revista presei pe energie 15 decembrie – part II

2010/12/15

RIA Novosti: TNK-BP seeks partners for Novosibirskneftegaz

Russian-British oil company TNK-BP is looking for partners for its Novosibirskneftegaz subsidiary, which owns a license for the Verkh-Tarskoye deposit in Siberia, Vice President Sergei Brezitsky said on Tuesday.

TNK-BP is considering a partnership as the subsidiary has reached its production peak of 3,000 tons per day, Brezitsky said, adding Kazakh and Vietnamese companies were interested in participation .

Novinite: Greece: Bulgaria Serves American Interests by Blocking Oil Pipeline

Bulgaria has been slammed by senior Greek government officials over its stalling of the construction of Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline.

Statements by members of the Greek Cabinet during a Hellenic-Russian Society Conference on “RussiaGreeceCyprus: Political Economic and Cultural Partnerships, Present and Future” held on Monday under the auspices of the Greek foreign ministry indicated much criticism for Bulgaria over the pipeline that should be transporting oil from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean via Bulgaria and Greece.

During the Russian-Greek forum, the importance of the materialization of the South Stream pipeline and the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline in the current difficult conjuncture was highlighted in a message by Republic President Karolos Papoulias read in the opening of the conference, reported the Greek news agency ANA-MPA.

Speaking in the conference, Greece‘s Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangaloswas especially critical of Bulgaria as regards the issue of the construction of theBurgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline, stressing that it is a project of major importance for the Greek government.

Referring to the stance adopted by the Bulgarian government, he said that implementing the project appears to be difficult.

He maintained that pressures are being exerted by oil companies trying to block the construction of the oil pipeline adding, however, that the dead end is not insurmountable. “The Bulgarian leadership should realize that it is against the interest of the Bulgarian people to adopt a policy that isolates the country,” he stressed as cited by ANA-MPA.

“Every time political forces which are under strong Western influence win in Bulgaria,Burgas-Alexandroupolis reaches a dead end,” Pangalos said probably referring to the fact that the negotiations for the project have been dragging on since the early 1990s, and that it was usually revived when pro-Russian Socialists were in power in Bulgaria unlike the term of the rightist Kostov government in 1997-2001.

In his words, as cited by the Russian RBK Daily, multinational oil companies connected with the American government use all means to prevent the realization of theBurgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline.

He said that the stalemate could be overcome but “that Russia and Greece will have to use whatever means they have at their disposal to help the Bulgarian leadership understand that policies leading to isolation of the countries in the Balkans with respect to private, Trans-Atlantic interests, does not serve the interests of the Bulgarian people.”

A Greek MP, Simos Kedikoglu, representing the parliamentary opposition, supported the opinion of the government member by saying he deemed unconvincing the argument of the Bulgarian government that the oil pipeline project is environmentally unsafe because it will reduce the traffic of oil tankers through the Turkish Straits.

Russian Ambassador to Greece Vladimir Chikvishvili is quoted as being more optimistic about the oil pipeline saying he hoped that projects that are important for the energy security of Europe will be realized.

energia.gr: Russia to Start Building Turkey’s First Nuclear Power Plant in 2013

Russia will start building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant estimated at $20 billion in 2013, Russian ambassador to Ankara Vladimir Ivanovsky said on Sunday, Ria Novosti writes.

“The launch of the plant’s first power unit is planned for 2018 while the other three will be launched with an interval of one year. The fourth power unit will be put into operation in 2021 and the plant’s reactors are designed to operate for 60 years. The project for the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under the Russian design is a strategic area of Russian-Turkish cooperation,” the diplomat said.

Russia and Turkey signed an intergovernmental agreement on the construction and operation of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant during a visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Ankara on May 12, 2010.

The project stipulates the construction of four power units with a capacity of 1.2 GW each under the Russian design, using VVER pressurized water reactors. The nuclear power plant will be built by Russia’s Atomstroyexport civilian nuclear power corporation near the Mediterranean port of Mersin in the Akkuyu area.

The project stipulates the establishment of a nuclear engineering company to put the nuclear power plant into operation. The company will be wholly owned by Russia at the initial stage.

energia.gr: Gazprom Plans To Raise Output To 580 BCM In 2015

Russian gas giant OAO Gazprom expects to produce between 570 billion cubic meters and 580 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2015, the Vedomosti daily reports Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.

The plan will be discussed at a board meeting on Dec. 21., said two sources familiar with Gazprom’s recent production plan.

Gazprom–a major gas exporter to Europe–plans to produce 515 billion cubic meters this year.

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