December 2021 | ISSUE No. 353 | USRCC Business Newsletter
◾ USRCC New Member Spotlight
Dan DiLella is the Managing Partner of Hotaling Insurance Services (H.I.S) and has strategic control over the Houston office. H.I.S. is a nationally licensed and fully independent risk management family office with five offices across the country. Dan specializes in high-level estate planning for his clients that range from affluent business owners, families, and individuals to professional athletes and entertainers. 

In 2014, Dan joined H.I.S. (formerly known as The Hotaling Group) as an insurance specialist. There he began his mentorship under the group’s founder and one of the most respected insurance agents in the country, Bobby Hotaling. Shortly after joining the firm, Dan was tasked with growing the group’s presence in the Houston market and spent several years cultivating business and creating meaningful relationships. After countless cross-country commutes, he was given the reins to open an office in “H-Town” and was named Managing Partner in 2018. In September of 2021, Dan was nationally recognized as one of Insurance Business America’s Rising Stars for his contributions to the industry.
Dan graduated from SUNY University at Albany in 2011 with a degree in Business Administrationand Finance. During his tenure at Albany, he was the starting quarterback of the I-AA football team where he led the Great Danes to their first ever FCS Playoff Game. He was recognized for his accomplishments both on and off the field by earning first-team All- Northeast Conferenceand FCS academic All-Star team honors. Dan then had the proverbial “cup of coffee” with the New York Jets during the summer of 2012 before entering the financial industry.
Prior to H.I.S., Dan started his insurance career at MetLife and in 2013, he was recognized as one of the top first year advisors on the East Coast.

When Dan is not working, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Gina and their Goldendoodles, Cali & Finnegan. He is an active philanthropist and supports causes that are near and dear to his heart such as the With Merci Foundation, The National Kidney Foundation, and The American Cancer Society.

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USRCC Activities - New York City Networking Reception
On December 2, 2021, U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce and its North East Chapter hosted its “by invite only” New York City Networking Reception

This event gathered over 40 executives from metals, energy, logistics & transportation, technology, real estate, finance, and other industries at Cornell Club Manhattan. Representatives of Greenwich Metals Inc., J.P. Morgan, Stemcor USA Inc., Ifchor North America, Brown Brothers Harriman, Goldman Sachs & Co., Glencore Ltd., Trident Commodities, Bloomberg, and other companies attended the event.

Anton Posner, CEO of The Mercury Group and USRCC's North East Chapter Chairman welcomed all reception guests on behalf of the USRCC and thanked all the reception sponsors who made this event possible. Reception attendees enjoyed meeting each other in person in New York City and an opportunity to mingle, get new connections and discuss possible partnerships.

The USRCC is looking forward to its upcoming events in New York City in 2022.
The generous sponsors that made this event possible were Gold Sponsors – Rusal America, Waybridge, Host Terminals, Metro International Trade Services, and Bronze Sponsors – The Mercury Group and AmeRussia Shipping Co.

More event photos are available on USRCC's Facebook page.
AmeRussia Shipping Co., Inc.
USRCC Activities - Welcome Reception Honoring Delegations from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to 23rd World Petroleum Congress
As 23rd World Petroleum Congress official partner, the USRCC hosted its Welcome Reception Honoring Delegations from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021, at Four Seasons Hotel Houston.

Welcome remarks were made by Alexander Zakharov, Consul General of Consulate General of Russian Federation in Houston, Amanda Jernigan, Global Account Director of Parker Wellbore, and Denis Prokofiev, Head of International Technology Partnership of PJSC "Gazprom Neft."

The Reception provided energy industry executives with the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and opinions. Over 50 executives from LUKOIL, PJSC "Gazprom neft", Parker Wellbore, Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers, Shell, Chevron, Andersen, Radix Engineering, Neftegaz, Hotaling Insurance Services, Zenith Real Estate, Energy Transfer, Lummus Technology, Optimized Gas Treating, Derrick Corporation, Turkish Airlines, Houston First Corporation, and many others, as well as Government representatives attended the event.
More event photos are available on USRCC's Facebook page.
The USRCC thanks its Bronze Sponsor - Parker Wellbore!
USRCC Upcoming Events
USRCC’s Standardization Conference is a specialized technical conference that addresses common issues and challenges of standardization, certification and conformity assessment. 

USRCC in partnership with the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) and its Committee for Industrial Policy and Technical Regulation, invites you to attend the 4th Standardization Conference to discuss the requirements for the production and certification of hydrogen pipes.
The following questions to be discussed during the Conference:
  • Requirements for hydrogen pipes production;
  • Requirements on special pipes and pipelines for the hydrogen transportation;
  • Hydrogen pipes certification;
  • Existing standards and standards development for hydrogen pipes; and other related questions.
Tuesday, December 14th, 2021
9:00 am– 10:30 am CST (Houston) | 18:00 – 19:30 (Moscow)
Cost: complimentary
Simultaneous translation into Russian language is included.

Registration deadline: COB Monday, December 13th, 2021.
Webinar details will be provided upon registration.


Deputy Co-Chairman,
Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, 
Committee of Industrial Policy
and Technical Regulation

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Senior Director,
Standards Development, 
American Petroleum Institute 

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Derivative Programs, 
Conformity Assessment, 

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Director of EMEA Sales,
ASTM International
USRCC Partner Event

February 11, 2022

After a year's pause, New York's premier Russian-American event of the social calendar is back.
The USRCC as an official partner of 56th Petroushka Ball invites you to join the event to celebrate in-person and dance the night away on February 11, 2022 at The Plaza Hotel in NYC
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for all who are present at the event.
Reception, Dinner & Entertainment, Dancing
Dress Code: Strictly White or Black Tie, Long Ball Gowns
All net proceeds from the 56th Petroushka Ball will be directed towards the Russian Children's Welfare Society (RCWS) charitable programs. Founded in 1926, the RCWS is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children at risk in Russia.
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For further details, please visit the event page, contact RCWS at 212-473-6263 or

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USRCC Membership
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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!

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Member's News
Baker Hughes Announces Major Turbomachinery LNG Order for the Pluto Train 2 Project, December 7, 2021: Baker Hughes has been awarded a contract by Bechtel to provide high-efficiency gas turbines and centrifugal compressors to support the expansion of the Pluto LNG onshore processing facility in Western Australia, which is operated by Woodside. The construction of Pluto LNG’s second train (“Pluto Train 2”) builds on Baker Hughes’ existing technology supply for Pluto LNG’s first train, which has been in operation since 2012, and further expands Baker Hughes’ global turbomachinery fleet in LNG operations. Read more...
ExxonMobil, SGN, Green Investment Group Sign MoU to Explore Potential for Southampton Hydrogen Hub, December 8, 2021: SGN, Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) and Esso Petroleum Company, Limited (an ExxonMobil affiliate) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the use of hydrogen and carbon capture to help reduce emissions in the Southampton industrial cluster. Southampton has one of the largest industrial sectors in the United Kingdom, and is both a critical element of the country’s energy supply chain and an important gateway for trade in global markets. Read more...
Lukoil Reports on Amended Terms of Share Acquisition in Shah Deniz Project, December 10, 2021: PJSC "LUKOIL" announces the signing of amendments to the agreement concluded in October 2021 on the acquisition of a share in the Shah Deniz project from PETRONAS. In accordance with the new arrangements, the share acquired by LUKOIL is reduced from 15.5% to 9.99% with proportional decrease in the transaction value from $2.25 billion to $1.45 billion. Read more...
USRCC Announcement

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
Gazprom Neft, Skoltech, Khanty-Mansi AO are Developing Technologies to Produce Hard-to-Recover Oil, December 1, 2021: Gazprom Neft, the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug - Yugra’s Shpilman R&D Centre for Rational Subsoil Usage have concluded an agreement on establishing an engineering centre to develop and commercialise exploration and production technologies for hard-to-recover reserves. Implementing this project will facilitate the development of Russia’s largest laboratory complex for studying hard-to-recover oil. Read more...
Trade Between Russia and US is Growing Despite Problems in Bilateral Relations — MFA, December 10, 2021: Trade turnover between Russia and the United States is growing, despite the existing problems in relations between the two countries, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov announced at a briefing on Friday. Read more...
Russia’s Gazprom Neft Expects Record Oil, Gas Production in 2021, December 9, 2021: Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russian gas giant Gazprom, expects a record high oil and gas production this year, as demand recovers and OPEC+ eases the production cuts, the third-largest Russian oil producer said on Thursday. Read more...
23rd World Petroleum Congress Ends on a High Note, December 9, 2021: The 23rd World Petroleum Congress program concluded strongly Wednesday, with high-level discussions on collaboration within the industry and the changes needed going forward, as well as special events including a discussion of Houston’s role in leading the energy transition, presentation of the Dewhurst Award & Lecture, and the official handover to Calgary, the host city for the 24th World Petroleum Congress in September 2023. Read more...
Fitch Improves Outlook for Russia’s GDP Growth in 2021 to 4.4%, December 8, 2021: International rating agency Fitch Ratings has raised the forecast for Russia's gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2021 to 4.4% from 4.3%, according to a document released Wednesday. The agency expect the GDP growth to slow down to 2.6% in 2022 and to 2% in 2023. The industry and construction sectors are expected to boost economic growth, while services can be hit the most by the pandemic. Inflation is estimated at 8% in 2021, 4.4% in 2022 and 4% in 2023. Read more...
Four Russian Regions Ready to Follow Sakhalin in Carbon Unit Trading Experiment, December 7, 2021: Bashkortostan, Khabarovsk Territory and Irkutsk and Kaliningrad regions have expressed interest in conducting a carbon unit trading experiment and establishing a system to track emissions and absorption of greenhouse gases, the press service of Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko, whose brief includes the environment, reported. Read more...
CIS Business News
Kazakhstan Attracts Over US $370 Billion in FDI Since Independence, December 6, 2021: Kazakhstan has attracted over US$370 billion in foreign direct investments since it gained independence in 1991, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told representatives of leading investment companies on Friday. The meeting gathered top management of some of the world’s leading investment firms, including Blackrock, Luxor Capital, Lugard Road Capital, Aberdeen Asset Management, Capital Group, Sands Capital, Alameda Research & FTX, and Kingsway Capital. Read more...
SOCAR AQS Completes Drilling of Another Well at Gunashli Field, December 9, 2021: SOCAR AQS has completed the drilling of the well 356 from the offshore platform 7, meeting all quality, environmental standards, and in a safe and reliable manner, Trend reports with reference to SOCAR AQS. The well has been drilled to the total depth as per final approved profile and delivered to SOCAR's Azneft Production Union, SOCAR AQS’ long-term customer. Read more...
Energy Ministers of Belarus, Russia Hold Talks in Moscow, December 8, 2021: Belarusian Energy Minister Viktor Karankevich met with Russian Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov in Moscow. The meeting was attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Russia Vladimir Semashko, BelTA learned from the press service of the Energy Ministry. Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
◾ Новости недели
Всемирный Банк Считает, что Переход РФ к "Зеленой" Экономике Может Стать Драйвером Роста, Декабрь 10, 2021: Переход РФ к "зеленой" экономике будет способствовать ее дальнейшему росту, считают авторы отчета Всемирного банка "Россия и глобальный переход на низкоуглеродное развитие: риски и новые возможности", который подготовлен совместно с Высшей школой экономики. Читать далее...
«Газпром нефть» Ищет Способы Пополнить Запасы на Ямале, Декабрь 8, 2021: «Газпром нефть» просит президента РФ Владимира Путина помочь ей увеличить ресурсную базу для заполнения недавно построенного газопровода с Новопортовского месторождения. Речь идет о выставлении на аукцион со спецусловиями трех месторождений Нурминской группы на Ямале. Но эти участки находятся на территории заказника «Ямальский», где запрещена промышленная деятельность,— нефтяники предлагают изменить границы заказника. Читать далее...
Крупный Бизнес Попросил у Мишустина Защиты от Последствий Глобальной Налоговой Реформы, Декабрь 10, 2021: Крупный российский бизнес попросил у премьера Михаила Мишустина защиты от последствий глобальной налоговой реформы Организации экономического сотрудничества и развития (ОЭСР). Президент Российского союза промышленников и предпринимателей Александр Шохин направил председателю правительства предложение поручить профильным ведомствам активно отстаивать интересы компаний на площадке ОЭСР (его письмо есть у «Ведомостей»). Реформа, по словам главы бизнес-объединения, может привести к уплате налогов от пользования российскими недрами за рубежом. Читать далее...
Pfizer Готова Создать Вакцину Против Омикрон-Штамма к Марту, Декабрь 7, 2021: Вакцина против нового штамма коронавируса "омикрон" будет готова к марту, если в ней возникнет необходимость, заявил глава американской фармацевтической компании Pfizer Альберт Бурла на конференции Wall Street Journal. Читать далее...
Fitch Подтвердило Рейтинги России на Уровне "BBB" со "Стабильным" Прогнозом, Декабрь 4, 2021: Международное рейтинговое агентство Fitch подтвердило долгосрочные рейтинги дефолта эмитента (РДЭ) Российской Федерации в иностранной и национальной валютах на уровне "BBB". Прогноз рейтингов - "стабильный", говорится в пресс-релизе агентства. Читать далее...
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