Sakhalin Energy: “Our Critics Are Wrong”

July 21, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Rich Cookson’s next dispatch from Sakhalin: The Deputy CEO of Sakhalin Energy, David J Greer, is bullish about his company’s impact on Sakhalin, dismissing many of his critics’ claims as “absolutely wrong”. “We bring joy and happiness to the people of Sakhalin,” he says. “And we are providing clean and efficient energy to an energy-starved … Read More

Sakhalin Energy: “We Have No Impact on Whales”

July 20, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Here is Rich Cookson’s third blog from Sakhalin. “In early-morning off-the-record briefings, Sakhalin Energy’s (SE) employees – many of them from Shell – insist that the company is committed to protecting the island’s environment. They say, for instance, that the company has new scientific data which proves that its offshore activities have had no discernable … Read More

Sakhalin – “No Guarantees” About Engangered Whales

July 19, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Here is Rich Cookson’s second blog from Sakhalin Island, off Russia’s east coast. Rich writes: “The Sakhalin Energy (SE) project, Sakhalin II, is the second of nine planned extraction projects around Sakhalin. Exxon holds a 30 per cent stake in Sakhalin I, an oil development on the northeastern Sakhalin Shelf. Affiliates of the Russian oil … Read More

BP Buys $1bn Stake in Rosneft

July 12, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

BP has astonished many analysts and critics by saying it is going to buy a $1bn stake in the state-owned Russian oil producer, Rosneft. It will seen as a major boost to President Putin just days before the G8 Summit. However opponents of the flotation told the Independent newspaper that BP had “a gun to … Read More

G8 Summit Heating Up as Police Snatch Up Rights Activists

July 12, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

In the run-up to the G8 Summit in Saint Petersburg this weekend, civil society and opposition figures are holding a two-day conference in Moscow to draw attention to President Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian tendencies. They want the other seven G8 countries to put pressure on Russia to spend more time promoting civil rights. The police have … Read More

China Buys Billion-Barrel Russian Field from TNK-BP

June 21, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The dragon is thirsty. China’s consumption of oil has risen exponentially in the past decade and by last year it was the largest oil importer after the US. Slowly but surely China is buying up foreign oil and gas reserves to fuel its rapidly growing economy. In little under a year, Chinese firms have signed … Read More