No. 228

  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! 

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:  http://napeexpo.com/summer

The Summit will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston TX
August 21-22, 2019.

Stop by the USRCC booth #2139!

The U.S. - Russia Chamber of Commerce  invites you to attend 
Summer Business Networking Event!

When:  Thursday, August 29, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Where:  The West End - A Public House
  5320 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056             


USRCC Members - free/Non-members - $10
Complimentary appetizers will be provided. Happy Hour prices will be available!
USRCC Partner Event

The Gastech Exhibition is the world's largest marketplace for the gas, LNG and energy industry supply chain. With more features and opportunities than ever before, and where millions of contracts are signed - be part of the Gastech Exhibition to secure new business, service your existing clients and engage in industry dialogue.

When: 17 - 19 September 2019
Where:  1 NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054, USA

For more information and registration please visit www.gastechevent.com.


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

The 9th Annual Welcome Reception
Honoring Russian and CIS Delegations to the 
Breakbulk Americas 2019

Please join the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Russian and CIS delegations to the  9th 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.

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Where: 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 October 5, 2019

Silver Sponsor 

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:  info@usrussiacc.org
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Members' News
Shell Sees Importance In Blockchain, Plans To Harness EWF Public Chain

Forbes.com, July 16, 2019: Ten years ago, the potential housed in bitcoin's underlying technology, blockchain, laid largely unknown to the public. Today, mammoth companies across numerous sectors are flocking toward the new innovation. A tech visionary and one of the top six leaders in the oil and gas sector, Shell, sees great promise in the technology, planning to explore public blockchain usage. Public blockchain usage is a seemingly newer trend for big businesses as opposed to private blockchain incorporation.  Read more...

Oilandgas360.com, July 18, 2019: ExxonMobil said today it has signed collaboration agreements with six other companies to accelerate the development of Open Process Automation (OPA) systems. The companies currently included in this collaboration are Aramco Services Company, BASF, ConocoPhillips Company, The Dow Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, Georgia-Pacific LLC and Linde PLC. Advances in computer hardware, software, networking and security, coupled with increasing global competition and cybersecurity risks, have driven the process industry to consider ways to update the design and maintenance of process automation systems, which serve as the eyes and ears inside industrial manufacturing facilities.  Read more...
Gazprom expects Denmark to approve Nord Stream 2 route in October: RIA

Reuters.com, July 18, 2019: Russian gas producer Gazprom expects Denmark to agree to its route application for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany in October, RIA news agency cited Gazprom's Chairman Viktor Zubkov as saying on Thursday. Gazprom hopes to finish the gas pipeline project to Germany by the end of this year, but it has had delays in obtaining permits from Denmark.  Read more...
The Week in Review
World's first cross-border cableway to boost China-Russia ties

Ecns.cn, July 19, 2019: Construction of the world's first cross-border cableway kicked off at the China-Russia border on Thursday, marking new progress in infrastructure connectivity between the two countries and bringing much convenience to customs clearance. The cableway spanning the Heilongjiang River, also known as the Amur River, will link Daheihe Island in Heihe City with the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk. The cableway will be 972 meters long and allow two-way traffic, with cable coaches each capable of carrying 80 people at a speed of seven meters per second. The cableway is designed to have a transport capacity of 6 million people annually. The time for a single-way border crossing will be shortened to less than 10 minutes.  Read more...
Russia-Africa Business Council meeting

Borkena.com, July 18, 2019: Dmitry Mazepin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of URALCHEM, JSC and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uralkali, PJSC took part in the meeting of the Russia-Africa Business Council under Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The event was timed to the preparation of the economic forum and the Russia-Africa Summit in October of this year. The meeting was chaired by Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The event was attended by Mikhail Bogdanov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Alexey Gruzdev, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade and representatives of the public organizations and big business.  Read more...
India could sign LEMOA-like logistics agreement with Russia during PM Narendra Modi's Vladivostok visit

Timesnownews.com, July 15, 2019: India signed the LEMOA or the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement with the United States in August 2016. A similar agreement with Russia is likely in the next two months. The Reciprocal Logistics Support Agreement (RLSA) is being readied and could happen in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is expected to be in Vladivostok for the East Asia Summit in September. The RLSA will be a tri-service agreement, meaning that the Russians could not only use ports like Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam for refuelling but also, airports after the agreement is signed. India, of course, could do the same, when it came to Russian ports and airbases. Interestingly, global warming makes the signing of the agreement with Russia, one of India's closest defence allies, more imperative.  Read more...
Gazprom Neft and SIBUR to jointly develop the Poliom polypropylene plant in Omsk

Einnews.com, July 19, 2019: Gazprom Neft and SIBUR have consolidated 100 percent of the charter capital in the Poliom LLC polypropylene plant in Omsk, with the Gazprom Neft-SIBUR joint venture - Sibgazpolymer JSC - signing an agreement on the acquisition of a  50-percent  interest in the charter capital of Poliom LLC, owned by the Titan Group.Following the completion of all corporate and registration procedures, Sibgazpolymer JSC has become the sole participant in Poliom LLC, which will be managed jointly by Gazprom Neft and SIBUR.  Read more...
Russian government approves construction of Novatek's LNG terminal in Murmansk

Tass.com, July 19, 2019: Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved plans to build Novatek's marine LNG transshipment complex in the Murmansk Region. The new terminal's capacity would be more than 20 million tonnes a year. The document is posted on the official portal of legal information. Construction of the marine transshipment complex for liquefied natural gas in the Murmansk Region is one of the projects to transship LNG at Russian marine ports along the Northern Sea Route.  Read more...
Russia unveils draft strategy to build out grain sector

World-grain.com, July 17, 2019: The Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation has put forth a long-term strategy that could ramp up investment in the country's grain sector by investing billions of dollars in infrastructure and logistics. The plan, which would cost more than 4.4 trillion rubles ($70 billion), would draw on funds from private investors, loans and targeted financing. According to the Agriculture Ministry, Russia's baseline scenario for its grain crop is 140 million tonnes by 2035, with the possibility of production rising as high as 150.3 million tonnes. The higher output totals would allow Russia to potentially export as much as 63.6 million tonnes by 2035, the agency said. By comparison, Russia's grain crop in 2019-20 is forecast at 118 million tonnes, with exports at 45 million tonnes.  Read more...
Russian businessmen from Saratov region to visit Baku

Azernews.az, July 19, 2019: A business mission of the Saratov delegation will be held in Baku August 26-29 with the participation of the Regional Center for Export Support and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Saratov region,  Trend reports with reference to Russian media. The remarks were made during the meeting of Shahin Sharifov, executive director of Devechi Deyirman LLC with head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Saratov region Alexei Antonov and deputy chairman of the Agriculture Committee of the Saratov Regional Duma Oleg Alekseev.  Read more...
Belarus signs cooperation agreements with three Russian regions

Eng.belta.by, July 18, 2019: A package of cooperation agreements in trade, economy, science and technology, culture and social matters has been signed between the government of Belarus and the governments of Ingushetia and Saratov Oblast and the administration of Smolensk Oblast at a plenary session of the 6th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia, BelTA has learned. On behalf of Belarus the agreements were signed by Deputy Premier Igor Petrishenko. Apart from that, sci-tech cooperation agreements were signed between the academies of sciences of the two states, Saint Petersburg Mining University, the International Center for Mining Technology Education Competence and BelAZ.  Read more...
Roscosmos Launches Advanced Spektr-RG Telescope As Russia Aims to Expand Its Space Powers

Newsweek.com, July 18, 2019: Russia has launched an advanced X-ray telescope into space as part of six-and-a-half-year mission expected to map around 100,000 galaxy clusters-the largest known gravitationally bound structures in the universe-and three million supermassive black holes. Known as Spektr-RG, the observatory-which was jointly developed by the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Germany-is a replacement for its predecessor Spektr-R, which operators lost control over earlier this year. The new observatory-which weighs more than 3 tons-took off aboard a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday, AFP reported. Spektr-RG is now moving towards its final destination-a point 900,000 miles above our planet-which it will reach in around three months.  Read more...
CIS Business News
Russian oil giant expands its presence in Uzbekistan

Azernews.az, July 18, 2019: Russia's Tatneft company expanded the list of regions of its presence by opening petrol stations in Uzbekistan. The grand opening of the Tatneft gas station took place in the Orta Chirchiq district of the Tashkent region. By the end of 2020, the company is expected to create a network of 22 gas stations in Uzbekistan. Tatneft is one of the largest Russian oil companies today and is an internationally recognized vertically integrated holding. The industrial complex of the company includes steadily developing enterprises of crude oil and gas production, petroleum refining, petrochemicals production, the tire-manufacturing complex, network of filling stations and services.  Read more...
Belarus invited to participate in metro, tram, railway service modernization projects in Egypt

Eng.belta.by, July 17, 2019: Egypt invites Belarus to participate in projects involving the modernization of metro, tram lines, and railways, which are being implemented in this country in line with large-scale government programs. The proposal was put forward by Egyptian Transport Minister Kamel el-Wazir as he met with Ambassador of Belarus to Egypt Sergei Rachkov, BelTA has learned.  Read more...
Production of yarn grows in Azerbaijan

En.trend.az, July 18, 2019: In January-June 2019, the total value of footwear, clothing, yarn and leather goods produced in Azerbaijan amounted to 233.3 million manats, which is 18.8 percent more than in the previous year,  Trend reports referring to the country's State Statistical Committee. Clothes production increased by 3.3 percent and reached 59.1 million manats, the production of leather goods and footwear grew by 2 percent and amounted to 9.2 million manats, and the production of yarn increased by 51.2 percent to 198.1 million manats in January-June 2019.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Россия намерена увеличить экспорт зерна до 63,6 млн тонн к 2035 году

Russian.china.org.cn, 16 июля, 2019: Россия намерена увеличить экспорт зерна до 63,6 млн тонн в ближайшие 16 лет. Об этом говорится в долгосрочной стратегии развития зернового комплекса страны до 2035 года, разработку которой завершило Министерство сельского хозяйства РФ. "В оптимистичный сценарий заложен рост производства до 150,3 млн тонн и экспорта до 63,6 млн тонн, при этом посевные площади должны возрасти до 50 млн га, а урожайность - до 35,3 ц/га", -- отмечается на сайте ведомства.  Читать далее...
«Тюменнефтегаз» на 8 % увеличил запасы Русского месторождения по российской классификации

Fedpress.ru, 16 июля, 2019: «Тюменнефтегаз», добывающее предприятие НК «Роснефть», по итогам геологоразведочных работ нарастил нефтяные запасы Русского месторождения на 8 % по категории АВ1. Увеличение углеводородного потенциала проекта стало возможно благодаря проведению сейсморазведочных работ методом 3D, бурению трех поисково-разведочных и 164 эксплуатационных скважин. На основании всех полученных данных, специалисты предприятия и Тюменского нефтяного научного центра уточнили трехмерную геологическую модель Русского месторождения, определили стратегию его дальнейшего изучения и бурения разведочных скважин в краевых зонах месторождения.  Читать далее...
Россия и Белоруссия обсудили создание особых экономических зон на границе

Ria.ru, 18 июля, 2019: Россия и Белоруссия рассматривают возможность создания особых экономических зон на границе двух стран для стимулирования трансграничного сотрудничества, заявил председатель верхней палаты белорусского парламента (Совет республики) Михаил Мясникович. "У нас пока нет трансграничных проектов. К сожалению, получается так, что те же юго-восточные районы Могилевской области, западные или юго-западные Брянской области имеют экономический потенциал, (которого) недостаточно. Мы обговаривали вопросы, чтобы, может быть, сделать зоны особого экономического развития... чтобы это был действительно такой трансграничный проект, который работает и на российский регион, и на белорусский", - заявил Мясникович на пресс-конференции по итогам VI Форума регионов России и Белоруссии.  Читать далее...
Минниханов: «За время моей работы запасы нефти в Татарстане выросли до 900 млн тонн»

Tatar-inform.ru, 19 июля, 2019: Запасов нефти в Татарстане хватит на 100 - 200 лет или более. За последние 20 лет объем запасов в республике вырос до 900 млн тонн, при этом они только увеличиваются. Об этом сообщил Президент Татарстана Рустам Минниханов на панельной дискуссии Международного образовательного форума «Летний кампус Президентской академии».  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 center 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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