No. 188

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Shell achieves engineering milestone at Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex

Prnewswire.com, October 10, 2018: Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC (Shell) today announced the successful installation of its quench tower - the largest piece of equipment at its Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex, currently under construction. The heavy lift of the quench tower, undertaken October 7, marked an important milestone in the project.  Since the start of main construction in November 2017, Shell has also safely erected two of three reactors associated with the planned polyethylene units and laid around 15 miles of underground pipe for the cooling, firewater and drainage systems. Read more...

Lukoil.com, October 9, 2018: LUKOIL won the Best Socially-Oriented Oil and Gas Company Contest as part of the 8th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.
LUKOIL was awarded a certificate for best sustainability report of an oil and gas company with over one hundred thousand employees. LUKOIL-West Siberia, the company's wholly owned subsidiary, was also recognized for improvements in living standards of its employees.
The key objective of the Best Socially-Oriented Company Contest held annually by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation is to promote the oil and gas industry, as well as to identify, learn and share the experience of the companies that have been successful in solving social tasks and improving working and living conditions of their employees.
Atlantic RoRo Carriers makes its first vessel call at The Port of Philadelphia

Enportsnews.ru, August 22, 2018: Atlantic RoRo Carriers Inc. (ARRC) had its first vessel call at The Port of Philadelphia's Tioga Marine Terminal. The M/V Warnow Sun is part of ARRC's multi-cargo handling vessels of breakbulk, project cargo, vehicles, containers and heavy lift ability operating between St. Petersburg, Russia; Antwerp, Belgium and the United States East and Gulf coasts, the company said in its press release.
"ARRC Lines calling PhilaPort is a perfect fit," said Jeff Theobald, PhilaPort CEO. "The types of cargo the line carries matches the terminal's capabilities extremely well."
"The ARRC service and the types of cargo they load is exactly in our wheelhouse," said Robert Palaima President of Delaware River Stevedores (DRS) and operator of Tioga Marine Terminal. "This service requires a diverse set of skills and includes everything from heavy lift know-how to the more straightforward container operations."   Read more...
The Week in Review
Russia forecast to make substantial oil and gas pipeline additions by 2022

Worldpipelines.com, October 11, 2018: Russia is forecast to add the highest trunk pipeline length in the Former Soviet Union oil and gas pipelines industry between 2018 and 2022, contributing a total length of 20 680 km by 2022, which will account for around 75% of the region's planned and announced oil and gas pipeline length additions, according to leading data and analytics company  GlobalData. Read more...
Russia Ready To Increase Export Of Grain, Start Delivering Meat To Nigeria - Minister

Urdupoint.com, October 11, 2018: Russia is interested in increasing export of grain to  Nigeria as well as introducing  exports of meat and fish products to the West African country,  Russian  Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev said on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, the  Russian minister met with his Nigerian counterpart Audu Innocent Ogbeh. Read more...
Economy and energy dominate agenda in Russian-Slovak relations - Slovak minister

Tass.com, October 11, 2018: The prospects for expanding economic and trade cooperation will be discussed next week at the session of the Russian-Slovak inter-governmental commission. The main criteria for developing relations between Slovakia and Russia are economic and energy interests, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak said in an interview published by Bratislava's Pravda newspaper on Wednesday.   Read more...
Havana to Host the First Russia-Latin America Business Forum

Tass.com, October 8, 2018: On 29 October 2018, the capital of the Republic of Cuba, Havana, is to host the presentation of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean at the Russia-Latin America Business Forum. The event is to take place during the duration of the 16th meeting of the Intergovernmental Russian-Cuban Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Yury Borisov. Techzvetmet LLC is General Partner of the event. Russia-Latin America Business Forum takes place for the second time. The event premiered in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay in March 2016.  Read more...
Russia-Africa business forum to promote opportunities

Southerntimesafrica.com, October 8, 2018: Business opportunities for Russian companies on the African continent will be promoted at the upcoming first edition of the Russia-Africa Trade and Investment Forum (RAfTIF), planned by organizers to be a platform that serves as a bridge between Russian and African businesses, according to RAfTIF website report.
The forum, scheduled for 28 and 29 November in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with its ease of access for both Russian and African delegates, was chosen as the venue for a broader and more representative participation in the event. Read more...
Russia agrees with Edison, DEPA to keep working on gas pipeline to Europe, says minister

Ekathimerini.com, October 9, 2018: Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday he had agreed with Italy's Edison and Greece's state-controlled gas company DEPA to continue work on a pipeline project to ship Russian natural gas into Europe. Speaking at an event in Milan, Novak also said that the Turkish Stream Project was on track for first commercial gas at the end of next year. Read more...
Russia, Saudi Arabia to finalize several joint projects by end-2018, energy minister says

Tass.com, October 9, 2018: In October 2017, the two sides signed a roadmap on midterm trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation. Russia and Saudi Arabia can finalize several joint projects by the end of 2018, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in an interview aired by the Rossiya-24 TV news channel on Tuesday. "There is a number of good projects, particularly involving Saudi Aramco, Sibur, Novatek. The companies are currently holding negotiations. As soon as they reach the final stage and it becomes clear that an agreement has been reached it will be possible to pay a visit to Saudi Arabia. Hopefully, that will happen this year," he said.  Read more...
IKEA eyes partnership deals to boost Russian online business

Reuters.com, October 10, 2018: IKEA Group is looking to sign strategic partnerships with Russian companies to boost its local online business, the furniture retailer's Russia country manager Pontus Erntell said on Wednesday.
IKEA, known for its flat-packed self-assembly furniture, owns 14 hypermarkets in 11 Russian cities. In the past year, it has focused on bringing customers online and that business now accounts for 8 percent of its Russian turnover.   Read more...
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
Rostelecom, Tyumen govt, Tyumen Industrial University sign Smart Region cooperation agreement

Telecompaper.com, October 10, 2018: Russian national operator Rostelecom has signed an agreement with the government of the Tyumen region, as well as with Tyumen Industrial University to cooperate on implementing the Smart Region project.   Read more...

CIS Business News
Results of cooperation between Belarus and Russia in agro-industrial sector demonstrated in Moscow

Tvr.by, October 11, 2018: The 10th anniversary Agrosalon has brought together the leading agricultural machinery manufacturers from Belarus, Poland, the Baltic countries, Germany, the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia, China and many others arrived.Pavilions of more than 500 manufacturers from 28 countries of the world, from Europe to South America and East Asia, are located on 70 thousand square meters. One of the brightest ones are the Belarusian pavilions. Gomselmash will present a new top quality combine harvester at Agrosalon.  Read more...
Russian company to supply gold mining equipment to Uzbekistan

Trend.az, October 11, 2018: Russia's Voronezh-based "Rudgormash" company will supply gold mining equipment worth 1 billion rubles ($ 15.1 million) to Uzbekistan by the end of this year, Podrobno.uz reported. "This year we are fulfilling a fairly large order for the supplies to the gold mining industry of Uzbekistan, in price terms, this order costs more than 1 billion rubles. Under this contract, we have supplied drilling rigs and spare parts for them. But that's not all," President of the Russian company Anatoly Chekmenev told "Kommersant" newspaper.  Read more...
Ambassador: Branches of 3 Russian universities to open in Azerbaijan

Trend.az, October 11, 2018: Branches of three more Russian universities, namely, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the Higher School of Economics and the Moscow State University of Humanities and Economics will open in Azerbaijan, Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mikhail Bocharnikov said at a press conference in Baku on Oct. 11.  Read more...
Belarus eager to advance cooperation with Russia's Tula Oblast in civil engineering, manufacturing

Belta.by, October 11, 2018: Belarus is interested in advancing cooperation with Tula Oblast in the sphere of civil engineering and manufacturing. These matters were discussed during the session of the joint working group on cooperation between Belarus and Russia's Tula Oblast at premises of the Belarusian state light industry concern Bellegprom on 11 October, BelTA has learned. Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
"Росатом": Россия - мировой лидер в развитии быстрых технологий

Vestifinance.ru, 11 октября, 2018: Развитие технологий реакторов на быстрых нейтронах и замкнутого ядерного топливного цикла позволит сохранить позиции в глобальной атомной энергетике. "Россия является мировым лидером в развитии быстрых технологий и ЗЯТЦ, в нашей стране накоплен огромный опыт в этой области. Развитие данных технологий позволит нам сохранить мировое лидерство в ядерной энергетике", - заявил представитель "Росатома" по международным и научно-техническим проектам, руководитель проектного направления "Прорыв" Вячеслав Першуков на конференции госкорпорации в Томске.  Читать далее...
ОПЕК повысила прогноз по добыче нефти в России

Rbc.ru, 11 октября, 2018: ОПЕК повысила прогноз по добыче жидких углеводородов в России до 11,19 млн бар/сутки, об этом говорится в докладе организации. Ранее в сентябре ОПЕК прогнозировала (pdf) добычу до 11,15 млн барр./сутки. Отмечается, что в сентябре добыча в России превысила 11,36 млн барр./сутки - это рекордный результат. Читать далее...

Vch.ru, 11 октября, 2018: В ходе выставки «Золотая осень-2018» состоялись переговоры главы Минсельхоза России Дмитрия Патрушева с Министром сельского хозяйства Венгрии Иштваном Надемом. Как отметил Дмитрий Патрушев, в январе-сентябре 2018 года товарооборот продукции АПК между Россией и Венгрией увеличился на 19,4% по сравнению с аналогичным периодом 2017 года до порядка 200 млн долларов. Значительная часть суммы приходится на импорт - на российский рынок поставляется кукуруза, корма для животных, различные пищевые продукты. При этом экспорт отечественных производителей на территорию Венгрии сегодня составляет чуть более 2 млн долларов. Читать далее...
Россия намерена увеличить экспорт кондитерских изделий в два раза до $2 млрд

Vestifinance.ru, 11 октября, 2018: Российские кондитерские предприятия намерены к 2025 г. удвоить экспорт своих изделий, заявил исполнительный директор Ассоциации предприятий кондитерской промышленности (АСКОНД) Вячеслав Лашманкин. "Рассчитываем в перспективе до 2025 г. увеличить экспорт продукции как минимум в два раза", - отметил Лашманкин. В 2017 г. российские кондитеры поставили за рубеж товаров на $1 млрд. Причем отрасль заняла четвертое место среди отраслей-экспортеров продукции российского АПК, подчеркнул Лашманкин.  Читать далее...
Экспорт продукции АПК из России в Катар вырос на 40%

Dairynews.ru, 11 октября, 2018: Экспорт продукции АПК из России в Катар вырос на 40%, пишет The DairyNews со ссылкой на пресс-службу Минсельхоза РФ. Министр сельского хозяйства Дмитрий Патрушев провел рабочую встречу с Министром по делам муниципалитетов и окружающей среды Государства Катар Мохамедом Бен Абдаллой Аль-Румейхи. Переговоры состоялись в рамках Российской агропромышленной выставки «Золотая осень». Как было отмечено в ходе встречи, АПК традиционно является одним из важнейших направлений российско-катарского сотрудничества, а за последние годы торгово-экономические отношения между двумя странами вышли на качественно новый уровень.  Читать далее...
eBay и «Почта России» упростят российским экспортерам логистику

Cnews.ru, 11 октября, 2018: eBay и «Почта России» объявили о начале сотрудничества, направленного на развитие розничного экспорта из России и упрощение логистических процедур для отечественных экспортеров. Благодаря интеграции российские продавцы впервые смогут оформить документы и оплатить международное отправление онлайн, не выходя из офиса или дома.  Читать далее...
ОЭЗ «Алабуга» четвертый раз подряд попала в мировой рейтинг особых экономических зон

Tida.tatarstan.ru, 10 октября, 2018: ОЭЗ «Алабуга» четвертый раз подряд попала в мировой рейтинг особых экономических зон Global Free Zones of the Year. Рейтинг составлен журналом Foreign Direct Investment Intelligence, входящим в группу Financial Times.  Читать далее...

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