May 2021 | ISSUE No. 323 | USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Upcoming Events
The 11 Annual Welcome Reception Honoring Delegations 
from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan 
at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC 2021)
The USRCC's OTC Reception is attended by more than 300 international business professionals, including, leading experts from oil and gas/energy industry, investors, suppliers, and government officials.

The USRCC’s OTC Reception 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, August 17, 2021 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm CST

Hotel ZAZA | Fountain Room 
5701 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
USRCC Members - $50 | Non-members - $100

"Pay at the Door" Option will be available at: 
USRCC Members - $55 | Non-Members - $110

Registration deadline: COB Monday, August 16, 2021
Refunds will not be issued after August 13, 2021
2900 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 133, Houston, TX 77042
P: (713) 429-4680
The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce is hosting this Webinar to discuss the long-term challenges facing the global supply chain. Energy, Shipping, Mining and Metals, and Agriculture industries’ leaders will share their experiences as to what their respective industries are doing to combat the missing pieces that make the global economy move products smoothly.
  • How to handle supply chain disruptions?
  • How to decrease costs throughout the supply chain?
  • How to meet consumer demands and improve quality, speed and service?
  • What are the advantages of digitalization of supply chain management?
These and other related questions will be covered during this Webinar.

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

8:00 am – 9:30 am (CST) | 16:00 – 17:30 (MSK)

Registration deadline: COB Monday, October 4th, 2021.


2900 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 133, Houston, TX 77042 | +1 (713) 429-4680 |
Anton Posner

Chief Executive Officer,
The Mercury Group and Mercury Resources LLC;
North East Chapter Chair and 
New York Representative,
U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce

To read the full bio click here
C. Brian Hesse

President and CEO, 
Rusal America Corporation

To read the full bio click here
Scott Bergeron

Director of Business
Development & Strategy,
Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG

To read the full bio click here
Robin Martin

Head of Market Development,
London Metal Exchange

To read the full bio
click here
Scott R. Evans


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click here
The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce
invites you to the partner event -
Gastech Exhibition & Conference 2021 at Singapore EXPO,
September 13-16, 2021.

Gastech is a global platform that convenes industry leaders annually in their shared mandate towards a zero-carbon economy. A key enabler of engagement between policy makers, business leaders, disruptors and innovators, Gastech 2021 will drive the conversations, collaborations and connections to address the challenges and opportunities created by the energy transition. Lower and zero-carbon fuels will play a central role in the delivery of the new energy landscape, as global focus continues to move towards a decarbonised and sustainable environment. Gastech 2021 will take place in Singapore, an epicentre for trade across Asia, reflecting the rapid shift Asian economies are making towards Natural Gas and LNG to meet their energy demands. Gastech will help you shape the strategies that will enable your company to thrive, providing an opportunity to explore new markets, forge exciting new partnerships and generate new business across the gas, LNG, hydrogen and energy value chain.

For more information click here.
USRCC Membership
Are you taking advantage
of your USRCC Member Benefits?

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce provides a variety of Membership options to fit your business needs and goals. Renew your membership or join for the first time today!

For more information click here.
Member's News
Lukoil and Emercom of Russia Conclude Cooperation Agreement, May 12, 2021: Russian Minister for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters Evgeniy Zinichev and President of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov had a meeting today at the XIII International Integrated Safety & Security Exhibition 2021. They signed an Agreement on Cooperation in Ensuring Fire Safety and Protecting Population and Territories against Natural and Technological Emergencies. Read more...
ASTM International and API Partner to Harmonize Petroleum Standards in West Africa, May 13, 2021: Global standards organization ASTM International and the American Petroleum Institute (API) today announced a partnership on a project aimed at harmonizing petroleum standards in the West African region, with impact in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal. The three-year project is supported by the USAID Standards Alliance and managed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Read more...
USRCC Announcement
The USRCC Member is seeking
business representative in Russia

Here are the key requirements:

  • The company / individual should have the industry contacts in dealing with Sulphur plants, CO2 capture and/or academics;
  • The representative should have a working knowledge of the amine industry;
  • The representative should have the understanding of how business works in the Russian region;
  • The company / individual could have represented tray vendors, solvent suppliers, other software, or Engineering, Procurement and Construction company.

For more details please contact:
Please indicate in subject line "Russian Representative"

The USRCC is looking for new team members!

Volunteers 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 
or contact us directly at  
call 713.429.4680
This Week in Review
Russia’s Oil Reserves Will Last Through 2080 – Government, May 11, 2021: Russia’s vast oil reserves are enough to last until at least 2080 at current production levels, the head of Russia’s Natural Resources Ministry said Tuesday. In an interview with the RBC news website, Natural Resources Minister Alexander Kozlov said Russia has the equivalent of 59 years of oil deposits and 103 years of gas reserves. The true scale of fossil fuel deposits under Russia’s soil could be even larger, but will require additional state support to accelerate exploration in hard-to-reach areas, such as beneath the Arctic permafrost, Kozlov added. Read more...
Cabinet to Allocate $202 mln for Arctic Development Program in Three Years, Says PM, May 12, 2021: Russia’s government will allocate around 15 bln rubles ($202 mln) for implementation of the state program for development of the Arctic zone in coming three years, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said when delivering a report on the government’s activities in 2020 in the State Duma (lower house) on Wednesday. Read more...
Russia to Postpone Ban on U.S. Embassy Hiring Foreign Staff, says U.S., May 14, 2021: The Russian government intends to postpone the enforcement of a ban on the U.S. embassy hiring foreign staff, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow said on Friday, adding that it would temporarily resume routine services for U.S. citizens. The embassy had said last month it was cutting consular staff by 75% and that from May 12 it would stop processing non-immigrant visas for non-diplomatic travel, after the Kremlin accused Washington of fueling tension with “unfriendly actions”. Read more...
Energy Ministry: Highest Priority Options for Monetization of Yamal Gas are those with LNG, Gas Chemicals, May 14, 2021: The highest priority scenarios for monetization of gas on the Yamal Peninsula are those options that include the development of gas chemistry, as well as the possibility of using the resource base to enter new markets, that is LNG production, Russian Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov said in an interview with Energy Policy magazine. Read more...
Shareholder of Russia's UralChem Dmitry Mazepin Becomes CEO, May 12, 2021: Key shareholder of fertilizer producer UralChem Dmitry Mazepin became CEO of the company starting from Wednesday, the company said in a statement. Dmitry Konyayev was appointed chairman of the board of directors. Read more...
Houston-Tyumen Sister Cities
Russian, Norwegian, US Experts Work on Training Courses for Arctic Specialists, May 13, 2021: Experts from Russia jointly with specialists from Norway, Germany, India and the US will participate in the URSA MAJOR project, which focuses on training specialists in "smart" management of Arctic cities and villages for their sustainable development in harmony with the environment, the Tyumen State University’s press service said on Wednesday. Read more...
CIS Business News
Coal Processing Plant Opens in Karaganda Region, May 14, 2021: The Qaz Carbon company launched a processing plant producing high-quality low-ash coal on May 11 in the Karaganda region, according to the press service of the Development Bank of Kazakhstan. The plant’s capacity is 300 tons of coal per hour or two million tons per year. Some 110 new jobs have already been created. Read more...
Belarus, Russia's Sakhalin Oblast Sign 2021-2023 Cooperation Plan, May 13, 2021: Belarus and Russia's Sakhalin Oblast have signed an action plan on implementing the intergovernmental agreement on trade, economic, scientific, technical, and cultural cooperation in 2021-2023. The document was signed by Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Ivan Krupko and Deputy Prime Minister of the Sakhalin Oblast government Anton Zaitsev, the ministry's press service told BelTA. Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
◾ Новости недели
Крупные Интернет-Компании Обяжут Открывать Представительства в России, Май 13, 2021: Новые правила для IT-компаний будут прописаны в законопроекте о так называемом «приземлении», сообщил глава комитета Госдумы по информационной политике Александр Хинштейн. Он отметил, что у крупных IT-гигантов нет представительств в России: в лучшем случае они создают «дочки», которые не несут никакой ответственности. Читать далее...
В Минэнерго Оценили Сроки Завершения Строительства «Северного Потока – 2», Май 14, 2021: В Европе заинтересованы в реализации проекта «Северный поток – 2», строительство газопровода находится в завершающей стадии. Об этом в пятницу, 14 мая, сообщил глава Минэнерго РФ Николай Шульгинов. Шульгинов также напомнил, что российский вице-премьер Александр Новак говорил о завершении строительных работ в 2021 году. Читать далее...
Минэнерго Намерено Рассмотреть Возможность Перехода Сверхвязкой Нефти на НДД до 2024 года, Май 14, 2021: Переход сверхвязкой нефти на налог на дополнительный доход (НДД) должен произойти самое позднее в 2024 году, но Минэнерго выступает за возможность более раннего перехода, сообщил министр энергетики РФ Николай Шульгинов в интервью журналу "Энергетическая политика". Читать далее...
Темпы Роста Экономики России Вышли на Доковидный Уровень 2019 года, Май 12, 2021: Темпы роста российской экономики уже вышли на доковидный уровень 2019 года, заявил премьер-министр РФ Михаил Мишустин в ходе выступления в Госдуме. По данным Росстата, спад ВВП РФ в четвертом квартале 2020 года замедлился до 1,8% в годовом выражении после снижения на 3,5% в третьем квартале. По итогам прошлого года, спад ВВП РФ составил 3%. Читать далее...
Чистая Прибыль "Башнефти" в Первом Квартале Выросла Почти в Два Раза, Май 14, 2021: Чистая прибыль "Башнефти" по МСФО в первом квартале 2021 года выросла в 2,1 раза по сравнению с аналогичным периодом прошлого года, до 8,272 миллиарда рублей, сообщается в отчетности компании. Чистая прибыль, относящаяся к акционерам, выросла в 1,9 раза, до 7,668 миллиарда рублей. Капзатраты снизились на 8% и составили 14,632 миллиарда рублей. Читать далее...
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