Posts Tagged ‘Gazprom’

  1. LNG glut vs. Gazprom’s unused capacity

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    March 29, 2016 by AK

    The previous two posts may seem an exercise in pedantry: so what if Britain is less dependent on Gazprom than Germany or Poland now? Shouldn’t we look beyond 2016 – beyond 2020, even – to a time when Gazprom becomes the only major supplier of piped gas not facing an irreversible decline? Let’s use 2015 production …
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  2. Not in thrall to Gazprom (yet)

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    March 26, 2016 by AK

    A follow-up to Thursday’s post on Gazprom and the UK. Reuters sounded alarmist when it reported in 2015: Russia provides around 30 percent of the EU’s gas and a single supply deal signed last year by Britain’s biggest energy supplier Centrica meant that at the time Russia’s Gazprom would meet 9 percent of the country’s gas needs. …
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  3. Joint resistance to Gazprom not a strong argument against Brexit

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    March 24, 2016 by AK

    Amber Rudd, the UK energy secretary, is expected to offer these arguments against Brexit: Relying on energy from abroad is not without risk. We have seen how countries such as Putin’s Russia use their gas supplies as a tool of foreign policy. Threatening to cut off supplies or drastically increase prices… As a bloc of …
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  4. Flirting with the corporate state

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    May 18, 2014 by AK

    My grandfather had several English-Russian dictionaries. The preface to one of them, a sold, detailed wordbook, began more or less like this: “The teaching of I.V. Stalin on language has opened the way to a truly scientific, Marxist study of linguistics…” Stalin published his “teachings on language”, to replace Nikolay Marr’s theories, in mid-1950. By …
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  5. 28 of 29 of 30

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    November 25, 2013 by AK

    As of this afternoon, I believe 29 of the 30 Greenpeace activists from the Arctic Sunrise had been granted bail and 28 had been freed. One Briton was still in jail on a technicality. They can even leave Russia pending trial. Colin Russell, the ship’s radio operator, has been ordered detained for three more month. …
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  6. When in doubt, call them hooligans

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    October 27, 2013 by AK

    Russia has announced that it will be replacing the original piracy charges against the Greenpeace 30 with hooliganism and, for some, resistance to lawful authorities. Hooliganism is becoming a one size fits all charge – unexpectedly linking Pussy Riot and the Greenpeace 30.


  7. The irony of it all

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    October 26, 2013 by AK

    Greenpeace’s Russian lawyers unearthed a curious court ruling dating back to 2009. The Gazprom unit which owns the Prirazlomnaya platform was involved in a dispute with the tax authorities over value added tax (VAT) reimbursement. To get the VAT back, Gazprom had to prove that the platform was not a ship but a stationary installation. …
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  8. Greenpeace “piracy:” chronicles of Russia’s self-destruction

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    October 5, 2013 by AK

    Back to the 30 Greenpeace activists who have been or are going to be charged with piracy in Murmansk. Once again, the reasons why the charge is absurd under international law have been laid out by prof. Kontorovich (scroll down the archive page) and I have tried to explain why it goes against the Russian …
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  9. Gazprom’s $3-bln platform

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    October 2, 2013 by AK

    Offshore oil production is less than 3% of Russia’s total but Russia has grandiose plans for oil and gas production in the Arctic ocean as well as the Black Sea and the Far Eastern seas. ExxonMobil’s and Shell/s experience operating Sakhalin’s offshore fields seems to position them as the most logical choices for Rosneft/Gazprom’s partners …
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  10. Gazprom’s Arctic platform: how important is it?

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    September 30, 2013 by AK

    Russia produces over 10 million barrels per day – 500+ million tons per year – of crude and condensate, about as much as Saudi Arabia. Which of the two countries is No. 1 in total liquids output depends on how and whether you count Saudi and Russian natural gas liquids (NGL). The US is number three by …
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