No. 239

  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. 

We are looking forward to another successful year! 

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

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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
Weatherford strikes four-year safety valve deal with Petrobras

Worldoil.com, October 2, 2019: Weatherford International has announced its largest-ever contract for deep-set safety valves. Under terms of a deal with Petrobras, Weatherford will deliver 24 Optimax deep-set safety valves in the next four years.
Weatherford, an industry leader in traditional safety valve technology, is now extending its reliability to the deep and ultra-deepwater market. The Optimax deep-set safety valve protects against catastrophic loss of well control by providing fail-safe closures at pressure up to 10,000 psi and are rated for setting depths as deep as 12,000 ft. The valves are monogrammed to API-14A's highest validation grade of V1.  Read more...
Lukoil opens lubricant production plant in Almaty Region

Astanatimes.com, October 3, 2019: Lukoil, the Russian multinational energy corporation, has invested more than $9 million to construct a lubricant production plant in the Almaty Region. The company plans to sell products not only in the Central Asian region, but also export to Afghanistan, China and Mongolia.  "The largest Russian company Lukoil is not only an investor in Kazakhstan, but it is also a strategic partner. This is clearly evidenced by the fact that since 1995, the company has invested 9.5 billion tenge (US$24.4 million) in the domestic economy. With the participation of Lukoil, we are implementing a series of large joint projects. All this is the result of a bilateral fruitful partnership," said Prime Minister Askar Mamin during the opening ceremony.  Read more...
Shell promotes Australia head to run global conventional oil, gas unit

Reuters.com, October 4, 2019:  Royal Dutch Shell has promoted its current Australia chief, Zoe Yujnovich, to the role of executive vice president for conventional oil and gas from Jan. 1, based in the group's headquarters in The Hague, Shell Australia said on Friday.   In her new role, Yujnovich will report to Shell's upstream director and be responsible for delivering growth across 18 countries, including Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Oman, the UK and Iraq . Yujnovich, an Australian, joined Shell in Canada in 2014 from the mining industry and since February 2017 has run its Australian business, which accounts for about a quarter of the group's invested capital.  Read more...

The Week in Review
Siemens Signs Contract for Industrial Power Plant in Tatarstan

Albawaba.com, October 2, 2019: Siemens Gas and Power and PJSC Kazanorgsintez, one of Russia's largest chemical companies, signed a contract for the turnkey construction of a 250 megawatt (MW) combined cycle power plant in Tatarstan.
Commercial operation is planned to being in 2023. Siemens also signed two service contracts, one with Kazanorgsintez for the new plant and one for a 495 MW power plant with Siemens equipment owned by PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. Both companies are part of the TAIF Group. The total value of all three contracts is approximately €290 million.  Read more...
Russian company launches serial production of androids

Tass.com, September 30, 2019:   This is the first humanoid android in the world that not only mimics the human appearance, but is also able to integrate into business processes, the co-founder of the company said. ompany Promobot launched in Perm serial production of humanoid robots that are able to integrate into business processes, co-founder of the company Oleg Kivokurtsev told TASS on Monday.  Read more...
Russia plans to increase LNG output to 120 - 140 mln tonnes by 2035

Tass.com, October 2, 2019: The President noted that thanks to the Yamal LNG project, Russia's share in the global LNG market more than doubled and now stands at about 9%. In the next 15 years, Russia plans to increase annual production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to 120-140 mln tonnes, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday at the Russian Energy Week. "We expect ... by 2035 to reach the LNG production level of 120-140 mln tonnes per year," Putin said. According to him, the low cost of production and attractive logistics make Russian LNG projects one of the most competitive in the world and can secure growth of Russia's share in this dynamic market . Read more...
Linde and Gazprom to form engineering joint venture

Hydrocarbonengineering.com, October 4, 2019:  Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Christian Bruch, Executive Vice President and CEO of Linde Engineering, and John van der Velden, Managing Director of Linde Engineering, have signed the Joint Venture Contract and Joint Venture Participants Agreement between Gazprom 335 and Linde AG at the 9 th  St Petersburg International Gas Forum. In accordance with the document, the parties will create a joint engineering venture to develop process, design and engineering documentation for natural gas processing and liquefaction facilities in Russia. In addition, the companies plan to provide services for the commissioning and operation of LNG plants. Read more...
Yandex Drive has launched electric car rental in Moscow

Rusautonews.com, October 2, 2019: Yandex Drive has launched electric car rental. The company has started offering Nissan Leaf cars to customers for rental in Moscow, as stated by the company. This is the first experience of Yandex Drive with electric vehicles in Russia, as told by a company representative.  Yandex Drive is one of the two largest car sharing companies in Russia. The car fleet of Yandex Drive is formed of 15,000 vehicles, according to company data.  Read more...
I oT & AI World Summit Russia opened in Kazan

Realnoevremya.com, October 3, 2019: IoT & AI World Summit Russia took place at Kazan Expo from 1 to 2 October. The event was held in the republic for the third time already and doesn't stop breaking its own records: this year, it gathered over 1,500 delegates and 200 sectoral experts from 25 countries. To compare, in 2018, the summit hosted about 900 delegates from 25 countries. The solemn opening ceremony of the IoT was on 1 October.   Read more...
Houston-Tyumen Sister Cities
Tyumen historians spoke about the evolution of Russian universities

Eurekalert.org, October 2, 2019: The 1st Conference of the International Academy of the History of Science took place in Athens, Greece on September 12-15, 2019.  Scientists from all over the world gathered in the National Hellenic Research Foundation to discuss different aspects of the history of science and technology. Among the participants of the conference were Alexander Sorokin, the head of the Department of Russian History, head of network research center 'Man, Nature, Technologies' at Tyumen State University and Assistant Professor Mikhail Gribovsky, a senior researcher at the 'Man, Nature, Technologies' network research center, associate professor of Tomsk State University . Read more...
CIS Business News
CCI hosts a meeting of the Uzbek-Russian Business Council

Uzdaily.com. October 1, 2019:  The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan held a regular meeting of the Uzbek-Russian Business Council on 1 October 2019.
Members of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, members of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation took part in its work.  Read more...
Belarus, Latvia to cooperate in competition policy, protection of consumer rights

Eng.belta.by, October 2, 2019:  Belarus and Latvia will cooperate in the area of competition policy and the protection of consumer rights. The relevant memorandum has been signed by the Belarusian Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry and the Latvian Economy Ministry, BelTA has learned. The document was signed during the 14th session of the Belarus-Latvia intergovernmental commission on economic, scientific, and technical cooperation in Minsk on 2 October. Belarusian Transport and Communications Minister Aleksei Avramenko and Latvian Transport Minister Talis Linkaits took part in it.   Read more...
BelNPP fosters development of new technology in transport, construction

Eng.belta.by, Ocotober 2, 2019: The construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP) gave rise to new technology in transport, construction and other sectors, Belarus' Energy Minister Viktor Karankevich said as he spoke at the international forum Russian Energy Week in Moscow on 2 October.  According to Viktor Karankevich, along with the BelNPP construction a large-scale project on reconstruction of existing and construction of new high-voltage power lines was implemented in the country. "This ensures the supply of electricity to any region of Belarus from the nuclear power plant," he stressed. "This has given a certain impetus to the development of new industries, including energy-intensive ones. Conditions have been created to expand the scope and application of electric energy in the country. Take, for example, the development of electric transport .   Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Молочное животноводство Татарстана переживает масштабную модернизацию, эта отрасль будет точкой роста в ближайшие годы

Mcx.ru, 1 Октября 2019 г:  В Татарстане за 2016-2018 годы ввели в эксплуатацию 26 современных молочных комплексов на 28 тыс. голов дойного стада, объем инвестиций составил около 9 млрд рублей. Об этом проинформировал 6 сентября на совещании в Доме Правительства республики заместитель Премьер-министра РТ - министр сельского хозяйства и продовольствия Марат Ахметов.  Читать далее...
План дорожного ремонта на 2020 года скорректировали в Томске

Iz.ru, 3 Октября 2019 г:  Власти Томска внесли изменения в план дорожного ремонта на 2020 год. Теперь он включает девять объектов, сообщил мэр города Иван Кляйн в программе «Жизнь города».  Ремонт проводится в рамках нацпроекта «Безопасные и качественные автомобильные дороги». Перечень работ на следующий год пополнили участок улицы Елизарова от Транспортной площади до улицы Шевченко, почти вся улица Пушкина, проспект Ленина от переулка Плеханова до улицы Беленца, пишет РИА   «Томск» Объем финансирования станет известен после того, как будут утверждены бюджеты РФ и Томской области. Мэр города выразил надежду, что он будет не меньше, чем в этом году.  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.
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