No. 209

  USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities
We are very excited to announce that 2019 marks the USRCC's 10th anniversary!

The 10th Anniversary will be a year-long celebration commemorating the USRCC's 10 years of existence. Join us in celebration at our events and support us in continuing our mission! 

The 2019 events will feature high caliber speakers, bring together the most influential key business leaders, experts and decision makers, and will provide our members and stakeholders with the perfect educational and networking opportunities. The list of 2019 event is available  here.  

We are looking forward to another successful year! 

T he U.S. - Russia Chamber of Commerce wishes a 
Happy International Women's Day to all the women!

The 8th Annual Ambassador Speaker Series

The USRCC invites you to attend the 8th Annual Luncheon with His Excellency

Anatoly I. Antonov
Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States
His Excellency Anatoly Ivanovich Antonov

was born on May 15, 1955, in Omsk, a city in southwestern Siberia. He earned a B.A. and an M.A. in International Relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1978 and 1983, respectively. Later, in 2012, Antonov earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow.

Antonov began his diplomatic career in 1978, spending the next 33 years at the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its successor, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Antonov is fluent in English and Burmese.

Full bio is available  here

Thursday, April 11, 2019
 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Houston, TX

*Location will be disclosed upon registration

USRCC Members -  $50 / Non-Members -  $100

Gold Sponsor


   Bronze Sponsors



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:   Website:
USRCC Trade Mission June 2019

Trade Mission to Moscow and St. Petersburg Economic Forum
June 2-8, 2019

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCC) invites you to participate in a Trade mission to the    St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Participants will have an opportunity to meet Russian government officials and some of the most influential leaders in U.S.-Russia trade and investment relations. The USRCC will coordinate private meetings, an exclusive CEO Roundtable and introductions, in addition to attending the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPEIF).

Participating companies will gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, find business partners, and advance specific projects with the goal of increasing U.S. trade and investment to Russia.

For more details about the Trade Mission please click here or 


The 10th Annual Welcome Reception Honoring Delegations from 
Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan
to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC 2019) 

Join the USRCC to celebrate our  10th Annual OTC Reception - o ne of our largest annual events that is attended by oil and gas industry leaders and government officials from around the world. 

The Offshore Technology Conference  i s the largest oil and gas sector trade show in the world. This conference provides energy professionals the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019,  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hotel ZAZA,  Fountain Room
5701 Main Street,  Houston, TX 77005 

Member -  $50/Non-Members -  $100

*Please note: Refunds will not be issued  
after May 5, 2019

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:

The USRCC invites Young Professionals 
to join us 

at the

3rd Annual Senior Executive Knowledge Sharing Series


H. Daniel Hogan

General Manager
LUKOIL International Upstream West

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

Mr. Hogan has more than thirty-six years of Operations and Executive experience. His career started in Kingsville, Texas where he spent sixteen years with Exxon Company International in various supervisory roles. 
He then worked two years with ENI/Agip Petroleum as Operations Manager and VP of Well Operations, nine years with Devon Energy Corporation as the International Operations Manager and VP of International Well Engineering, and one year with HRT America as Vice President of Drilling. 

As one of the founding Executives of PanAtlantic Exploration Company, Mr. Hogan originally served as Sr. Vice President - Operations with responsibility for global drilling, completion and production activity, HS&E, contracts / procurement and operations geology.  In March 2016, Mr. Hogan was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in addition to assuming the responsibilities of President and Chief Executive Officer. 

In April 2017, Mr. Hogan became General Manager and CEO of Lukoil International Upstream West in Houston, Texas. He has worked on six of seven continents in countries including Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chad, Ghana, Malaysia, Thailand and Trinidad.


Thursday, May 23, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where:  TBA

Young Professionals

USRCC Member - free | Non-Member - $20

USRCC Membership
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Members' News
Exxon Mobil Now Sees an Even Bigger Gusher of Production Coming From the Permian Basin, March 6, 2019: Last year at this time, ExxonMobil ( NYSE:XOMunveiled a bold plan to double its earnings and cash flow from 2017's baseline by 2025. One of the key fuels of that plan was the company's sizable position in the  Delaware Basin side of the  Permian, where it spent billions of dollars to expand in recent years, including paying $5.6 billion to buy Bass in 2017.   Read more...
W2C Rotterdam Project Welcomes Shell as Partner, March 7, 2019: Shell will become an equal equity partner in the proposed commercial-scale waste-to-chemicals (W2C) project, which will be the first of its kind in Europe to make valuable chemicals and biofuels out of non-recyclable waste materials. "We are thrilled to have Shell join our group of partners," said Marco Waas, Chairman of the waste-to-chemicals project in Rotterdam and Director RD&I at Nouryon.  Read more... 
Gazprom's natural gas supplies to Austria increase 33% in 2019, March 7, 2019: During a meeting between Alexey Miller, chairman Gazprom Management Committee, and Rainer Seele, chairman, executive board, OMV, the parties reviewed current issues related to their cooperation, including the growth of natural gas exports to Austria. An analysis revealed that between Jan. 1 and March 5, 2019, Gazprom's natural gas supplies to Austria came to an estimated 3.3 Bcm, an increase of 32.9% from the same period of last year. The parties also discussed the ongoing implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project, noting that the work is going as planned. At this time, 818 km of pipeline has been constructed/laid precisely one-third of the gas pipeline's total length in the Baltic Sea.   Read more...
The Week in Review
Russian LNG Exports Double In January Year-on-Year - Customs Agency, March 7, 2019: Russia increased its  exports of liquefied natural  gas (LNG) twofold in  January to 5.4  million cubic meters (190.7  million cubic feet) year-on-year, the  Federal Customs Service (FCS) said on Thursday. Russian  exports of natural  gas fell by 10 percent to 18. 3  billion cubic meters over the  same period, the FCS added. Russia's revenues  from LNG  exports also doubled, reaching $750.8  million, while proceeds  from natural  gas exports  during the given period rose by 10.1 percent to $4.46  billionRead more...
Luxembourg, Russia decide to create investment fund for developing green technologies, March 7, 2019: Russia and Luxembourg decided to create an investment fund to finance the development of environmentally friendly technologies in Russia, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg Etienne Schneider said in an interview with TASS, commenting on the results of the visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on March 5-6. "We have decided to launch an investment fund to invest in Russian 'green technologies', in particular using the 'green bonds' tool," he said.  Read more...
Serbian, Russian deputy premiers discuss cooperation in energy, industry, March 7, 2019: T he co-chairs of the Russian-Serbian intergovernmental committee on trade, economic and scientific cooperation met in Belgrade on Wednesday to discuss the potential of bilateral cooperation in the energy sector, industry and transport, the Serbian Foreign Ministry said. The meeting between Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, was "held in a narrow format in the run-up to the 17th plenary session of the intergovernmental committee," the ministry said in a statement.  Read more...
TOTAL (TOT) Expands LNG Operation in Russia Via Acquisitions, March 6, 2019: TOTAL S.A .  TOT announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Novatek for the acquisition of a direct 10% interest in Arctic LNG 2, a liquefied natural gas development led by Novatek on the Gydan Peninsula, Russia. Courtesy of TOTAL's existing stake in Novatek and acquisition of fresh interest in the same, the company's overall economic interest in this new LNG project will be nearly 21.6%.Both the companies have consented that TOTAL will have the opportunity to acquire a 10-15% direct interest in all Novatek's future LNG projects located on the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas.  Read more...
Serbian oil firm NIS starts building 200 megawatt gas cogeneration plant, March 7, 2019: Serbian oil company NIS has started building a 200 megawatt (MW) gas-fired cogeneration plant, the biggest in the Balkan country so far, that will supply its Pancevo oil refinery and Serbia's energy market. The plant is a joint venture between NIS, majority owned by Russia's Gazprom Neft, and Gazprom Energoholding, a subsidiary of Russian gas giant Gazprom. The two firms hold 49 and 51 percent stakes respectively.  The plant will be built by China's Shanghai Electric Group at an estimated cost of 180 million euros ($203.56 million), with a target completion date in the last quarter of 2020.  Read more...
Finalisation of Nord Stream 2 technical design, March 7, 2019: Nord Stream 2 AG, the developer of a new natural gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea to supply Russian gas to the key EU market, has published an updated draft environmental impact assessment (EIA) report following finalisation of detail design, as well as optimisation of engineering solutions and construction methods for the Russian section. Technical solutions and construction methods have been optimised to accommodate ground conditions, further enhance reliability and reduce impacts on the environment.  Read more...
Russia begins talks with Luxembourg over space mining agreement

Russia's Alfa-Bank joins trade finance blockchain consortium 'Marco Polo', March 7, 2019 : Russian banking giant  Alfa-Bank  has joined  Marco Polo , a trade finance initiative run by enterprise software firm R3 and trade finance technology specialist TradeIX. Launched in September 2017, Marco Polo is a platform developed by the world's leading financial institutions. Banking members include ING, Commerzbank, BNP Paribas, Anglo-Gulf Trade Bank, NatWest, Natixis, Bangkok Bank, and others.  Read more...
GTR Russia 2019, March 7, 2019: Russia's most established gathering for the trade and export finance industry, GTR Russia 2019, will return to Moscow on March 27 2019. Leading the discussion on Russian trade and export priorities for over a decade, the event will once again bring together a wide range of traders and financiers for a day of networking and debate. Last year's conference featured an esteemed line-up of speakers covering key themes such as global trade scenarios and opportunities for the Russian market and expanding Russia's export finance sector while taking into consideration US sanctions and their impact.  Read more...
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
Alexander Moor: The Tyumen Region Is Interested In Extending Cooperation With Germany, March 5, 2019: One of the main advantages of the region is the effectively implemented system of state support for businesses of foreign investors. This was the opinion expressed by Stefan Keil, Consul General of Germany in Yekaterinburg, during his meeting with the Governor Alexander Moor. The head of the region thanked the diplomat for his visit and listed the main social and economic achievements of the region. Positive dynamics was noted in the development of industry: last year's industrial production index exceeded 110%. Unprecedented amount of 290 billion rubles of investments in 2017 was recorded. The Tyumen region ranks first in the national investment climate rating.  Read more...
CIS Business News
Russia to assist Uzbekistan's accession to WTO, March 5, 2019: The Uzbek delegation discussed the issues of promoting the process of country's accession to WTO at Russian Ministry of Economic Development, Trend reports via Uzbek media. The course of implementation of projects included in the intergovernmental program of economic cooperation for 2019-2024 was reviewed. The dialogue was devoted to the possibilities of increasing industrial cooperation between economic entities of the two countries.   Read more...
Azerbaijan, Russia discuss relations, March 7, 2019: Azerbaijan`s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has met with Russian Ambassador to the country Mikhail Bocharnikov at his request. The sides exchanged views on several issues on the agenda of bilateral relations, including the development of cooperation in economic, trade, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres, as well as the continuation of successful collaboration in multilateral formats. Ambassador Mikhail Bocharnikov, upon the instructions from his authorities, invited Minister Elmar Mammadyarov to take part in the next meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers scheduled for April 5 in Moscow.   Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
В России ожидают роста экспорта электроэнергии в Литву, 7 марта, 2019: Министерство энергетики России ожидает роста экспорта электроэнергии, в том числе и в Литву, за счет открытия новых генерирующих мощностей в Калининградской области. Об этом министр энергетики РФ Александр Новак рассказал журналистам  РИА Новости после церемонии полного запуска Прегольской ТЭС. "Поскольку увеличиваются объемы генерации в Калининградской области, появляются возможности для того, чтобы дополнительно производить электроэнергию как для развития самого региона, так и для реализации электроэнергии на экспорт", - отметил глава ведомства.  Читать далее...
«Татнефть» нарастила переработку попутного нефтяного газа в 2018 году на 3%, 7 марта, 2019:  Управление «Татнефтегазпереработка» (УТНГП) группы «Татнефть» нарастило переработку попутного нефтяного газа с месторождений холдинга в 2018 году на 3%, до 845,4 млн куб. м, следует из сообщения группы. Переработка широкой фракции легких углеводородов на установках комплексной подготовки нефти за год увеличилась на 16,8% и достигла 320,9 тыс. тонн. На производственных мощностях УТНГП очистили 263,6 млн куб. м высокосернистого газа, на 13,1% больше, чем годом ранее. В прошлом году управление реконструировало газоперерабатывающий завод и ряд других объектов, а также продолжило строительство общезаводской факельной системы и компрессорной установки сырого газа.  Читать далее...
Рынок российского экспорта услуг превысил $65 млрд по итогам 2018 года, 6 марта, 2019: Объем экспорта услуг РФ превысил $65 млрд по предварительным итогам 2018 года, что более чем на $7 млрд выше результатов прошлого года. Об этом сообщили в Российском экспортном центре. Локомотивом развития является транспортный комплекс, отметили в РЭЦ, затем идут телекоммуникации, развивается строительство на больших зарубежных проектах с участием российских компаний, перспективна сфера туризма.  Читать далее...
Президент Татарстана обсудил расширение сотрудничества с послом Египта, 4 марта, 2019: Президент Татарстана Рустам Минниханов обсудил расширение сотрудничества с послом Египта в России Ихабом Ахмедом Талаатом Насром. Об этом сообщает «Реальное время».  Как  заявил глава республики, регион заинтересован в развитии деловых и культурных связей, а также в поставках различного продовольствия из Египта и товаров лёгкой промышленности. Подготовлен план мероприятий по расширению сотрудничества, развитию экспорта в области машиностроения, фармацевтики и сельскохозяйственной продукции.  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   call 713.429.4680
USRCC Executive Partners

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