NEW GAZPROM'S RECORD
GAZPROM - The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information about the impacts of the events of 2017 on the long-term outlook for the global energy market.
It was highlighted that 2017 had been particularly successful for Russian gas exports. 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.
2017 marked a recovery in China's gas consumption, which grew by 18 per cent in the first three quarters of the year thanks in large part to the rise in gas-fired power generation and the environmental benefits of natural gas over coal. Another of this year's important developments in this connection was the signing of the supplementary agreement between Gazprom and CNPC for Russian gas to be supplied to China via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline starting from December 20, 2019.
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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).
BHGE - U.S. Rig Count is up 11 rigs from last week to 1,063, with oil rigs up 8 to 869, gas rigs up 4 to 193, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1. Canada Rig Count is up 13 rigs from last week to 195, with oil rigs up 8 to 127 and gas rigs up 5 to 68.
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.