No. 158

  USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities
  USRCC Trade Mission to Russia
May 2018

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCC) invites you to participate in a Trade mission to the  St. Petersburg International Economic Forum . Participants will have an opportunity to meet Russian government officials and some of the most influential leaders in U.S.-Russia trade and investment relations. The USRCC will coordinate private meetings, an exclusive CEO Roundtable and introductions, in addition to attending the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPEIF).

Participating companies will gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, find business partners, and advance specific projects with the goal of increasing U.S. trade and investment to Russia.

For more details about the Trade Mission please contact us  directly at      

New Member Spotlight
USRCC is honored to welcome our new member RNG 

             Independent privately-held Russian oil and gas production company conducting business in the Far East of Russia. RNG is a part of  EASTSIB HOLDING  group of companies.  
      Since 2010,  RNG has been holding a license for exploration and production of raw hydrocarbons within the territory of the Eastern Blocks of Srednebotuobinskoe oil-gas condensate field (EB SB OGCF), located in the south-western part of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic The head office is located in Moscow. There are also separate subdivisions of RNG in Mirny, Ust-Kut, Yakutsk, Samara, Lensk and in the field.  Staff number of RNG is about 2.2 thousand employees, including 222 employees from the local community. 
             At present, recoverable oil reserves of 28 mln tons are registered in the State Register within the limits of the license, which is confirmed by the current reserves estimate.   The development drilling is carried out by three drilling rigs. 
The construction of production facilities for oil treatment (1.29 mln tons of annual oil production) is in its final phase.

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USRCC Internship

The USRCC is looking for new team members!

 play a key role and the contributions they make impact the day-to-day functions of the chamber and shape the future of relationship between Russia and the U.S.

There are many ways you can get involved with the USRCC. Whether you are an experienced leader or a student, there is a place for you. By volunteering you can be at the very centre of our high-profile events held in Houston, Chicago and New York City and interact with influential leaders in the U.S.-Russia trade and investment.
To learn more about the position  click here or contact us directly at 
call 713.429.4680
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Members' News
ExxonMobil Commits $20M to Research Lower-Carbon Energy Solutions, March 12, 2018: IRVING, Texas - ExxonMobil is putting money into the research and development of lower-carbon energy solutions as it becomes the first founding member of the Stanford Strategic Energy Alliance. The alliance is an initiative that will examine ways to improve energy access, security and technology while reducing impacts on the environment. As part of its commitment, ExxonMobil will contribute $20 million in funding over five years for research and development.The Stanford Strategic Energy Alliance builds on the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP), also led by Stanford, which focused exclusively on low-emissions, high-efficiency energy technologies. ExxonMobil has sponsored GCEP since its inception in 2002 with a commitment of $100 million and additional contributions toward specific projects.  Read more...
Shell Says Oil's Not Going Anywhere, March 9, 2018: There'll be at least one home still welcoming fossil fuels in the face of a growing threat from cleaner resources, according to Royal Dutch Shell Plc.  Heavy industry relies on hydrocarbons to generate extremely high temperatures and chemical reactions, according to Mark Quartermain, vice president of crude oil trading and supply at the company. Many processes used in iron, steel, cement and plastics factories can't be electrified at all, and even if they could be, cannot be done at a viable cost in the foreseeable future, he said at a conference in Singapore. 
A growing body of research is painting a bearish picture for oil beyond the next 20 years, as more electric vehicles hit roads across the globe and engines become more efficient. Rapid adoption could mean demand peaks by the 2030s, according to Bank of America and BP Plc, a prospect that's likely to worry institutional investors in the energy industry. On Friday, the International Energy Agency said oil demand from passenger cars will peak in 2020.   Read more...
50 Years In Business And Still Rolling Strong!

Roadrunnertires, March 14, 2018: Since 1968, we've been hand-crafting "The World's Toughest Forklift Tire" in our Houston, TX plant. A lot has changed in 50 years, but what hasn't changed is our commitment to quality and our customers!
In 50 years, we've manufactured and installed thousands of forklift tires and shipped them all over the world and the United States. From Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine we keep you rolling! With a 50 year legacy of quality and commitment, let us help you build your legacy today! 
And while we stay focused on producing quality tires today, and manufacturing quality for the future, let's take a brief look back at a few of the events from the year of our founding.
Pin Oak Terminals Chooses Emerson's Logistics Software for Accurate Inventory and Accounting for Faster Order-to-Cash, March 12, 2018:  HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 12, 2018) - Pin Oak Terminals, a new hydrocarbon liquids storage and logistics terminal in Mount Airy, Louisiana, has selected Emerson to provide its  Synthesis  order-to-cash software. The scalable, enterprise-level logistics  midstream management solution  will integrate with the terminal's back office, commercial and operational data to enhance customer service which will help the facility achieve its goals of quickly and accurately closing each accounting period, enhancing asset availability and reducing operational costs.
"As a new terminal, we were looking for a scalable commercial management system to improve our day-to-day order processing and give us and our customers visibility to inventory levels and other critical data in real time," Mike Reed, CEO of Pin Oak Terminals, LLC.   Read more...
Baker Hughes partners with McDermott to compete offshore, March 13, 2018: Baker Hughes and McDermott International said they're partnering to offer integrated offshore energy services in order to better compete with other growing players like Schlumberger and TechnipFMC. Houston's Baker Hughes recently expanded with its recent merger with General Electric's oil and gas business, while Houston-based McDermott is growing with its pending acquisition of The Woodlands' CB&I. Their first partnership announced this week is to provide integrated front-end engineering work for British oil major BP's latest West Africa development offshore of Senegal and Mauritania. The trend offshore, which is still struggling to recover from the recent oil bust, is to offer more integrated energy services for discounts, consistency and more. That's why Technip and FMC Technologies merged, and why global services leader Schlumberger acquired Cameron International and is now planning a joint venture with London-based Subsea 7.  Read more...
Gazprom says no risks to gas supplies to Europe - Tass

Reuters, March 13, 2018: MOSCOW, March 13 (Reuters) - Russia's gas row with Ukraine poses no risks to gas supplies to Europe, Russian state news agency TASS quoted Gazprom's CEO Alexei Miller as saying said on Tuesday.
Miller, at a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, also said it will take up to two years to terminate contracts with Ukraine, TASS reported. (Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh and Katya Golubkova Writing by Andrey Ostroukh Editing by Louise Heavens)   Read more...
LUKOIL CONTINUES TO DEVELOP YUGRA SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE, March 13, 2018: President of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov and Governor of Yugra Natalia Komarova signed a Supplement Agreement on Cooperation for 2018, in Kogalym today. The funds, allocated by the company under the agreement, will be spent on the construction and reconstruction of social infrastructure and regional development initiatives in 11 districts and cities of Yugra.  Thanks to the company's financial support, Kogalym will continue to reconstruct the city's former movie and concert hall to convert it into a building to suit the needs of the local branch of the Maly State Academic Theatre. LUKOIL will also contribute to the implementation of Kogalym's educational projects under the  Success Formula International Baccalaureate Program. Besides, preconstruction works will be performed on a to-be-built kindergarten for 320 children and a sports facility. Another sports center will appear in the town of Pokachi. The second construction phase of a public garden will be commenced there too. Reconstruction of a children's healthcare center in Uray will be continued to convert it into residential property.   Read more...
Sale of Rosneft stake to CEFC in doubt after turmoil at Chinese group, March 13, 2018: Russia's major privatisation deal of 2017, in which the country's largest oil company Rosneft was to sell a stake to China's China Energy Company (CEFC), is in turmoil after it appears the Chinese firm doesn't have the money to pay, Bloomberg and Vedomosti daily said on March 13, citing the China Chengxin International Credit Rating agency.  Initially the Russian government claimed that  Rosneft sold a 19.5% stake to Glencore and Qatar's sovereign fund  in December 2016 for €10.5bn. However, it later became clear that the money raised was actually a loan.   Subsequently, Rosneft sold a 14.16% stake to  China's CEFC for $9.1bn in September 2017 , the biggest ever investment by a Chinese company into a Russian company.  But now reportedly CEFC is having problems financing the deal. Unnamed sources told Vedomosti that CEFC has to pay $1.8bn by April 1, and the remaining $7.3bn by September 2018.   Read more...
Emerson's Plantweb™ Digital Ecosystem Expands to Improve Enterprise-Wide Visibility into Plant Health, March 7, 2018: AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 7, 2018)  - Emerson (NYSE: EMR) announces Plantweb Optics, a new mobile-ready collaboration software platform that provides an unprecedented view of plant reliability and operational performance. Connecting technicians, engineers and plant management through Plantweb Optics transforms decades-old work processes, providing cross-functional collaboration and decision-making to help plants operate safely and profitably. With access to data across an organization, Plantweb Optics translates equipment health data into a user-friendly format and instantly and securely delivers it to relevant personnel so they can make more informed decisions impacting production. The collaboration software improves the user experience with intuitive visualization and customized alerts to reduce or eliminate irrelevant data.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Royal Dutch Shell doubles lubricant sales in Russia in four years

Reuters, March 14, 2018: TORZHOK, Russia (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell, which was forced to limit its presence in Russia's upstream sector because of Western sanctions, has seen its lubricant sales in the country double since 2014, the head of one of its plants there said.Shell launched its Torzhok lubricants plant in Russia's northwest in 2012, with the aim of producing up to 200 million liters a year. The factory plans to reach that capacity in 2027, and currently produces around 90 million liters a year.
"Compared to 2014, we have seen our (sales) portfolio almost doubling," Maxim Solovyov, head of the Torzhok plant, told Reuters in an interview.  Apart from its own lubricants production at Torzhok, Shell imports another 30 million liters per year into Russia from its plants elsewhere to sell them in the region.  After the rouble weakened amid sanctions and lower oil prices three years ago, lubricant production for Shell in Russia became more profitable, Solovyov said, as the company's global costs are in U.S. dollars.   Read more...
China looking to become co-owner of Russia's biggest oil company, March 12, 2018: Chinese state-controlled Huarong Asset Management has bought a 36.2 percent stake in the unit of CEFC China Energy through which CEFC is acquiring a $9.1 billion stake in Russian oil giant Rosneft.
According to CEFC filings seen by Reuters, Huarong has bought the stake in CEFC in two tranches, one in December and one in February. Huarong is controlled by China's Ministry of Finance.  In September, CEFC Energy announced plans to acquire 14.16 percent of Rosneft shares from Glencore and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA).
"The final structure of Rosneft's shareholders has been formed,"Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin told Rossiya 24 television.
As part of a long-term agreement, Rosneft and CEFC Energy inked a deal on crude oil deliveries in 2017. According to the agreement, the Russian oil major will supply CEFC with 60.8 million tons of oil annually until 2023.
The agreement covers the development of exploration and production projects in Siberia. The two companies plan to cooperate in refining, petrochemicals and crude trading.   Read more...
Russia's commercial fleet to grow at 30 to 40 aircraft per year, March 13, 2018:   Russia's combined commercial aircraft fleet is expected to grow at a rate of between 30 and 40 airframes per year between 2018 and 2020, Andrey Kramarenko, a lead expert at the Institute for Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies revealed at the recent MRO Russia  & CIS convention in Moscow.  The strengthening of the national currency is expected to spur demand for long-haul travel, which can lead to a slight increase in the number of widebody aircraft operated by Russian airlines. At present, the widebody segment is quite narrow compared to the country's combined narrowbody fleet, and stands at a meagre 82 aircraft, mostly operated by Aeroflot Group's carriers and charter airlines. Kramarenko believes this number is too low. Last year the share of widebodies in the total number of newly delivered airplanes did not exceed 13% Read more...
Russia's UEC to supply powerplant for Il-96-400M widebody, March 13, 2018: Perm Engine Company, a subsidiary of Russia's United Engine Corporation (UEC), plans to begin deliveries of its PS-90A1 engines for the four-engined Ilyushin Il-96-400M widebody this year. "We are working on an initial set of engines," says Managing Director Sergey Popov, commenting on the Il-96-400M project. "We will supply enough of these for the [Il-96-400M] program. Next comes the possible series production of the aircraft and of the engines." The Il-96-400M is expected to fly next year. The aircraft is a passenger version of the Il-96-400T freighter, which differs from the Il-96-300 baseline in a stretched fuselage (+9.65 m) and a greater takeoff weight (+20 tons). The new airliner will seat 390 passengers (against the baseline's 300).  Read more...
Austrian OMV considers buying assets in Russia, March 13, 2018: Austrian OMV, the largest oil company in Central Europe, is considering acquiring new assets in Russia. These plans of the company have been announced by the Deputy Chairman of OMV, Johann Pleininger.  The statement was made during the presentation of the company's strategy for the next six years. As stated in the presentation materials, OMV has a "great potential" in the Russian Federation. Speaking at the presentation, Pleininger said that in the future the company's management is going to consider new acquisitions. Currently, OMV receives one hundred thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day from the Yuzhno-Russkoye field. Two years later, the Austrians will start gas production from the Urengoy field. This project will be implemented jointly with Gazprom, the Russian gas and oil giant. And yet, it was not specified which assets are referred to. However, the head of the Austrian concern, Rainer Seele, called Gazprom one of the likely partners.  Read more...
Kazakhstan Offers Stake In State Oil Firm To Shell, March 13, 2018: ASTANA, March 13 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund has offered Royal Dutch Shell the chance to buy a significant minority stake in national oil company KazMunayGaz (KMG) to make its planned flotation more attractive to foreign investors, two sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.
State-owned KMG is the central Asian nation's third largest oil producer and has stakes in all major Kazakh projects including the giant Kashagan oil field. It is Shell's partner in several joint ventures.
Samruk-Kazyna, the Kazakh sovereign fund, plans to float KMG next year as part of the government's privatization program.  The fund owns a 90 percent stake in the company and Kazakhstan's central bank holds the remaining 10 percent.  The central bank took a stake after effectively printing $4 billion to help KMG pay off its debt after the oil price crash.   Read more...
SPIEF-2018: Youth Economic Forum to be held on 26 May 2018, March 14, 2018:  On 26 May 2018, the SPIEF venue will host the Youth Economic Forum organized by the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh) in conjunction with the All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium Business OPORA RUSSIA and the Talent and Success Educational Foundation.
"With a view to fulfilling an assignment by Vladimir Putin to establish a permanent youth platform at the SPIEF, the Programme Committee has suggested holding a special Youth Day on the 3rd day of the SPIEF, which will include the Youth Economic Forum and many other interesting projects.    Integrating youth into the work of the SPIEF on a permanent basis will facilitate exchange of experience among representatives of various spheres of life and building of trust between generations, this also reflecting the Forum's key theme of building a trust economy," noted Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Head of the Programme Committee of the SPIEF Organizing Committee.  Read more...

Record breaking food production in Russia could see exports reaching $40 billion, March 13, 2018:  Russia is strengthening its position in the global food market with the country's agriculture sector booming. This is largely due to government policy in response to sanctions, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. "The policy of import substitution has proved its worth in a number of sectors. Talking about agricultural produce, we can say we are self-sufficient. We expect that export potential may double by 2025," said Yevgeny Akhlashev, director of the ministry's food and processing industry department, which expects exports to reach $40 billion. He noted that, over the past three years, Russia has dramatically reduced imports of sugar (by 73pc), meat (by 36pc), and cheese products (by 29pc), while domestic production in these sectors increased considerably. Statistics show that Russia's export potential in the agriculture sector has surged 15-fold in the past decade. As a result, exports of sugar have risen 17-fold in the past two years. Vegetable-oil exports have increased by 40pc.   Read more...
Sudan plans to sign memorandum with Russia on construction of nuclear power plant, March 12, 2018:  MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. Sudan plans to sign a memorandum with Russia on the construction of a nuclear power plant, Sudan News Agency (SUNA) said on Monday, citing an official from the ministry of water resources, irrigation and electricity.
Sudanese Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity Mutaz Mohamed Musa Salim set off for a visit to Moscow on Monday to have talks with top executives of the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom. According to the ministry official, the visit is expected to yield a number of protocols of understanding and a roadmap for the implementation of the plan for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Sudan.  The minister's visit takes place several months after Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir's statement about his country's intention to develop cooperation with Russia in the nuclear energy sector, SUNA noted.   Read more...
Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia create joint energy corridor

En.trend, March 13, 2018: Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia are considering the possibility of creating a joint energy corridor, Azerbaijani Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev, who is on a visit to Tehran, told reporters on March 13.He said that representatives of the three countries are conducting relevant talks."We have a successful cooperation [with Iran] in the energy sector. We are moving from the cooperation in a bilateral format to a trilateral format - Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan," the minister said. Mustafayev further noted that Azerbaijan and Iran intend to cooperate in the sphere of oil and gas production in the Caspian Sea. Earlier the Azerbaijani Energy Ministry announced about the possibility of creating an energy corridor "North-South" on a par with the transport corridor of the same name. "Both countries are working hard in the transport sector. Read more...
World Cup boosts Russia flight bookings, March 14, 2018: Bookings for air travel to Russia during the football World Cup this summer are currently more than double the same period last year as the FIFA tournament returns to Europe for the first time since Germany 2006.The latest figures are from ForwardKeys which predicts future travel patterns by analyzing 17 million booking transactions a day. Russia is hosting the 32-team competition for the first time - it runs from  June 14 to July 15. The Forwardkeys' findings show the biggest peak in arrivals comes as the tournament opens, and figures remain high for the rest of June - 118.3% ahead of last year - as the competition moves to its climax. Travelers are coming from across the world, and bookings for arrival during the World Cup period from those countries that have qualified for the competition show enormous increases compared to the equivalent position at the same time last year. Mexico shows the greatest uplift - ahead by a factor of 19 on visitors going to Russia last year. Brazil (x15), Argentina (x10), and Poland (x7), who have also qualified, all show dramatic increases in bookings, as of the end of February.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости членов Палаты
ТМК видит выгоду в новых пошлинах США, 12 марта, 2018: Трубная металлургическая компания, крупнейший в России производитель стальных труб заявила в пятницу, что ждет положительного эффекта для своего американского подразделения IPSCO от новых пошлин США на сталь и алюминий, передает Reuters.Президент США Дональд Трамп в четверг распорядился ввести пошлины в 25% на импорт стали и в 10% на импорт алюминия. Канада и Мексика были освобождены от повышения пошлин до тех пор, пока есть неопределенность по поводу соглашения NAFTA.«Мы прогнозируем, что введенные пошлины положительно скажутся на бизнесе IPSCO, так как эта компания не импортирует сталь в качестве сырья. Для остальных предприятий ТМК оценка влияния мер пока не завершена», - говорится в сообщении компании.  Читать далее...
"Роснефть" начала производство бензина АИ-100

Teknoblog, 13 марта, 2018: "Рязанская нефтеперерабатывающая компания", принадлежащая "Роснефти", произвела первую партию автомобильного бензина с октановым числом 100. Как говорится в пресс-релизе Рязанского НПЗ, топливом АИ-100 будут заправляться машины гоночной команды LADA Sport Rosneft.
"АИ-100 предназначен для высокофорсированных двигателей. Его высокие детонационные свойства позволяют в полной мере раскрыть потенциал современных двигателей и повысить эффективность работы моторов спортивных автомобилей", - говорится с сообщении компании. Бензины марки АИ-100 обладает повышенными экологическими показателями, отметили на НПЗ. Новый продукт прошел все квалификационные и стендовые испытания на соответствие качества требованиям техрегламента для бензинов экологического класса К5.  Читать далее...
В Угличе началась подготовка площадки для строительства ФОКа по программе «Газпром - детям»  

News.rambler, 14 марта, 2018: В Ярославской области по программе «Газпром - детям» будет построено пять физкультурно-оздоровительных комплексов различной функциональной направленности. Строительство трех объектов - в Ярославле на улице Панина, в Угличе и поселке Семибратово Ростовского района - начнется уже в ближайшие месяцы. Сегодня заместитель председателя Правительства Ярославской области Максим Авдеев посетил строительную площадку Угличского ФОКа. В настоящее время здесь идут плановые подготовительные работы.
- Для региона ФОКи - крайне значимые объекты. Очень важно, чтобы у всех жителей нашей области, в том числе в сельской местности, были возможности для здорового, активного образа жизни, - отметил Максим Авдеев. - Поэтому создание и развитие спортивной инфраструктуры в Ярославской области - важная задача программы развития региона «10 точек роста». Читать далее...
Во все легкие!, 14 марта, 2018: Стартовал совместный проект концерна «Шелл» в России, Бизнес-школы СКОЛКОВО и  Концерн «Шелл» в России, Бизнес-школа СКОЛКОВО и запустили совместный проект «Во все легкие». Наша главная цель - это разобраться, какие факторы влияют на чистоту воздуха в трех российских городах - Омске, Южно-Сахалинске и Самаре.  Для этого мы отправили блогерский десант в Омск, чьи ТЭЦ работают на угле, Южно-Сахалинск, в котором как раз идет переход с угля на газ, и Самару, где уже давно в качестве топлива используется природный газ.  Наряду с фотографиями и экспериментами, мы попросили специализированные лаборатории помочь нам оценить качество воздуха и снега в этих городах. А еще мы решили облачить наших путешественников в белоснежные комбинезоны, чтобы проверить как на практике работает так называемый «метод белого воротничка»: говорят, что в «угольных» городах он может почернеть уже через несколько часов носки.   Читать далее...
Pemex очень хочет, чтобы ЛУКОЙЛ почаще участвовал в тендерах, 10 марта, 2018: Мексиканская  госкомпания P emex  очень надеется, что ЛУКОЙЛ примет участие в новых тендерах на нефтегазовые блоки на территории страны. Однако создать какие-то особые условия для российской компании не сможет. "Мы делаем все возможное, чтобы наши тендерные процессы были более открытыми и конкурентными. Поэтому, если  ЛУКОЙЛ хочет участвовать в проектах в Мексике, конечно, компания должна будет пройти все этапы тендеров как в области разведки и добычи, так и хранения", - заявил журналистам гендиректор  Pemex Карлос Тревиньо.
Ранее, в ноябре прошлого года глава ЛУКОЙЛа Вагит Алекперов заявлял, что обе компании планируют обсудить вопрос создания совместного альянса для реализации новых проектов. Собственно, сейчас точно известно об одном месторождении, которое разрабатывает российская компания.  Читать далее...
Новости недели
Путин назвал ключевые направления для экспорта российской продукции, 12 марта, 2018: Ключевыми направлениями по развитию инфраструктуры и логистических узлов для экспорта российской продукции является Дальний Восток, Азово-Черноморский бассейн и северо-западное направление, заявил президент РФ Владимир Путин, выступая на пленарном заседании Всероссийского форума сельхозпроизводителей.  Читать далее...
«ЗАРУБЕЖНЕФТЬ» ПЕРВОЙ ПОДПИШЕТ КОНТРАКТЫ С ИРАНОМ, 13 марта, 2018: «Зарубежнефть» первая из российских нефтяных компаний подпишет сегодня два IPC (Iranian Petroleum Contract) с Национальной иранской нефтяной компанией (NIOC), сообщает ТАСС со ссылкой на источник в компании
Речь идет о месторождениях Абан и Западный Пейдар. По условиям контракта, компания будет работать на месторождениях в консорциуме с местной Dana Energy. Сроки и суммы контракта пока не уточняются. Официально данную информацию «Зарубежнефть» не комментирует. «Зарубежнефть» интересуется несколькими месторождениями в Иране, но Абан и Западный Пейдар были первыми, по которым компания подписала меморандумы с NIOC в конце 2016 года. Оба проекта находятся в иранской провинции Илам, приграничной с Ираком. Ранее компания представила Ирану планы разработки еще четырех месторождений - Сепехр, Джофейр и Даркхуайн и газового Киш.  Читать далее...
РЖД и Коми договорились о сотрудничестве до 2022 года 

News.rambler, 14 марта, 2018: Правительство Республики Коми и Северная железная дорога заключили соглашение о сотрудничестве на 2018-2022 годы. Документ является стратегическим для региона и компании, сказал при подписании глава республики Сергей Гапликов.
"Это стратегическое соглашение для республики и компании. Мы выстроили дорожную карту, учтены все вопросы, которые мы обговаривали, они являются крайне важными", - сказал Гапликов.
Как подчеркнул начальник Северной железной дороги - филиала ОАО "РЖД" Валерий Танаев, ежегодно основной магистралью на севере пользуются 2,5 млн человек, более 600 предприятий - отправителей грузов и более 500 предприятий - грузополучателей. "Наша компания - крупный и стабильный налогоплательщик (платежи в региональный и местные бюджеты возросли в 2017 году на 6% до 1,6 млрд рублей), крупный работодатель - 8 тыс. человек работают в регионе на железной дороге.   Читать далее...
Месторождения алмазов могут быть обнаружены на юге Архангельской области

Tass, 14 марта, 2018: АРХАНГЕЛЬСК, 14 марта. /ТАСС/. Новые алмазные месторождения могут быть обнаружены в Шенкурском и Устьянском районах на юге Архангельской области. Об этом ТАСС сообщили в пресс-службе министерства природных ресурсов и лесопромышленного комплекса региона.
"В Устьянском и Шенкурском районах области в ходе геологоразведочных работ в относительно небольших по объему пробах были найдены алмазы, в том числе и ювелирного качества. Анализ алмазов показал, что они не похожи на камни, которые добывают на уже открытых месторождениях региона. Есть вероятность, что это новые [алмазоносные] трубки", - пояснили в пресс-службе.
Запасы разведанных месторождений алмазов области оцениваются примерно в 250 млн карат, в год на двух месторождениях имени Ломоносова и имени Гриба на севере области добывается порядка 7,5 млн карат. Наибольшая вероятность обнаружения новых месторождений существует в так называемом Зимнебережном районе на побережье Белого моря.  Читать далее...
Россияне собрались в Египет, 12 марта, 2018: EgypAir уже на следующей неделе может возобновить полеты из Каира в Москву и обратно. В аэропорту «Домодедово» уже выставлена дата первого рейса - 22 марта. Правда, дата несколько раз переносилась, и даже за понедельник она успела смениться.  На сайте воздушной гавани в понедельник утром в расписании появились рейсы EgyptAir Каир-Москва и Москва-Каир под тем же номером, что и до приостановки авиасообщения - MS 730 и MS 729, с началом полетов с 18 марта. Рейсы были запланированы три раза в неделю - вторник, четверг и воскресенье.
Позже расписание было скорректировано - дата первого рейса была намечена на 22 марта, а число рейсов сокращено до двух в неделю - во вторник и четверг.  EgyptAir ждет этого разрешения уже на этой неделе, а первый прямой рейс ожидается еще через неделю, пишет РИА «Новости» со ссылкой на египетскую газету «Ахбар аль-Йоум».  Читать далее...
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