No. 201

  USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities

When: Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Where: The West End - A Public House,
  5320 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056 
        Parking instructions: Complimentary valet parking          

Complimentary appetizers will be provided. Happy Hour prices will be available.

USRCC Members - free/Non-members - $10


Contact Us:

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

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, 2019
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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For more information  click here 
Members' News
Exxon Mobil partners with IBM on new quantum computing network

Chron.com, January 8, 2019:  Exxon Mobil said Tuesday it is a founding partner with IBM on its new quantum computing network that they contend could lead to new breakthroughs in petrochemicals, electric grid optimization and climate change modeling. The emerging field of quantum computing focuses on enhanced research capabilities and more predictive modeling.  Read more...
Baker Hughes, a GE company Announces December 2018 Rig Counts

Businesswire.com, January 8, 2019: Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE:BHGE) announced today that the Baker Hughes international rig count for December 2018 was 1,025, up 34 from the 991 counted in November 2018, and up 71 from the 954 counted in December 2017. The international offshore rig count for December 2018 was 234, up 28 from the 206 counted in November 2018, and up 43 from the 191 counted in December 2017.  Read more...
The Week in Review
2018: Year of achievement for China-Russia economic cooperation

News.cgtn.com, January 10, 2019: China and Russia embraced fruitful results in economic and trade cooperation last year and new breakthroughs were made in both quantity and quality, the spokesperson for China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said on Thursday. In the first 11 months last year, the bilateral trade volume between China and Russia reached 97.24 billion U.S. dollars, up 27.8 percent year-on-year, according to the MOFCOM. China remains the largest trading partner for Russia. As of mid-December, the trade volume surpassed 100 billion U.S. dollars, a record high.  Read more...
Japan's Saibu Gas to decide on joint LNG project with Russian Novatek in 2019

Tass.com, January 9, 2019: Japan's Saibu Gas is examining a joint project with Russian gas producer Novatek for sales of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in countries of the Asia-Pacific Region,  Kyodonews agency reported. As reported earlier, Novatek already inked a memorandum with Saibu Gas concerning use of the LNG terminal in Japan. More specifically, it refers to temporarily unloading and storage of LNG produced by Novatek at the LNG terminal of Saibu Gas in Kitakyushu. Gas is planned for reloading to other tankers and delivery to consumers.  Read more...
Russia to supply nuclear fuel for China's fast-neutron reactor

Energybangla.com, January 10, 2019: TVEL Fuel Company, a subsidiary of Russia's state atomic energy corporation- Rosatom and CNLY, a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) have signed a contract for supply of nuclear fuel for CFR-600 fast-neutron reactor which is currently under construction in China. The contract covers the initial loading of nuclear fuel, as well as supplies for refueling during the first seven years of the reactor operation.  Read more...
Russia produces record volumes of oil, gas in 2018

Xinhuanet.com, January 10, 2019: Russia produced record volumes of oil and gas in 2018, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Thursday. He told Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting that last year Russia's crude oil output rose by 1.6 percent, or 10 million tons from 2017 to 556 million tons, according to a Kremlin transcript of minutes of the meeting. The increase was attributed to the operation of 54 new oil fields, including several major ones in the Krasnoyarsk region and the Yamalo-Nenets region.  Read more...
Nord Stream 2 AG Built Over 249 Miles of Gas Pipeline - Spokesman

Sputniknews.com, January 9, 2019: Nord Stream 2 AG has built more than 400 kilometers (249 miles) of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the company spokesman Jens Mueller told Sputnik on Wednesday. He noted that the company still planned to complete the construction of the pipeline by the end of 2019.  Read more...
Russia's 2018 coal export, production volumes reach multiyear highs: ministry

Spglobal.com, January 10, 2019: Exports from Russia in 2018 came to 191 million mt, a rise of 3.4% on the year, according to the latest data from the ministry of energy, making the 2018 volume the highest since S&P Global Platts began collecting data in 2013. For both export and production data the share of thermal coal was no disclosed.For both export and production data the share of thermal coal was no disclosed.  Read more...
Details revealed about LNG Congress Russia 2019

Gasworld.com, January 10, 2019: The sixth annual LNG Congress Russia will be held in Moscow from 20th to 21st March (2019). The international platform traditionally attracts LNG industry leaders from all around the world. The congress united more than 300 flagship international companies, engaged in the construction of LNG plants. Among the confirmed guests and presenters of 2019 are: Mark Gyetvay, Deputy Chairman of the Board of NOVATEK; Sergei Gustov, General Director of Gazprom LNG Saint-Petersburg; and Aleksandr Khramov, Director of Department for Management of Gas Facilities and Projects at Rosneft.  Read more...
Russian Investment Forum Participants to Present Projects within Case Zone

Tass.com, January 11, 2019: The Russian Investment Forum (6+) that will take place 14-15 February offers participants the Case Zone - an additional tool for those who want to present their projects to investment experts. The Case Zone was first launched at the Forum 2018 to facilitate promotion, development, and implementation of investment projects and was accessible to all categories of participants free of charge.  Read more...
CIS Business News
Rosatom official outlines Uzbek project schedule

World-nuclear-news.org, January 8, 2019: Rosatom expects a site to be selected for Uzbekistan's first nuclear power plant by the end of March and a construction contract to be signed by the end of this year. In an interview last month with news agency Kun.uz, Alexander Lokshin, Rosatom's first deputy director general for operational management, also said construction of the plant itself was expected to start at the end of 2021. The Russian state nuclear corporation published a transcript of the interview on its website.  Read more...
Russia removes import taxes for Moldovan fruit, vegetables and wine

Emerging-europe.com, January 6, 2019: Russia has removed import taxes on a number of goods coming from Moldova. From January 1, Moldovan producers have once again been able to export fruit and vegetables (both fresh and processed) and wine to Russia. The move was announced by the Moldovan President Igor Dodon, who claimed that his personal intervention with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had led to Russia removing the tariffs.  Read more...
Turkmenistan expected to double gas output by 2040

Azernews.az, January 8, 2019: Turkmenistan is expected to double its gas output by 2040, according to the 2018 Global Gas Outlook of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). GECF believes that Eurasia is assumed to expand its gas production by 300 billion cubic meters (bcm) to maintain its position as the second largest gas producing region in the world, Trend reports.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Товарооборот России и Китая в 2018 году превысил $100 млрд

Russian.rt.com, 10 января, 2019: Официальный представитель Министерства коммерции КНР Гао Фэн заявил, что по состоянию на середину декабря 2018 года товарооборот России и Китая превысил $100 млрд. Об этом сообщает РИА Новости. По  словам Фэна, это «исторический рекорд». Отмечается, что окончательные данные будут опубликованы позднее. Он добавил, что Россия занимает первое место среди основных торговых партнёров Китая по динамике роста товарооборота.  Читать далее...
Россия установила новый рекорд экспорта газа

Vedomosti.ru, 10 января, 2019: Россия в 2018 г. установила новый рекорд экспорта газа, причем основной прирост пришелся на сжиженный газ, следует из  опубликованной на сайте Кремля стенограммы встречи министра энергетики Александра Новака с президентом России Владимиром Путиным. По оценке министра, экспорт газа из России в 2018 г. увеличился на 20 млрд куб. м до 225 млрд куб. м, но поставки трубопроводного газа выросли на 4,1%, а СПГ - на 70%. «Хотел бы обратить внимание, что отмечается рост и трубопроводных поставок на 4,1% и, конечно, в связи с вводом в эксплуатацию новых мощностей - завода «Ямал СПГ», было введено две очереди по 5,5 млн т - общий объем экспорта сжиженного природного газа увеличился на 70%, составил почти 26 млрд куб. м газа», - сказал он.
  Читать далее...
Россия собирается увеличить экспорт зерна в Мексику

Expertrt.ru, 9 января, 2019: О заинтересованности российских поставщиков об увеличении объемов экспорта зерна в Мексику заявил посол России в Мексике Виктор Коронелли, пишет РИА Новости. За последние шесть лет Мексика закупила 1,7 миллиона тонн российской пшеницы. В 2017 объемы поставок увеличились до 356 тысяч тонн. По словам посла, Объединенная зерновая компания Мексики обратилась в посольство с просьбой о содействии в выходе на партнеров для расширения поставок.  Читать далее...
Россия увеличила экспорт рыбы на 4,2%

B-port.com, 10 января, 2019: на 4,2% вырос российский экспорт рыбной продукции за 11 месяцев 2018 года. Он составил около двух миллионов тонн. Об этом сообщает Росрыболовство. Экспорт ракообразных, моллюсков и прочих беспозвоночных вырос на 3,6% и составил 112,9 тысяч тонн. На 5,3% увеличились поставки рыбного филе и прочего мяса - до 116,5 тысяч тонн. Мороженой рыбы было экспортировано 1,8 млн тонн, что на 4,2% больше уровня прошлого года. В тоже время сократился на 3,9% экспорт консервированной, готовой рыбной продукции - до 16,2 тысяч тонн.  Читать далее...
Андрей Пудов: Татарстан по уровню жизни населения занимает четвертое место в России

Rt-online.ru, 11 января, 2019: В российском рейтинге по уровню жизни населения Татарстан занимает четвертое место. Об этом сообщил сегодня заместитель министра труда и соцзащиты РФ Андрей Пудов на итоговой коллегии Министерства труда, занятости и социальной защиты Республики Татарстан. Он отметил, что республика по уровню жизни уступает лишь Москве, Московской области и Санкт-Петербургу. Этот показатель достигнут благодаря высоким темпам повышения производительности труда и  высокому уровню занятости населения.  Читать далее...

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 info@usrussiacc.org   call 713.429.4680
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