between the companies, which is expected by end-February.

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 UKRAINE:

 

 НОВЫЙ РЕКОРД ГАЗПРОМА
2017, December, 22, 22:40:00

NEW GAZPROM'S RECORD

GAZPROM - Last year, Gazprom exported a record 179.3 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe. The upward trend continued this year: as early as December 8, 2017, last year’s record was beaten, with total exports reaching 179.8 billion cubic meters of gas.

   IMF: UKRAINIAN CORRUPTION
2017, December, 11, 09:35:00

IMF: UKRAINIAN CORRUPTION

IMF - “I had a constructive and open discussion with President Poroshenko on Ukraine’s efforts to fight corruption, which is expected by the Ukrainian society and is critical to improve transparency and accountability and create the conditions for sustainable growth."

 

 MEDITERRANEAN GAS FOR EUROPE
2017, December, 6, 12:15:00

MEDITERRANEAN GAS FOR EUROPE

PENNENERGY - significant deposits already discovered in the east Mediterranean, including Israel's Leviathan field are "just the tip of the iceberg" and that "it's very likely" that more gas will be found in Cypriot waters.

 

 

   UKRAINE'S GAS INVESTMENT UP TO 46%
2017, December, 4, 23:05:00

UKRAINE'S GAS INVESTMENT UP TO 46%

УКРТРАНСГАЗ - According to Ukrtransgaz’ performance results in the first nine months of 2017, capital investments in Ukraine’s gas transmission facilities increased by 46% or UAH 486 million compared to the same period of 2016, Ukrtransgaz public and media relations department reports.

 

 EUROPEAN ECONOMY UP 3.3%
2017, November, 9, 13:45:00

EUROPEAN ECONOMY UP 3.3%

Average growth across the EBRD region is seen at 3.3 per cent this year, a rise of 0.9 percentage points against the previous forecast from May, and compared with growth of just 1.9 per cent in 2016. The economy in Russia, the largest in the EBRD region and a major influence on output in many other EBRD countries of operations, has now pulled out of recession after a cumulative contraction of 3 per cent over the last two years. Russia is expected to see GDP growth of 1.8 and 1.7 per cent in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

 

   WBG HAS UKRAINE
2017, October, 4, 23:35:00

WBG HAS UKRAINE

According to the World Bank’s Special Focus Note on reforming land markets, the moratorium on agricultural land sales, along with weaknesses in the transparency of land rights and transactions, are major impediments to attracting investment and unlocking productivity in Ukraine’s agriculture sector.

 

 

 

 

 U.S. LNG FOR EUROPE - 4
2017, August, 31, 12:15:00

U.S. LNG FOR EUROPE - 4

Last week, U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) made its way to the somewhat unlikely market of Lithuania. The former Soviet republic traditionally bought its gas from Russian state company Gazprom; this was its first shipment from the United States. For President Donald Trump, that must have been a gratifying sign of the success of his administration’s nascent energy diplomacy.

 

   RUSSIAN - UKRAINIAN OIL TRANSIT: UP 42%
2017, April, 10, 18:40:00

RUSSIAN - UKRAINIAN OIL TRANSIT: UP 42%

Ukraine's transit of Russian oil for exports to Europe in March rose 42% year on year to 1.25 million mt, state oil shipper UkrTransNafta said

 

 

 

 ГАЗПРОМ: БОЛЬШЕ ГАЗА ДЛЯ ЕВРОПЫ
2017, June, 2, 16:15:00

GAZPROM: RUSSIAN GAS FOR EUROPE

Speech by Alexey Miller at “Global Gas Markets: Energy Policy and Energy Security” Panel Session held as part of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

   UKRAINE'S SERIOUS SHORTCOMINGS
2017, April, 7, 18:30:00

UKRAINE'S SERIOUS SHORTCOMINGS

Ukraine has been urged to finalise gas sector reforms by Janez Kopac, director of Energy Community that regroups EU and non-EU states in Europe.

 

 

 RUSSIAN GAS CORRIDOR
2017, May, 6, 17:00:00

RUSSIAN GAS CORRIDOR

One of the highest priorities in Russia's gas export and marketing strategy is establishing its own southern corridor for gas exports to Europe, in competition with the EU-backed project.

 

 

 

   WBG BOUGHT UKRAINE: $10 BLN
2017, April, 6, 18:30:00

WBG BOUGHT UKRAINE: $10 BLN

The World Bank’s current investment project portfolio in Ukraine amounts to about US$2.8 billion. Investments support improving basic public services that directly benefit ordinary people in areas such as water supply, sanitation, heating, power, roads, social protection and healthcare, as well as private sector development. 

 

 

 NORD STREAM-2 FOR EUROPE
2017, March, 31, 18:45:00

NORD STREAM-2 FOR EUROPE

Russian state gas exporter Gazprom, which supplies around a third of the EU's gas, with much coming via Ukraine, is keen for Nord Stream 2 to be built by 2019, when it must renegotiate gas transit fees with Kiev.

 

 

   IMF: UKRAINE'S CORRUPTION
2017, April, 5, 18:35:00

IMF: UKRAINE'S CORRUPTION

Directors welcomed the creation of new anticorruption institutions, but strongly urged the authorities to strengthen these institutions further and to establish an independent anticorruption court to achieve concrete results, in order to support the reform program, attract investment, and achieve faster growth.

 

 

 

Tags: RUSSIA, EUROPE, UKRAINE, GAS, GAZPROM

Chronicle:

RUSSIAN GAS RETURNING
2018, June, 18, 14:00:00

U.S. IS BETTER

IMF - Within the next few years, the U.S. economy is expected to enter its longest expansion in recorded history. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the approved increase in spending are providing a significant boost to the economy. We forecast growth of close to 3 percent this year but falling from that level over the medium-term. In my discussions with Secretary Mnuchin he was clear that he regards our medium-term outlook as too pessimistic. Frankly, I hope he is right. That would be good for both the U.S. and the world economy.

RUSSIAN GAS RETURNING
2018, June, 18, 13:55:00

U.S. ECONOMY UP

IMF - The near-term outlook for the U.S. economy is one of strong growth and job creation. Unemployment is already near levels not seen since the late 1960s and growth is set to accelerate, aided by a near-term fiscal stimulus, a welcome recovery of private investment, and supportive financial conditions. These positive outturns have supported, and been reinforced by, a favorable external environment with a broad-based pick up in global activity. Next year, the U.S. economy is expected to mark the longest expansion in its recorded history. The balance of evidence suggests that the U.S. economy is beyond full employment.

RUSSIAN GAS RETURNING
2018, June, 18, 13:50:00

U.S. INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION DOWN 0.1%

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RUSSIAN GAS RETURNING
2018, June, 18, 13:45:00

SOUTH AFRICA: NO BENEFITS

IMF - South Africa’s potential is significant, yet growth over the past five years has not benefitted from the global recovery. The economy is globally positioned, sophisticated, and diversified, and several sectors—agribusiness, mining, manufacturing, and services—have capacity for expansion. Combined with strong institutions and a young workforce, opportunities are vast. However, several constraints have held growth back. Policy uncertainty and a regulatory environment not conducive to private investment have resulted in GDP growth rates that have not kept up with those of population growth, reducing income per capita, and hurting disproportionately the poor.

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