No. 198

  USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities

The USRCC Young Professionals Committee 
invites you to attend

HR Panel and Networking Event 
"Landing the Dream Entry-Level job"

Join us and learn from experienced HR professionals what counts in making that first or second step into a career.
  • What key experiences and competencies do you have to obtain in college and your first job/internship to land the first dream job?
  • What are the key tips for an individual to be recognized from the pool of candidates?
  • What is critical to include in the perfect CV; what are the things to never have on a CV?
  • What is the best way to find and apply for your first job: through the internet (Linkedin), through specific hiring events, networking events, graduate alumni?
  •  How can professionals from abroad on student or work visas find the dream long-term job and earn a chance to become residents?
These and other questions to be answered by the group of panel speakers at the event.

Save the date!

When: Thursday, February 21, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where : University of Houston  Downtown

Stay tuned for more details!

USRCC Partner Event

Women in Energy Luncheon
Join top industry executives to celebrate  Oil and Gas Investor's 25 Influential Women In  Energy   honorees at a gala luncheon,  February 12, 2019 . Network and dine with distinguished leaders who have risen to the top of their professions and achieved outstanding success in the oil and gas industry. Luncheon program is available  here.

When: February 12, 2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hilton Americas Houston
1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010

We are pleased to offer a special discount to all the USRCC members! Please contact us for more details at

USRCC's Booth at the Annual NAPE SUMMIT WEEK in Houston 

The annual NAPE Summit Week is an expo and networking event that brings together all the players necessary to forge, facilitate and close deals. In the upstream oil and gas business, it is the largest and most successful event of its kind in the world.

NAPE Summit Week is held February 11-15, 2019, in Houston, TX. This massive, week-long event offers prospects, producers and purchasers the unique chance to connect, reconnect and make deals. For those who seek to be successful in the upstream oil and gas business, NAPE Summit Week is the "must attend" event that has the potential to open up a myriad of opportunities. The oil and gas industry is fueled by deals. And NAPE is where deals happen:

February 11 - 15 2019

Stop by the USRCC Booth #4829

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Members' News
Shell boosts renewables push in U.S. and Asia, December 20, 2018: Royal Dutch Shell announced two new renewables deals on Wednesday, the latest sign that oil-and-gas behemoths - especially the European-based majors - are increasingly moving into the zero-carbon power space.   Read more...
Gazprom says completes gas sales on electronic platform, December 20, 2018: Russian gas giant  Gazprom said on Wednesday it has successfully completed the first "day-ahead"  gas sales deal on the Electronic Sales Platform (ESP), a new sales tool. Gas sales through the ESP, designed for sales to European consumers, started at the end of September.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Russia's agricultural exports to hit $25 billion this year, December 20, 2018: Farming production in Russia is booming. With record harvests during the past two years, the country's agricultural exports are bringing in tens of billions of dollars, according to President Vladimir Putin. "Last year, exports of agricultural products were $20 billion. This year, they will reach $25 billion," Putin said on Thursday during his annual Q&A session. He added: "We couldn't even imagine such figures earlier."  Read more...
Singapore Becomes An IP Hub For Innovative Russian Enterprises, December 20, 2018: Singapore's Senior Minister for Trade & industry, Dr. Koh Poh Koon and Russian Deputy Prime minister, Maxim Akimov witnesses the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance trade between the countries and announced Singapore to become "IP hub" for innovative enterprises of Russia. MOU was signed by IPOS International (IPOS-I), the international division of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), and Russian venture capital fund and accelerator Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF). The MOU will enhance greater gains and growth opportunities between the countries.  Read more...
Russian Gas Giant Novatek Signs $2.5Bln Contract for Arctic LNG Facility With Foreign Partners, December 19, 2018: Russia's privately owned Novatek gas giant has signed a $2.5 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) platform construction contract with a joint venture between Italian energy contractor Saipem and Turkey's Renaissance services company. The new Arctic LNG 2 project in the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district, one of Russia's main gas-producing regions, will become Novatek's second LNG plant. Saipem said the new contract is part of its 2016 strategic partnership agreement with Novatek for LNG projects.  Read more...
France Extends State Guarantee For Total-Participated Russian LNG Projects, December 17, 2018: France is extending the state guarantees for the Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects Yamal LNG and the Arctic LNG 2 projects,  Russian media quoted France's Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire as saying after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Maxim Oreshkin in Paris. According to Le Maire, France will also provide longer terms for loan repayment for the two Russian LNG projects, in which French oil and gas major Total has stakes.  Read more...
Russia's Mechel to supply up to 2 mln T of coal to China's Jidong Cement, December 19, 2018: Russian steel and coal producer Mechel said on Wednesday it had prolonged a deal on coal supply with China's Jidong Cement until the end of 2019. Mechel will supply up to 2 million tonnes of coal to its Chinese partner, the company said in a statement, adding that this is their third contract.  Read more...
Russia and Korea to cooperate in radwaste management, December 18, 2018: Russia's National Operator for Radioactive Waste Management (NO RWM), Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and the Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD) today signed an agreement to cooperate in radioactive waste management. The agreement was signed by Igor Igin, NO RWM's director genera, Oleg Kryukov, Rosatom's director of state policy on radioactive waste, used nuclear fuel and decommissioning, and Cha Sung-soo, chairman of KORAD.  Read more...
Russia, Italy sign protocol to bolster cooperation, December 17, 2018: Moscow and Rome have agreed to continue and to bolter economic and industrial cooperation on all trajectories in a protocol signed on Monday by Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov and Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi. The protocol was signed following a session of the Russian-Italian council for economic, industrial and monetary-financial cooperation held in Rome.  Read more...
Russia's Foreign Trade Up By 20% Year-on-Year Over Past 11 Months - Customs Service, December 20, 2018: Russian foreign trade has grown by 20 percent and reached over $610  billion over January-November this year, according to the preliminary data provided by the head of  Russia's  Federal Customs Service,  VladimirBulavin, on Thursday. "According to the preliminary data, over the 11 months of  2018 the trade reached over $610  billion, which is 20 percent higher than over the  same period of  2017," Bulavin told the NTV broadcaster.  Read more...
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
How a Siberian academic startup is rethinking human nature, December 19, 2018: The Siberian School of Advanced Studies (SAS) at the University of Tyumen is striving to revolutionize humanities and help people tackle complicated questions that many research institutions don't even ask. All major discoveries lie at the intersection of different fields of research. For example, no existing disciplines alone can predict how the changing of the human genome will influence our behavior, or how technology will think when it becomes autonomous?  Read more...
CIS Business News
Russian oil equipment manufacturer plans to set up joint venture in Azerbaijan, December 17, 2018: Russian company INTES plans to set up joint venture in Azerbaijan on production of oil equipment, the general director of the company, Yuri Bogachuk, told Trend. "We have plans on creation of joint production of our equipment and servicing from the name of our joint company with Azerbaijan. This will be an innovative production," he said. Bogachuk noted that a control station based on the patent and developments of INTES will be produced in Azerbaijan.  Read more...
Kazakh-Russian transport and logistics hub to open in Russia's Ivanovo, December 20, 2019: "The Kazakh-Russian transport and logistics hub will open in Ivanovo," deputy chairman of the People's Assembly of Kazakhstan Leonid Prokopenko said. "Currently, the team of the Association realizes a set of projects aimed at attracting investments into Kazakhstan, works on projects involving foreign business structures. The portfolio of projects keeps on growing year after year," Prokopenko told the forum of entrepreneurs of the People's Assembly of Kazakhstan themed Five initiatives of the Association of Entrepreneurs of the People's Assembly of Kazakhstan and realization of the President's tasks.  Read more...
Belarusian-Russian diesel alliance established, December 19, 2018: A memorandum of cooperation of the Belarusian company BME-Diesel and the Moscow-based company Vozduhotehnika was signed in the Embassy of Belarus in Russia in Moscow on 19 December, BelTA has learned. The Belarusian company and the Russian one will forge an alliance to make diesel equipment at premises of the Moscow company. Key principles of cooperation, sales, and aftersales service of diesel generators and pumps have been determined.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Россия готова расширить номенклатуру экспорта сельхозкультур в Индонезию, 20 декабря, 2018: Россия готова расширить перечень сельхозкультур, экспортируемых в Индонезию. Об этом заявила заместитель руководителя Россельхознадзора Юлия Швабаускене в ходе состоявшихся в Москве переговоров с делегацией минсельхоза Индонезии, сообщила 20 декабря пресс-служба российского ведомства. Замглавы Россельхознадзора отметила положительную динамику взаимодействия между компетентными органами в области карантина растений двух стран и напомнила, что благодаря слаженной работе ведомств в 2017/18 МГ Россия поставила в Индонезию более 1,6 млн. тонн пшеницы. Данный показатель позволил Индонезии занять по итогам сезона 12 место в рейтинге импортеров российской зерновой. Читать далее...
Газовый максимум: как России удалось установить рекорд по добыче углеводородов, 18 декабря, 2018: В 2018 году добыча газа в России достигнет рекордного максимума и составит 723 млрд кубических метров, сообщил министр энергетики РФ Александр Новак. Как ожидается, экспорт углеводородов вырастет по сравнению с 2017 годом на 9,3% - до 245 млрд кубометров. По мнению экспертов, положительная динамика во многом объясняется запуском проекта «Ямал СПГ», а также растущим потреблением газа в Европе на фоне холодной зимы. При этом в Минэнерго также прогнозируют заметное увеличение производства нефти. Как Россия смогла существенно нарастить добычу углеводородов - в материале RT.  Читать далее...
Россия: Экспорт ставропольского зерна приближается к 5 млн тонн, 19 декабря, 2018: Ставропольский край активно наращивает экспортный объем продукции АПК. Как сообщает собкор ИА « Казах-Зерно», в числе основных импортеров рынка ставропольского зерна - Азербайджан, Армения, Грузия, Австрия, Латвия, Иран и Бельгия. Всего же география экспорта краевого зерна насчитывает более 40 стран. Спрос обусловлен высоким качеством ставропольской продукции, введением новых погрузочных точек и выстраиванием логистических схем.  Читать далее...
Экспорт пшеницы составил 21,8 млн тонн, что на 12,7% превышает показатель аналогичного периода прошлого сезона, 17 декабря, 2018: В текущем сельскохозяйственном году Россия экспортировала зерновых культур 25,9 млн тонн, что на 4,4% выше, чем за аналогичный период прошлого сезона (24,8 млн тонн). Об этом сообщается на сайте Министерства сельского хозяйства РФ со ссылкой на оперативные данные Федеральной таможенной службы на 13 декабря.  При этом объем экспорта пшеницы составил 21,8 млн тонн (что на 12,7% выше уровня аналогичного периода сезона 2017/18), ячменя - 2,8 млн тонн (на 13,5% ниже уровня аналогичного периода предыдущего сезона), кукурузы - 1,0 млн тонн (в два раза ниже).   Читать далее...
Татарстан посетила бизнес-делегация Турции, 20 декабря, 2018: Накануне, 19 декабря, Татарстан посетила бизнес-делегация из Турции. Министерство промышленности и торговли РТ посетили представители компаний «Alapros» и «Onder Akademi». Им презентовали технические и финансовые условия ТОСЭР Нижнекамска. Также стороны обсудили вопросы сотрудничества в сфере производства аграрной техники и производственной безопасности на промпредприятиях.  Читать далее...

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