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2010/08/02

Bursa: Un fost jurnalist blochează în instanţă giganţii energetici

Un fost jurnalist încearcă să blocheze, în instanţă constituirea celor doi campioni energetici “Electra” şi “Hidroenergetica”, susţinând că este un simplu cetăţean care se împotriveşte planurilor Guvernului de a ţine în viaţă companii cu sute de milioane de lei datorii la stat, în loc să le privatizeze.
Planurile Guvernului pentru cons­tituirea celor două companii energetice prevăd fuziunea mai multor societăţi comerciale, dintre care unele, precum Compania Naţională a Huilei, împovărează bugetul statului cu datorii enorme.
Opoziţia intentată de fostul jurnalist nu este singulară, acţiuni similare fiind intentate în instanţă de conducerea şi chiar unii acţionari ai Fondului Proprietatea pentru ca participaţia fondului la cele două companii să nu fie diluată, după constituirea lor.
Acţiunea pornită de fostul jurnalist se deosebeşte de celelalte opoziţii aflate la Registrul Comerţului sau pe rolurile Tribunalelor prin faptul că a fost demarată de o persoană care susţine că nu are vreun interes, în afară de binele public.
Fostul jurnalist, Cosmin Barbu, ne-a explicat: “M-am opus ca simplu cetăţean. Nu am nicio legătură cu niciuna dintre societăţile care ar urma să facă parte din Electra sau Hidroenergetica şi nici cu Fondul Proprietatea, ci consider că nu este normal ca, prin constituirea celor două companii energetice, să fie şterse cu buretele datoriile de sute de milioane de lei ale unor societăţi care ar urma să fuzioneze”. El adaugă că societăţile cu probleme ar trebui privatizate sau închise: “Prin crearea celor doi campioni, se urmăreşte ţinerea în viaţă a unor companii complet neprofitabile care sug seva economiei. Nu consider că este normal ca statul să tot acopere aces te datorii atâta timp cât ele ar putea fi privatizate”. mai mult

Mediafax: Dacă barilul ajunge la 150 de dolari, motorina în România va costa cam 6,6 lei

Luând în considerare un preţ al barilului în creştere, calculele Rompetrol arată că, la un dolar de 3,44 de lei, cu TVA de 24%, cu marja de profit redusă cu 30% şi un baril de 100 de dolari, preţul eFix Diesel (cel mai vândut produs al Rompetrol) ar ajunge la 5,36 de lei, potrivit Business Magazin.

La un dolar de 3,44 de lei, cu TVA de 24%, cu marja de profit redusă cu 30% şi un baril de 150 de dolari, preţul eFix Diesel ar ajunge la 6,60 lei. Săptămâna trecută, la un dolar de 3,38 de lei, cu TVA de 24%, cu marja de profit redusă cu 30% şi un baril de 77 de dolari, preţul eFix Diesel era de 4,75 de lei. La sfârşitul lunii iunie, înaintea majorării TVA, era 4,36 lei. În urmă cu un an, era 3,61 lei. mai mult

Adevarul: Ucraina a scumpit gazele pentru populaţie cu 50% de la 1 august, pentru a obţine bani de la FMI

Guvernul ucrainean a decis scumpirea gazelor pentru populaţie cu 50% de la 1 august, ca parte a unui program de echilibrare a bugetului, necesar pentru a lua un împrumut de 15,15 miliarde de dolari de la FMI, relatează RIA Novosti.

Majorarea graduală a preţului gazelor pentru populaţie este o condiţie majoră pentru accesarea creditului de la Fond, mai scrie agenţia de presă citată.

Opoziţia, condusă de fostul premier Iulia Timoşenko, cea care a pierdut alegerile prezidenţiale la începutul acestui an în faţa lui Viktor Ianukovici, a atacat în instanţă această decizie.

Timişenko a avertizat că un asemenea împrumut va fi o povară pentru populaţie, inadmisibilă în acest moment, şi că ţara are nevoie de un credit de maximum trei-cinci miliarde de dolari.

money.ro: Un nou parc eolian va fi construit în Dobrogea

Un consorţiu de firme româneşti deţinute indirect de grupul austriac de utilităţi Verbund va dezvolta un parc eolian cu o capacitate instalată de până la 210 MW lângă localitatea Casimcea, în judeţul Tulcea.

Energia electrică estimată a fi produsă prin activitatea proiectului este de aproximativ 608 GWh anual, când proiectul este complet operaţional, potrivit formularului-document de descriere a proiectului, publicat de Ministerul Mediului.

Prin înlocuirea producerii de energie electrică pe bază de combustibili fosili din reţeaua electrică naţională din România se vor reduce aproximativ 560.000 de tone de CO2 pean, se mai arată în document Proiectul este dezvoltat de S.C. Alpha Wind S.R.L. şi SC CAS Regenerabile SRL, două societăţi româneşti în care este prezent grupul austriac Verbund. mai mult

Vocea Rusiei: Rusia a crescut livrările de gaz în Turcia

În urma unei explozii la gazoductul prin care gazul iranian ajunge în Turcia, compania Botash s-a adresat Gazpromului cu rugămintea ca până la lichidarea urmărilor avariei să crească livrările de combustibil rusesc prin conducta Blue Stream, transmite ITAR-TASS.

Gazprom a sporit volumul de gaz livrat în Turcia de la 14 la 22 milioane de metri cubi pe zi. Turcia ocupă locul al doilea după cantitatea de gaz exportat din Rusia.

RIA Novosti: Ukraine hopes to seal deal on gas consortium with Russia soon – minister

Ukraine hopes to seal a deal on a gas consortium with Russia in the near future, Ukrainian fuel and energy minister Yuriy Boiko said on Monday.

Ukraine voiced hopes of setting up a gas consortium with Russia and the EU as early as 2000, but talks stumbled over ex-president Viktor Yushchenko’s pro-Western policies.

“Talks are underway; we want guarantees from Gazprom that there will be sufficient transit volumes – no less than 100 billion cu m a year,” Boiko said in an interview with the Ukrainian newspaper Segodnya.

“The terms we offer allow us to hope that [we] will agree on the consortium,” he said, adding that it was too early to disclose the terms.

In April, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposed a merger between Russia’s gas giant Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz.

The proposal was slated by the Ukrainian opposition as putting Ukraine’s sovereignty at risk.

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said that the Ukrainian gas transportation system should become part of a joint Russian-Ukrainian gas venture.

Russian-Ukrainian ties have seen a dramatic improvement since Viktor Yanukovych replaced Yushchenko as president in late February.

rt.com: New oil era ushers in safety focus

A new era of oil has begun with technology and safety coming to the fore with remaining oil reserves getting increasingly difficult to access, and the Transocean disaster posing questions for the entire industry.

One hundred days and counting – the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has become a turning point for the whole oil industry and, perhaps, the global economy.

Tougher exploration rules are coming into force just as the easy oil is running out. Energy companies will be forced to explore hard -to-reach fields in the extreme environments – deeper water or Arctic conditions. Andrey Komarov, co-owner of Chelyabinsk Pipe says the Transocean-Macondo well disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is ushering in a new era

“We are entering new era of advanced quality. The usual quality is not enough for our customers any more. The risks are very high. The Gulf of Mexico has shown what the risks of compromising on quality are.”

Robert Dudley pioneered international level security and workplace standards in Russia. Now he is facing a tougher job – setting an even lower threshold for ecological risk across BP. All oil companies involved in shelf exploration are already working on a common security fund that will accumulate emergency funds. But Peter Necarsulmer, Chairman and CEO of the PBN Company, says a focus on developing a safety culture is the key need.

“TNK BP has pioneered a lot here in Russia and much of that was due to the leadership of Dudley, and the results show that the safety record on TNK-BP is very good. The other absolute priority for Dudley is to lead the safety culture. BP has not delivered at the level it need to in terms of health and safety.”

Safety, security, risk management could be the oil industry’s new motto, and Russian oil giants won’t be immune.

ITAR TASS: Gazprom net profit goes up by 57% in January-June 2010

Net profit of Russia’s natural gas monopoly Gazprom increased by 57 percent in the first half of the year and reached 265.7 billion roubles (USD 1 = RUB 30.18) , the Prime Tass economic news agency said on Friday, quoting the company’s official report.

In April-June 2010, Gazprom’s net profit amounted to 77.871billion roubles, which was 58.5 percent smaller than in the first three months of the current year, the economic news agency said, adding, that the indicator totalled 187.844 billion roubles in January-March 2010.

Besides, the indicator of this April-June decreased by 43 percent, as compared to the same months of 2009, Prime Tass cited the report.

The company believes that the decline in its net profit was mainly caused by the decrease of revenues from natural gas sales due to seasonal factors, the economic news agency said.

In the first half of 2009, Gazprom’s net profit amounted to 169 billion roubles, Prime Tass reaffirmed.

ITAR TASS: INTER RAO UES begins electricity supplies to Turkey

TGR Enerji, a subsidiary of Russia’s electricity export-import operator Inter RAO UES created in Turkey, has begun importing electricity to Turkey.

The company is supplying about 12 million kilowatt/hour of electricity a month with a maximum capacity of up to 30 megawatts.

The company will import electricity from Georgia during spring and summer, and from Russia during autumn and winter. Electricity from Russia will be supplied through Georgia using the existing power transmission line from Batumi (Georgia) to Hope (Turkey). The decision on the import of electricity was adopted on December 24, 2008 by the Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority.

Novinite: Bulgarian Govt to Go for Expanding Kozloduy NPP If Belene Fails

Bulgaria is definitely going to expand its nuclear energy capacity even if the construction of the Belene NPP fails, Economy Minister Traicho Traikov has declared.

Traikov spoke Monday on the occasion of his first year in office as Minister of Economy, Energy, and Tourism.

He made clear the government’s position that the construction of a seventh nuclear reactor at the existing Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant is “a much cheaper and much better option in many respects”.

Traikov said there was no political decision for the construction of a seventh reactor at Kozloduy yet but that this project can be taken up regardless of the fate of the controversial second nuclear plant at Belene.

“If we don’t build the Belene NPP, we are definitely going to speed up the construction of Unit 7 of the Kozloduy NPP,” he stated explicitly.

Traikov pointed out that the fate of the project for a second nuclear plant at Belene will be clear by the end of the second year of his term in office – the government would have found a strategic investor for it, or it will be a closed chapter.

The Economy Minister emphasized the fact that the Cabinet was conducting talks with neighboring countries to participate in the construction of the Belene nuclear power plant, and that Serbia has already expressed interest in participating and is considering investing a sum that will be about 1% of the total cost of the construction of the NPP.

He also announced that the government was going to select a financial consultant for Belene by the end of August. HSBC, Societe Generale, KPMG in a consortium with McGuire, Rotschild, Arjil, and Ernst&Young have applied in the tender to become financial consultants of the Belene NPP.

Traikov said only three of these companies have remained in the competition but refused to announce which ones.

The role of the financial consultant will be to come up with suggestions about the restructuring of the Belene project and draft criteria for the selection of a strategic foreign investor.

The Belene NPP construction was estimated by the former Bulgarian government to cost about EUR 4 B but the Borisov government forecasts it will cost about EUR 10 B. The previously selected strategic investor, the German company RWE, which was supposed to provide EUR 2 B for the construction in exchange for a 49% stake, pulled out of the project in the fall of 2009. The last two Bulgarian Cabinets have refused offers from Russian PM Vladimir Putin for a state loan.

The Borisov Cabinet has declared that it will go ahead with the construction of the Belene plant only if it finds a “strategic European investor.” The plant is to be constructed by the Russian state company Atomstroyexport, and is planned to have two 1000 MW reactors.

Only Units 5 and 6 (1000 MW each) of the Kozloduy NPP are in operation as Bulgaria closed the 440 MW units 1-4 in accordance with its EU accession treaty over international safety concerns.

Speaking on Monday, Economy Minister Traikov also announced that the government planned to build a storage facility for processed nuclear fuel at the Kozloduy NPP. In his words, the funding for the survey of the future construction of a nuclear waste site has almost been secured.

apa.az: SOCAR refutes reports about implementation of projects in Iraq

Baku. Rashad Suleymanov – APA. State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has refuted media reports about the implementation of projects in Iraq. Spokesman for SOCAR Nizameddin Guliyev told APA that the State Oil Company does not intend to implement projects in Iraq.
“SOCAR does not plan to implement any projects in Iraq in the near future,” he said.

According to some Azerbaijani media reports, SOCAR will participate in oil and gas projects in the north of Iraq – Mosul and Kirkuk. The reports underline that the company will also join social projects in Iraq.

trend.az: Nabucco consortium postpones pre-qualification tender

Nabucco gas pipeline consortium, designed to transport gas from the Caspian region and the Middle East to the EU countries, postponed the pre-qualification tender for the supply of pipes.  Bloomberg reported that with reference to the representative of the “Nabucco” project in Vienna Gabriele Egartner that the cause of delay was the large number of applications for participation in the tender.

“Now we have more participants than expected”, Egartner said.

She said that the tender will be continued, as soon as a list of contenders is checked.

The consortium announced about the beginning of the pre-qualification tender for the supply of durable goods (pipes, valves) for the construction of Nabucco gas pipeline in April. The total cost of the tender package is 3,5 billion euros.

One of the parties which declared its interest in participating in the tender was German company Europipe.

The Nabucco gas pipeline project worth 7.9 billion euro envisages gas supplies from the Caspian region to EU countries. Participants are the Austrian OMV, Hungarian MOL, Bulgarian Bulgargaz, Romanian Transgaz, Turkish Botas and German RWE. Each has an equal 16.67-percent share.

Construction is planned to launch in 2011, with first supplies being commissioned in 2014.

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