No. 200

  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.


Regional Human Resources
Parker Drilling

Director, Talent Acquisition & Organizational Development
National Oilwell Varco


Director of Licensing, North America, Europe, CIS Regions
GTC Technology US
Young Professionals  Committee Chair,
U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce
Stay tuned for additional speakers!

When: Thursday, February 21, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where : University of Houston  Downtown
*Auditorium and parking instructions will be provided soon

USRCC Members - Free/Non-Members - $20

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 info@usrussiacc.org.

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:  http://napeexpo.com/summit/schedulehttp

February 11 - 15 2019

Stop by the USRCC Booth #4829

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Members' News
Emerson Selected as 'Industrial IoT Company of the Year' for Second Consecutive Year

Businesswire.com, January 3, 2019: Emerson (NYSE: EMR), a global automation technology and software company, has been named the "Industrial IoT Company of the Year" by  IoT Breakthrough for the second year in a row. The honor recognizes Emerson's innovation and leadership in driving Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies and strategies for customers in manufacturing industries such as oil and gas, power, chemical, life sciences and others.  Read more...
Shell Extends Jackup Contract in Trinidad

Rigzone.com, January 2, 2019: Shell has extended its contract for the Rowan Gorilla VI jackup in Trinidad, Rowan Companies plc reported Wednesday. According to Rowan, the Super Gorilla class jackup will continue its current drilling program until approximately March of this year. Afterward, the rig will be used for platform support and accommodations work until approximately November 2019, the company noted. Shell will also have an option to extend the work further until November 2019, Rowan also stated.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Russian oil output reaches record high in 2018

Reuters.com, January 2, 2019: Russian oil production rose to a post-Soviet record high of 11.16 million barrels per day (bpd) last year on an annual average basis, data from its energy ministry showed on Wednesday. The total surpassed the previous annual record average of 10.98 million bpd set in 2017. Russian oil output reached 555.838 million tonnes last year, against 547 million tonnes in 2017. Reuters uses a barrels-to-tonnes ratio of 7.33 to 1.  Read more...
Russia's coal production up 5.9% to 433.4 mln tonnes in 2018 - CDU TEK

Tass.com, January 3, 2019: Coal production in Russia in 2018 increased by 5.9% year-on-year to 433.4 mln tonnes, according to the Central Dispatching Department of Fuel Energy Complex (CDU TEK). Coal exports rose by 2.6% to 191 mln tonnes in the reporting period. Deliveries of Russian coal to the domestic market rose by 4.3% to 372.3 mln tonnes in the last year. Coal imports dropped by 6.3% to 21.7 mln tonnes in 2018.  Read more...
Final talks with Eurasian Union next week

B92.net, January 3, 2019: The final free trade talks with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will begin next week. Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic announced this on Thursday, Tanjug is reporting. Ljajic told TV PINK that he expected a free trade agreement with Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan to be concluded before Russian President Vladimir Putin's January 17 visit to Serbia.  Read more...
India to host GLONASS ground station for Russia

Gpsworld.com, January 2, 2019: The  Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is getting ready to host a ground station for Russia's GLONASS. The ground station will help the Russian navigation system become more efficient,  reports the Times of India. The ground station will be built in Bengaluru, a city that is already home to the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (Istrac). Istrac will host the Russian ground station as well.  Read more...
World experts to discuss IT technologies at CEBIT Russia in Skolkovo June 25-27, 2019

Tass.com, January 1, 2019: Russian and international experts will discuss information and telecommunication technologies at one of the world's largest international exhibitions CEBIT Russia, which the technopark Skolkovo will host on June 25-27, 2019, the Skolkovo Foundation's press-service said. The organizers have changed the format of the event to hold it in mid-summer. This will allow for holding some events outdoors," the news release says. CEBIT is one of the world's oldest and largest telecommunications exhibitions. Originally the company Deutsche Messe AG held it in Hannover each spring. Several years ago a number of CEBIT's industry-related theme sections were integrated with the world's largest industrial exhibition Hannover Messe.  Read more...
Russia's Rosatom completes training courses in 2018 for Indian engineers

Business-standard.com, December 31, 2018: Russia's state-run  atomic energy corporation  Rosatom has completed its advanced training course for Indian engineers in Ranchi planned for the current year in collaboration with India's public sector undertaking  Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC),  Rosatom said in a statement. The Russian  equipment suppliers and technical consultants for the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in  Tamil Nadu said in the statement that 120 specialists have already completed six training courses out of nine planned under the programme being undertaken by CNIITMASH, a subsidiary of Atomenergomash, which is the machine building division of  Rosatom.  Read more...
Russia embracing seafood festivals to encourage domestic consumption

Seafoodsource.com, January 4, 2019: Russian authorities are trying to encourage the fishing industry and trade businesses to use better practices in production, retail, logistics and marketing to get more Russian fish sold on domestic market which has been experiencing a significant decrease over recent years. 
In the years following Russia's 2014 imposition of a ban on imported food from the United States, Canada, the European Union, Norway, and Australia, Russia began to dedicate more effort to developing the country's agricultural sector. Efforts of regulators have been poured, and considerable federal funds have been allocated to improve the performance of the fishery industry as well. Selling more fish in Russia is one of the possible ways to feed the consumers and have fisheries pay more to the budget in taxes. But as figures show sales of seafood have been falling.    Read more...
Russia continues work on plasma engine for superfast space travel

Spacedaily.com, January 3, 2019: Scientists from Russia and around the world see plasma rocket technology as a crucial possible ingredient for speedy missions to Mars and beyond. Physicists from the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk are preparing another round of experiments aimed at successfully harnessing the power of thermonuclear plasma for use in a rocket engine, institute deputy director Alexander Ivanov has told journalists.  Read more...
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
Megafon inks ICT cooperation agreement with Tyumen govt

Telecompaper.com, January 2, 2019: Russian mobile operator Megafon has signed a cooperation agreement with the government of the Tyumen region, reports Cnews.ru. The parties plan to cooperate on the implementation of ICTin various economic spheres in the region. Megafon will focus on the digitalisation of health-care, as well as on the development of Smart City services.  Read more...
CIS Business News
Russian Rosatom ready to meet Azerbaijan's needs in clean & safe energy

Azernews.az, January 1, 2019: Russia's Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation is ready to offer its solutions to meet Azerbaijan's needs in clean and safe energy, the company told Trend. "If the Azerbaijani authorities make a decision on the development of nuclear energy in the country, Rosatom will be ready to offer advanced and proven solutions to meet the needs of Azerbaijan in clean and safe energy," the corporation said. Nuclear power is a reliable and uninterrupted source of clean energy, according to Rosatom.  Read more...
Kazakhstan introducing e-visas for foreigners

T imesca.com, January 3, 2019: Kazakhstan is introducing a procedure for obtaining a single entry visa for foreigners in electronic format from January 1, 2019, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said. An electronic visa (business, tourist and medical treatment) is issued based on a valid invitation from the Kazakh side, considered by the migration service units of the Ministry of Interior of Kazakhstan under the established procedure. Foreigners can enter/exit the territory of Kazakhstan using a valid electronic visa only through the checkpoints of international airports of Astana and Almaty.  Read more...
Residents of Azerbaijan's High-Tech Park may get additional benefits

Azernews.az, January 3, 2019: New tax and customs benefits may be offered to residents of the High-Tech Park of Azerbaijan's National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), a source in the High-Tech Park told Trend. Proposals for amending relevant legal regulation have already been prepared, according to the source. "The main goal is to create more investment-attractive environment in the High-Tech Park," the source noted. "The prepared proposals will be submitted to the appropriate authorities, and we hope that they will be reflected in the tax and customs code."  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Экспорт российской нефти вырос в ушедшем году

News.ru, 2 января, 2019: Экспорт нефти из России в страны дальнего зарубежья составил в 2018 году 239,64 млн т, что на 0,3% выше, чем в 2017 году. Об этом сообщает ФГБУ «Центральное диспетчерское управление топливно-энергетического комплекса» (ЦДУ ТЭК). Среднесуточный экспорт зафиксирован на уровне 4,81 млн баррелей. Всего в 2018 году по системе нефтепроводов АК «Транснефть» из России в дальнее зарубежье было экспортировано 213,12 млн тонн нефтяного сырья, в том числе 194,57 млн т - российские ресурсы. Минуя объекты «Транснефти», из страны вывезли 45,07 млн т чёрного золота, передаёт « Интерфакс».  Читать далее...
Россия нарастила экспорт зерна в первой половине сельхозгода

Vestifinance.ru, 3 января, 2019: С начала 2018-2019 сельхозгода, стартовавшего в июле, и по 27 декабря Россия нарастила экспорт зерна на 5,1%. Показатель увеличился с 26,9 млн тонн в предыдущем сезоне до 28,2 млн тонн - в нынешнем.  Читать далее...
Татарстан стал пятым среди регионов России по объему рынка коммерческих авто 

Kazved.ru, 2 января, 2019: По итогам января - ноября 2018 года Татарстан занял пятое место среди регионов России по объему рынка новых легких коммерческих автомобилей (LCV). Всего в республике продали 3 тыс. 178 машин, сообщает аналитическое агентство «Автостат». Возглавила рейтинг Москва, где было продано 15 тыс. 319 легких коммерческих авто. Второе место заняла Московская область с 9 тыс. 799 проданными машинами, а третьим стал Санкт-Петербург с 6 тыс. 682 авто. На четвертом месте оказался Краснодарский край, где реализовали 3 тыс. 864 LCV.  Читать далее...
Экспорт российского молока вырос в два раза

Agronews.com, 3 января, 2019: К концу 2018 года экспорт молока и молочной продукции составил порядка 135,2 тыс. тонн. Экспорт продукции в 2017 году составил 71,3 тыс. тонн. Исходя из этого, поставки молока и молочной продукции выросли на 89,6%. По состоянию на декабрь 2018 года, объем экспорта молочной продукции составил 135 197 тонн, пояснили специалисты Россельхознадзора.  Читать далее...
Добыча нефти в России в 2018 году выросла на 1,6%

Tass.ru, 2 января, 2019: Добыча нефти и газового конденсата в России увеличилась в 2018 году на 1,6% - до 555,837 млн т, следует из данных Центрального диспетчерского управления топливно-энергетического комплекса (ЦДУ ТЭК) в среду. В декабре добыча выросла на 4,5% - до 48,4 млн т. Согласно данным по международным стандартам финансовой отчетности (МСФО), "Роснефть" в 2018 году увеличила добычу нефти на 2,6% - до 216,3 млн т (в декабре - на 5%, до 18,8 млн т). Добыча "Лукойла" за год подросла на 0,2% - до 82,4 млн т (в декабре - на 2,4%, до 7,1 млн т). "Сургутнефтегаз" в 2018 году добыл 60,9 млн тонн, рост составил 0,6% (в декабре добыча выросла на 2,5% - до 5,2 млн тонн). "Газпром нефть" в 2018 году добыла 60,2 млн т, рост составил 0,1% (в декабре добыча выросла на 2,7% - до 5 млн т).  Читать далее...

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