No. 178

  USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities
USRCC's Booth at the Annual Summer NAPE in Houston  

The annual Summer NAPE in Houston is an expo and networking event that brings together all the players necessary to forge, facilitate and close deals. More intimate than the annual NAPE Summit, this show is a "must attend" event to network with the people and players who have firsthand knowledge of the opportunities and prospects throughout the area. Summer NAPE is where deals happen:

The Summit will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston TX
August 15-16, 2018.

Stop by the USRCC booth #1538!


The USRCC invites Young Professionals 
to join us 

at the

2nd Annual Senior Executive Knowledge Sharing Series:
From a Young Professional to an Industry Leader 


Vice President
 New Business Development &  Commercial 
North America and Brazil
Shell International Exploration and Production Company
Upstream and Integrated Gas

With the Petroleum engineering background, Mr. Marsili worked in Eni and Enterprise Oil before joining Shell 16 years ago as Area Development Lead for Gannet cluster in UK North Sea. Mr. Marsili covered a number of Asset Commercial roles in UK and Italy. Mr. Marsili worked in NBD as Head of M&A in Shell Energy Europe and as Senior Business Development Manager responsible for the Iraq South Gas project.

More recently Mr. Marsili worked as the Venture Implementation Manager and Commercial Director for Basra Gas Company Joint Venture in Iraq.

Currently Mr. Marsili is a Vice President, New Business Development & Commercial, North America and Brazil, Shell.  Full bio is available here.

Join the USRCC for the engaging discussion and learn how to improve your skills, knowledge and attitude to reach your personal and professional goals and advance your career.

When: Tuesday, September 18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: University of Houston, Bauer College of Business
Insperity Classroom & Business Building (CBB)
4th Floor, Room 412
4302 University Drive, Houston, Texas 77204

Audience: Young Professionals

Parking:  Welcome Center Parking Garage
4400 University Drive, Houston, Texas 77204
Visitor Parking is on 3rd & 4th floors

USRCC Member - free | Non-Member $20

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend

The 8th Annual Welcome Reception
Honoring Russian and CIS Delegations to the 
Breakbulk Americas  2018

Please join the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Russian and CIS delegations to the 8th Annual Breakbulk Americas Reception . This annual event draws decision makers in U.S.- Russia trade and investment, including senior representatives from major shipping and logistics companies, leaders in the oil and gas industry, government officials, elected officials and more.

Breakbulk Americas is the largest and most important gathering in North America for companies involved in the shipping of heavy-lift, project cargo and traditional breakbulk cargoes. The conference provides shippers with the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with the leading specialized carriers, forwarders, ports, terminals and packers who have the expertise and resources to handle oversized cargoes with unique handling requirements.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 * 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Four Seasons Hotel, Whitney Room * 1300 Lamar Street, 
Houston, TX 77010

USRCC Members - $30/Non-Members - $60
Please note: Refunds will not be issued after September the 30th, 2018

For sponsorship opportunities please contact:

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce
2900 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 133, Houston, TX 77042 
Phone: 713.429.4680 Email :

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 the 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
USRCC Membership
Are you taking advantage of your  USRCC Member Benefits?

Renew your membership or join for the first time today!

For more information  click here 
Interested in learning more about our 2018 events?

To see a full list   click here                                                                                                                     
Members' News
Exxon Mobil Corporation: ExxonMobil Earns $4 Billion in Second Quarter of 2018, July 27, 2018:  Exxon Mobil Corporation today announced estimated second quarter 2018 earnings of $4 billion, or $0.92 per share assuming dilution, compared with $3.4 billion a year earlier. Cash flow from operations and asset sales was $8.1 billion, including proceeds associated with asset sales of $307 million. During the quarter, the corporation distributed $3.5 billion in dividends to shareholders. Capital and exploration expenditures were $6.6 billion, up 69 percent from the prior year, reflecting key investments in Brazil, the U.S. Permian Basin and Indonesia.  Read more...
Lukoil starts installation of wellhead platform substructre at the Vladimir
Filanovsky field, July 31, 2018: LUKOIL completed transportation and started installation of the substructure for the wellhead platform (mini offshore ice-resistant fixed platform) at the Vladimir Filanovsky field in the Caspian Sea.
The wellhead platform is designed to produce and gather crude oil, as well as to supply it to the central processing platform of the first stage of the field. The wellhead platform is being built as part of the third stage of the field, which is implemented to develop the Western part of the reservoir and maintain stable production plateau.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Russia to host the 25th World Energy Congress, August 1, 2018: The World Energy Council (WEC) has announced that Russia will be the host of the next World Energy Congress held in 2022. The announcement follows a vote to select the winning bid from proposals submitted by Portugal, the USA, and Russia, during which it was decided that the 25th World Energy Congress will take place in St. Petersburg from 11 to 15 June. Read more...
Rosatom, Necsa to cooperate in nuclear medicine, July 27, 2018: Rusatom Healthcare - a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom - and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) have signed an agreement to cooperate on non-power applications of nuclear technology, particularly nuclear medicine. Under the agreement, the partners plan to construct two small-scale reactors as well as a cyclotron in South Africa for the production of medical isotopes.  Read more...
Gazprom Neft Plots Their Path To A Digital Future, July 30, 2018 One company striving to grasp the digital thread is Russian giant Gazprom Neft. The company is active in all of Russia's major oil and gas regions, selling throughout the Russian Federation and exporting its products to more than 50 countries worldwide.
Alexey Vashkevich, head of geo exploration at Gazprom Neft is clear that each company needs to base their strategy on their value drivers and then identify which product they need to use for the digital transformation. "When we started this process, we had about 200 ideas in the digit al area," he says. 
NOVATEK spuds 1st well at the North-Obskiy license area, July 30, 2018:  NOVATEK announced that its subsidiary Arctic LNG 3 commenced drilling of the first well at the North-Obskiy license area located in the shallow waters of the Ob Bay.  The initial well is drilled using a jack-up floating drilling rig Amazon leased from Gazprom flot. The drilling process is based on zero discharge principle, whereby all of the waste products are collected and transported 125 km to Sabetta onshore base.  Read more...
Russia to host the IPHS 2020 conference, July 27, 2018: For the first time Russia will host the International Planning History Society Conference. Through the collaborative effort of the Russian Convention Bureau and the Concord Group supported by the Roscongress Foundation, following the presentation of the Russia's bidding committee, Moscow was chosen as the venue for the IPHS 2020 conference. The conference will take place on 1-5 July 2020. Its theme will be 'City Space Transformation: Renovation of The Urban Environment'.  Read more...
Sberbank runs AI contest, July 31, 2018: Sberbank announces the beginning of the Classic AI competition as part of its project to develop artificial intelligence. The participants of the competition will develop an algorithm that will create a poem in style of a given author, based on the received part of their text in Russian.  Read more...
Tajikistan increases wheat import from Kazakhstan, August 3, 2018: Tajikistan has increased wheat imports from Kazakhstan by 65,000 tons in the first half of this year, which exceeds the indicator for the same period last year by 15 percent, the Antimonopoly Service under the Government of Tajikistan said in a statement Aug. 2.  Read more...
Russia and Kazakhstan to make rocket for Moon and Mars flights, August 1, 2018: Kazakhstan will participate in designing Russian super-heavy lift launch vehicle at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the Aerospace Committee of the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan (Kazkosmos) said.
Creation of the super-heavy class space rocket complex is foreseen at the Baikonur among major space projects of Kazakhstan and Russia according to the approved conceptual framework of further cooperation, RIA Novosti reported.
Kazakhstan also plans together with Russia to create an ultra-light rocket to launch small satellites and to start production of rocket spare parts at Baikonur Cosmodrome.  Read more...
Trade between Azerbaijan and Udmurtia increased three-fold, August 3, 2018: Trade between Azerbaijan and Udmurtia amounted to $2.27 million in the first five months of the year, which is three times more than in the same period of 2017, said first deputy chairman of the government of Udmurt Republic of Russia Alexander Svinin as he met with an Azerbaijani delegation headed by vice-president of the National Academy of Sciences, MP Isa Habibbayli.  Read more...
Uzbek-Japanese business ties strengthen, August 1, 2018: A forum of business circles of Uzbekistan and Japan was held in Tashkent on July 31, UzA reported. The event was attended by heads of ministries and departments, companies and concerns of the two countries responsible for such areas as foreign economic relations, trade, investment, oil and gas, energy, tourism, automotive, construction, geology, chemistry, light industry, textiles, production of electronic products, pharmaceuticals, information technology and telecommunications, small business and private entrepreneurship, healthcare.  Read more...

Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
UTMN International School Brings Together Leading Global Thinkers, July 31, 2018: The University of Tyumen was the venue of the summer-time international research school Illuminations involving over 50 university-level researchers from Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Austria, Poland and other countries, according to the university's press service.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Вторую ветку «Турецкого потока» дотянули до центра Черного моря, 1 августа, 2018: Крупнейшее в мире трубоукладочное судно Pioneering spirit уложило половину морского участка второй нитки «Турецкого потока». По данным навигационного портала Marinetraffic, судно находится в центре Черного моря. До крымской Алупки и турецкого Тюркели - 136 километров, до западного и восточного берега Черного моря по прямой - около 500 километров. Работы ведутся при глубине более 2 километров. В районе укладки газопровода находятся два буксира и судно снабжения Siem Spearfish, которое ведет подводные работы. На точку оно прибыло вчера из болгарской Варны.  Читать далее...
Минстрой и «Роснано» будут сотрудничать в сфере инновационных технологий, 31 июля, 2018: Инновационные технологии и материалы в сфере строительства, градостроительства и архитектуры будут совместно продвигать Министерство строительства и жилищно-коммунального хозяйства России и управляющая компания «Роснано». Соответствующее соглашение подписали глава Минстроя Владимир Якушев и председатель правления «Роснано» Анатолий Чубайс. Читать далее...
В Сколково искусственный интеллект научили предсказывать рост растений, 28 июля, 2018: Динамику роста растений можно предсказать, используя компьютерное зрение и методы машинного обучения. Систему создали ученые из Сколковского института науки и технологий (Сколтеха), рассказали в пресс-службе вуза 27 июля.  Читать далее...
Экспортная пошлина на нефть из России снизилась до $ 135,4, 1 августа, 2018: Экспортная пошлина на российскую нефть с 1 августа снизилась до $ 135,4 со $ 139,1 в июле, сообщается в материалах Минэкономразвития. Средняя цена на нефть Urals за период мониторинга с 15 июня по 14 июля 2018 года составила $ 73,54 за баррель, или $ 536,8 за тонну.  Читать далее...
«Сколково» поможет Самарской области с образовательными проектами., 1 августа, 2018: Самарская область и московская школа управления «Сколково» подписали соглашение, в рамках которого планируют реализовывать совместные образовательные, научные, и международные проекты.  Читать далее...
ЦБ РФ: иностранцы во время ЧМ-2018 поддержали российский экспорт, 30 июля, 2018: Повышение спроса на российские товары и услуги со стороны иностранных болельщиков в период проведения чемпионата мира по футболу оказывало поддержку российскому экспорту, говорится в информационно-аналитическом материале ЦБ РФ «Экономика» за июнь.
«Повышение спроса на отечественные товары и услуги со стороны иностранных болельщиков оказывало поддержку экспорту. По оценкам, во II квартале 2018 года физический объем экспорта вырос на 5-6% в годовом сопоставлении», - цитирует ТАСС регулятора.  Читать далее...
Татарстанские промышленные предприятия серьёзно включились в процессы цифровизации, 2 августа, 2018: Сегодня исполняющий обязанности Президента Республики Татарстан Алексей Песошин принял участие в семинаре-совещании по вопросу внедрения цифровых технологий с целью повышения производительности труда в промышленности Татарстана и практики диверсификации производства на предприятиях ОПК, сообщает пресс-служба Президента РТ.  Читать далее...
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