European Countries Back Oil Pipeline Extension

October 11, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

A plan to build a pipeline to reduce central and eastern Europe’s dependence on Russian oil has been signed by five former communist countries in Lithuania. Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Azerbaijan and Georgia agreed to back an extension to the Odessa to Brody pipeline through Ukraine, to take it to Plock in Poland.

Putin Opposes “Energy Monster”

September 21, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is against the creation of state energy “monster” that would straddle the entire economy, sucking away banking and other resources, the Kremlin has reported on Thursday. When asked about a possible merger between state controlled Gazprom (the world’s biggest gas company by reserves, and Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil … Read More

Russia: We Want A Slice of Iraqi Oil

September 20, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

The Iraqi and Russian foreign ministers have pledged cooperation on post-war reconstruction, including the lucrative oil sector, after a meeting in Moscow. Russian private energy giant Lukoil has been lobbying to sign a contract for the West Qurna oil field. Lukoil had a deal with Saddam Hussein that was canceled by Iraq in 2002. Lukoil … Read More

Iraq: Lukoil Will be ‘on Equal Terms’

August 9, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

Lukoil and other Russian companies will compete ‘on equal terms’ for Iraqi government contracts to develop the nation’s vast oil fields, Iraqi oil minister Hussain al-Shahristani has said. “There will be no privileges for any country or any company”, Shahristani said. “Lukoil will be competing with other firms on equal terms in accordance with the … Read More

Russia “Claims” Oil-Rich North Pole

August 3, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

Russia has sparked an Arctic oil-rush by planting its flag on the ocean floor under the North Pole in a politically charged symbolic gesture to claim the rights to the sea bed which could be rich in oil and gas. In a dramatic technical feat testing international law, the Russians dispatched two mini-submarines 2.5 miles … Read More

Pay Up or We Cut Your Gas

August 2, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

Russia’s Gazprom gas monopoly has threatened to halve supplies to Belarus tomorrow in a payment dispute that could disrupt deliveries to western Europe. Moscow said yesterday it would cut by 45% supplies flowing to its neighbour through export pipelines – which also carry gas to Germany, Poland and Ukraine – if Minsk did not pay … Read More

Gazprom and Eni Propose €10bn Pipeline

June 25, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

The Russian state-controlled gas company, Gazprom and Italian energy group, ENI, are proposing a €10bn-plus pipeline to bring Russian gas to Europe in a move that will reignite concerns about the European Union’s dependence on Russian supplies. With the backing of both Russian and Italian governments, the companies signed a memorandum of understanding at the … Read More