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2018-04-13 17:50:00

RUSSIAN GAS FOR EUROPE ANEW

RUSSIAN GAS FOR EUROPE ANEW

PLATTS -  German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not want to see Russia's planned 55 Bcm/year Nord Stream 2 natural gas link to Germany taking away all of Ukraine's Russian gas transit revenues, she told reporters in Berlin Tuesday.

"It cannot be the case that Nord Steam 2 means that Ukraine no longer has any significance in transiting [Russian] gas," Merkel said after a meeting with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.

She said she had made the same point to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"In our view, a Nord Stream 2 project is not possible without our understanding of how the Ukrainian transit role will continue," Merkel said.

"This isn't only about an economic project. There are political factors to be considered," such as Ukraine's strategic need for transit revenues, she said.

Merkel's comments may put pressure on Russia to start talks with Ukraine on new transit terms for post-2019. Russia's current disputed transit contract with Ukraine expires at the end of 2019, which is also when Nord Stream 2 is planned to come online.

Russia is ready "to consider the possibility of using Ukraine's gas pipeline system from January 1, 2020, based on economically justified and competitive conditions for its usage," its energy minister Alexander Novak said Tuesday.

Russia sent around 94 Bcm to the EU via Ukraine in 2017, a six-year high driven by strong European demand for Russian gas.

But these volumes are likely to drop significantly once Nord Stream 2 comes online.

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Tuesday that around 10-15 Bcm/year could still go through Ukraine, if Ukraine can "justify the economic viability of a new transit contract." Ukraine's gas company Naftogaz wants to start talks with Gazprom on post-2019 transit terms, and these may start this month, according to a Naftogaz source.

The talks are complicated by a Stockholm arbitration court ruling in February that appears to have inflamed rather than resolved a long-running dispute over the current transit contract.

Gazprom has rejected the court's order that it pay Naftogaz $2.6 billion to settle the dispute, and has said it wants to terminate or change the contract instead. Naftogaz has refused to accept this and is insisting Gazprom complies with the ruling.

The European Commission has offered to act as a mediator between Russia and Ukraine to safeguard Russian gas deliveries to the EU.

Novak reassured EC vice president for energy union Maros Sefcovic by telephone Tuesday that Russia is "committed to ensure stable supplies of natural gas, including via Ukraine," according to a note on the Russian energy ministry's website.

Novak and Sefcovic plan to meet to discuss the impact of the Stockholm court ruling, with the date still to be set, the ministry said.

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Earlier:

 Gas
2018, April, 11, 13:15:00

RUSSIAN GAS UP TO 400 MCMD

PLATTS - Russian flows of natural gas into Germany and Slovakia combined rose above 400 million cu m/d in each of the final three days of Week 14 for the first time on almost five months as Brotherhood flows increased, data from S&P Global Platts Analytics showed.

 

 Gas
2018, April, 11, 13:00:00

RUSSIAN GAS FOR AUSTRIA: +77%

GAZPROM - from January 1 through April 8, 2018, Gazprom had supplied Austria with 3.7 billion cubic meters of gas, a rise of 77.2 per cent compared to the same period of last year.

 Gas
2018, April, 2, 09:05:00

UKRAINE'S GAS PRICES WILL UP

REUTERS - The International Monetary Fund told Reuters on Friday Ukraine should allow the market to determine gas prices as promised under a $17.5 billion loan program, after the government extended a below-market level pricing system for households.

 

 Gas
2018, March, 23, 08:35:00

GAZPROM'S STRATEGIC PROJECTS

GAZPROM - Gazprom continues to implement a number of strategic projects in the west. This work is key to the long-term development of Russia’s Unified Gas Supply System (UGSS) and the provision of reliable gas supplies to consumers in the European part of the country and the traditional European markets.

 Gas
2018, March, 21, 12:35:00

RUSSIAN GAS TO ITALIA: +99%

GAZPROM - The Italian Republic is currently the third-largest importer of Russian gas. According to preliminary data, Russia’s gas exports to Italy grew by 99 per cent in March 1–19, 2018, compared to the same period of last year.

 Gas
2018, March, 19, 08:15:00

THE BEST RUSSIAN GAS

BLOOMBERG - “Should the statements become a reality regarding alternative sources for gas instead of Russia, that will damage first and foremost the consumers,” Novak said in a Bloomberg television interview in Moscow. “Should any company or country opt for another supplier, I don’t think that condition will be that preferential and beneficial for them."

 

 Gas
2018, March, 16, 10:10:00

RUSSIAN GAS FOR BRITAIN ANEW

BLOOMBERG - While Europe as a whole gets more than a third of its gas from Russia, that share is lower in the U.K., which receives the bulk of its fuel from North Sea fields and Norway. Still, Moscow-based Gazprom PJSC was the second-biggest supplier to major industrial consumers in the U.K. last year, according to Britain’s energy regulator Ofgem.

 

 

Tags: RUSSIA, EUROPE, GAS, UKRAINE

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RUSSIAN GAS FOR EUROPE ANEW
2018, April, 23, 14:25:00

U.S. SHALE OIL UP

FT - US shale oil companies have started to generate free cash thanks to the rise in crude prices, a landmark moment for an industry that has until now relied on an inflow of capital to support its growth.

RUSSIAN GAS FOR EUROPE ANEW
2018, April, 23, 14:20:00

WBG WANT COUNTRIES

WBG - Bank Group must strengthen its financial capacity to meet the aspirations of its shareholders, mobilize capital at scale, and respond to global development challenges.

RUSSIAN GAS FOR EUROPE ANEW
2018, April, 23, 14:15:00

IMF WANTS AFRICA

IMF - we agreed on the need to accelerate structural reforms and access to finance in order to raise overall investment and medium-term growth rates to support job creation. The Fund, through its policy advice, can assist countries to design and implement growth-friendly fiscal adjustment, when needed, that responds to the country-specific sources of debt vulnerabilities while preserving needed investments in infrastructure, human capital, and other priority expenditures

RUSSIAN GAS FOR EUROPE ANEW
2018, April, 23, 14:10:00

IMF'S CORRUPTION

IMF - Directors also agreed that the Fund should continue to address governance issues and corruption in surveillance when the applicable standard of the Integrated Surveillance Decision has been met.

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