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2018-09-14 12:35:00

U.S. AGAINST NORD STREAM

США ПРОТИВ СЕВЕРНОГО ПОТОКА

PLATTS -  In a meeting with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Moscow, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry reiterated US opposition to the expansion of the Nord Stream pipeline from Russia, claiming it would hurt European allies and distort energy markets.

"We support our European institutions to lower their dependence on a single supplier," Perry said in opening remarks Thursday. "We oppose Nord Stream 2, which would concentrate two-thirds of the imports of Russian gas in a single [route], creating a choke point [vulnerable to] disruption."

During the meeting, Novak and Perry discussed a collaborative effort between Russia and the US to "ensure world energy market stability, transparency, and sustainability," according to a statement Thursday from Shaylyn Hynes, a DOE spokeswoman.

During the meeting, Perry "made clear that while the United States welcomes competition with Russia in energy markets across Europe, Asia and elsewhere, Moscow can no longer use energy as an economic weapon," Hynes said.

Novak said that Russia shared the view that "energy should not be a pressure tool."

"Russian-US relations are not going though their best times at the moment," Novak said Thursday. "But at the same time, our countries are leading energy powers, which guarantee global security. It is only through mutual efforts that we will be able to satisfy growing energy demand in the world."

Novak stressed Thursday that the project was being pushed by companies from France, the Netherlands and Germany as well as Russia.

"It's an international project, large-scale project that will serve for many decades ahead to ensure Europe's energy needs are satisfied," Novak said. "We hope a reasonable approach will prevail, and the project implementation will continue."

The meetings come as the US Congress and the Trump administration consider new sanctions on Russia, including potential sanctions of Russia's energy sector.

Perry told reporters Thursday that further energy sector sanctions on Russia were "possible," but "not where we want to go."

Novak said he was "concerned" about potential sanctions on a pipeline project he said was "completely competitive, which the European consumers are interested in." He said that new pipeline infrastructure is "aimed at protecting consumer rights."

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order that would trigger sanctions, including sanctions in the energy sector, on a foreign government found to have interfered with a US election. But analysts view Trump's order as having little impact since the imposition of sanctions would be discretionary.

"It strikes me as a press release rather than a change in policy," Daleep Singh, a former US Treasury assistant secretary now with the Atlantic Council, said during a Senate Banking Committee hearing Wednesday.

In July, Senator John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican and chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, introduced a bill that would impose mandatory sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The pipeline expansion will double the system to 110 Bcm a year. Nord Stream 2 is opposed by the European Commission, the US and much of Eastern Europe on the grounds that it increases Europe's dependence on one import route.

Perry and Novak last met in Washington just over two months ago.

"We have our disagreements, we have our challenges," Perry said Thursday. "But dialogue is very, very important to these two countries. Particularly when we find ourselves as leading oil and gas producing countries of the world."

 

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 W.Europe
2018, September, 7, 12:33:00

NORD STREAM-2 STARTS IN FINLAND

GAZPROM - The offshore pipelay vessel Solitaire started the pipelay for the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline in the Gulf of Finland.

 W.Europe
2018, September, 5, 10:45:00

RUSSIAN GAS TO EUROPE UP

PLATTS - Russian natural gas flows to western and central Europe recovered strongly in August -- after a dip in July because of pipeline maintenance -- as demand for Russian gas remained buoyant to meet demand from both the power and storage sectors,

 W.Europe
2018, August, 13, 13:50:00

RUSSIAN GAS FOR EUROPE

PLATTS - Russian state-owned gas producer and transporter Gazprom filed a complaint with the WTO about the legislation in April 2014, arguing Russian infrastructure was being treated unfairly. Since then, constraints on access to OPAL have been lifted, resulting in flows via Nord Stream increasing to full capacity of 155 million cu m/day. The decision is therefore not expected to be market moving.

 W.Europe
2018, August, 13, 13:45:00

U.S. LNG FOR EUROPE

PLATTS - Natural gas demand from US LNG export terminals is set to double over the next year as a spate of new liquefaction projects now nearing completion enters service.

 

 W.Europe
2018, July, 25, 09:55:00

EUROPE WITHOUT U.S.

REUTERS - Two thirds said they supported the construction of the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline because it would help provide Germany with a more reliable supply of natural gas.

 

 W.Europe
2018, July, 12, 10:40:00

U.S. WANTS GERMANY'S MONEY

REUTERS - The Republican president, in Brussels for the NATO summit, took a swipe at Germany for supporting a new pipeline for Russian gas, saying at a pre-summit meeting: “We’re supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia.”

 W.Europe
2018, July, 4, 12:15:00

NORD STREAM 2 FINANCING

REUTERS - “The project will definitely be financed. It is important for Gazprom and Russia currently has a high liquidity in euros,” Paul Corcoran, the Nord Stream 2 CFO, told Welt am Sonntag in an interview.

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SAUDI - INDIA'S DOWNSTREAM

MEOG - Judaimi highlighted that the closer cooperation between Saudi Aramco and Indian energy entities is reflected in the partnership with RRPCL and ADNOC on the Ratnagiri mega-refinery and petrochemicals complex in Maharashta this year. He noted that nearly $2 billion in material-service sourcing with Indian companies to date; and the opening of the Aramco Asia India office in 2017.

США ПРОТИВ СЕВЕРНОГО ПОТОКА
2018, October, 17, 10:05:00

U.S. IN EUROPE

REUTERS - The United States must not determine European energy policy or decide whether Germany buys Russian gas, a top German diplomat said on Tuesday.

США ПРОТИВ СЕВЕРНОГО ПОТОКА
2018, October, 17, 10:00:00

TOTAL IN RUSSIA: THE LARGEST

FT - “Total has great ambition in this country, we want to be the largest foreign oil and gas player here,” the company’s chief executive Patrick Pouyanné said on Monday at the launch of a factory outside Moscow. 

США ПРОТИВ СЕВЕРНОГО ПОТОКА
2018, October, 17, 09:55:00

PETROBRAS - CNPC COOPERATION

PLATTS - Petrobras is to form two joint venture companies with China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) to complete construction of a refinery and revitalize four mature fields in the offshore Campos Basin, the state-owned Brazilian company said

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