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Energy policy // Analyses: No fines for Gazprom’s monopolistic practices in Central Europe?

On 13 March, after 5 years of antitrust proceedings against Gazprom, the EU's commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager announced that the European Commission was ready to settle the case.

27 March 2017 , 00:02Agata Loskot-Strachota, Szymon Kardas, OSWNeftegaz.RU1520

Petroleum Products // Analysis: Indian refiners set sights on Russian crude oil

2 of India's largest refiners, Reliance and Indian Oil Corporation, are setting their sights on buying Russian Urals crude as the key export grade shows signs of competing with some Middle Eastern sour barrels.

21 March 2017 , 00:25Neftegaz.RU1270

World market // The Russian oil industry will survive, even at $20 per barrel

Although from time to time oil howling sees very low prices, for Russia it is unimportant what the cost of a barrel will be, as long as it is no less than $20.

13 March 2017 , 00:01Dimitri DolaberidzeNeftegaz.RU1700

Energy // Russia to dominate European gas for 2 decades

Russia will remain the biggest source of supply through to 2035.

06 March 2017 , 00:04Neftegaz.RU1850

Energy // Iranian Energy: A game-changer for Russia-Europe relations?

A geopolitical revolution is quietly taking place. Will it be allowed to continue?

27 February 2017 , 00:02Gregory XanthosNeftegaz.RU1960

Regions // Russia gains upper hand in Asian oil war

The Saudi-led OPEC cuts may have supported oil prices and reduced market volatility, but they have also opened the door wide to rival crude grades flowing into the most prized market for the Middle Eastern producers: Asia.

20 February 2017 , 01:44Tsvetana ParaskovaNeftegaz.RU1980

Energy // Will Iran challenge Russian interests in European natural gas market?

Tehran's intentions to enter the European gas market still remain part of the political game played by Islamic Republic authorities to make the West more inclined to lift sanctions and restore its economic ties with Iran.

13 February 2017 , 00:05Neftegaz.RU2470

World market // Gazprom plays ball: the depoliticization of the European gas market

Gazprom's gas supplies to Europe and Turkey reached an all-time record in 2016.

06 February 2017 , 00:05Neftegaz.RU3480

World market // Why Russia beat Saudi Arabia as China’s №1 oil supplier

Russia last year overtook Saudi Arabia as China's biggest supplier of crude oil thanks in large part to increased demand from independent refineries, popularly called teapots.

30 January 2017 , 00:07Irina SlavNeftegaz.RU2710

Transportation // Perspective for Turkish Stream project: possible scenarios and challenges

Following the cancellation of South Stream, Russia announced its plans to reroute the pipeline to Turkey, instead of Bulgaria. The new pipeline was dubbed Turkish Stream, with same capacity of South Stream, but less vulnerable to EU competition law.

23 January 2017 , 00:04Ilgar GurbanovNeftegaz.RU4220

World market // Oil falls on China concerns

Oil prices fell on January 13, 2017 and were on track to end the week lower on lingering doubts over the extent of Opec cuts, with sentiment worsened by concerns over the economic health of the world's 2nd-largest oil consumer China after it reported the steepest falls in overall exports since 2009.

16 January 2017 , 00:10Neftegaz.RU3450

Transportation // Turkmenistan takes tough measures: Analysis

Turkmenistan's reported decision to cut gas supplies to Iran highlights 2 massive issues: the country's lack of hard cash and the problems of a landlocked producer trying to sell its gas in a buyer's market.

09 January 2017 , 00:15John RobertsNeftegaz.RU3400

World market // 10 energy surprises in 2017

It's pointless to list the obvious. For oil and gas, pundits know that things like OPEC compliance, U.S. rig counts, pipeline angst, and Chinese consumption are on a long list of standard items that are obligatory to parse from our cluttered news feeds.

26 December 2016 , 13:49Peter TertzakianNeftegaz.RU3140

Economy & Finances // OVL raises $1 billion debt to fund Vankor acquisition

ONGC Videsh Ltd has raised $1 billion through a US dollar bonds issue to finance its acquisition of 15% stake in Russia's 2nd biggest oil field Vankor, its Managing Director Narendra K Verma said.

19 December 2016 , 12:30Neftegaz.RU2660

World market // Japan importing less crude oil; Gives Iran and Russia cold shoulder

Japan's crude oil imports dropped to 3.055 million barrels per day in October, down by 5.6 % from September, the Petroleum Association of Japan (PAJ) reported on December 10, 2016.

12 December 2016 , 01:28Tsvetana ParaskovaNeftegaz.RU3360

Transportation // Can Israeli natural gas reach Europe?

Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan announced that his country was «considering the possibility to transport its natural gas to Europe via the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) through Turkey.»

05 December 2016 , 00:04The Jamestown FoundationNeftegaz.RU4190

Transportation // Has Ukraine scored an own-goal with its transit fee proposals?

Last month, Naftogaz potentially lost $700m/year from the $1.7bn transit revenue it received in 2015 from Gazprom for transiting 64.1 bcm. With the intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Turkey, the 17 bcm/y currently transiting Ukraine for Turkey could well disappear from 2020.

28 November 2016 , 10:39Oxford Institute for Energy StudiesNeftegaz.RU3530

Energy policy // Russian сoal fights for survival

Coal was meant to help build Siberia and the Far East. Russia's national energy strategy of 2012 aimed to match Soviet levels of coal production by 2030, increase coal power generation to free up natural gas for export, and expand coaling capacity at ports.

21 November 2016 , 00:01Global Risk InsightsNeftegaz.RU4280

Transportation // The (German) Politics of Nord Stream 2

An unlikely coalition is emerging in Germany between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats and the opposition Greens. Increasingly, leading members of both parties want to stop the construction of a second pipeline that will transport gas directly from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

14 November 2016 , 00:35Neftegaz.RU4870

Energy policy // Gazprom defends European gas position

Russian natural gas will at the very least remain at a steady level in the European market, though some level of growth is likely, Gazprom Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev said.

07 November 2016 , 00:05Daniel J. GraeberNeftegaz.RU4410

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