ROSNEFT - CHEMCHINA AGREEMENT
ROSNEFT - Rosneft and the China National Petrochemical Company (ChemChina) signed a Heads of Agreement on establishing a Joint Venture. The document was signed by Rosneft Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin, and General Manager of ChemChina Yang Xingqiang.
According to the terms of the document, the parties will establish a joint venture in the Bolshoy Kamen priority development territory in Primorsky Krai, Russia, to build a plant and a polymer coatings and paints facility with an annual capacity of 50 thousand tons, as well as implement R&D activities. In that regard, Rosneft and ChemChina will conduct a feasibility study of the project and carry out the necessary preparations to set up a joint venture. As a result of the project implementation, the largest facility to produce special marine and arctic vessel coatings, a leader in this segment, will be established in Russia.
The plant's production will find its application at the Zvezda shipbuilding complex in the Russian Far East, being constructed under the order of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. In particular, Rosneft and ChemChina will establish a working group to develop new polymer coatings for ships of various classes, including Arctic class vessels.
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GAZPROM - The parties discussed relevant issues related to bilateral cooperation, including the Baltic LNG project. Emphasis was placed on the priority measures aimed at developing a joint design concept (pre-FEED).
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REUTERS - Brent crude futures had risen $1.02 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $81.28 a barrel by 0637 GMT. The contract dropped 3.4 percent on Thursday following sharp falls in equity markets and indications that supply concerns have been overblown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 80 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $71.77 a barrel, after a 3 percent fall in the previous session. WTI is on track for a 3.5 percent drop this week.
EIA - Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $79 per barrel (b) in September, up $6/b from August. EIA expects Brent spot prices will average $74/b in 2018 and $75/b in 2019. EIA expects West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices will average about $6/b lower than Brent prices in 2018 and in 2019.