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RIA Novosti: Germany’s E.On may sell 3.5 pct stake in Gazprom for $4.5 bln – Kommersant

Germany’s E.On Ruhrgas, the main foreign shareholder in Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom, plans to sell its 3.5 percent stake in the gas giant to national development bank Vnesheconombank in December, Kommersant business daily reported on Wednesday, quoting sources familiar with the matter.

E.ON’s shareholding in Gazprom is currently estimated at $4.5 billion, proceeding from the value of Gazprom’s stock on the Russian RTS stock exchange on Tuesday. The parties expect the deal to be approved by Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel who will meet on Friday to discuss bilateral trade and economic cooperation, the paper said.

“The stake must be sold at a price slightly above the market value so that Gazprom’s capitalization is not affected,” a source close to E.On. said, adding that for this reason the stake could not be sold directly on the market or to outside parties.

Other sources familiar with the matter confirmed that Vnesheconombank, the holder of about two percent in Gazprom, was in talks on the issue.

The deal is expected to improve E.On’s financial position. E.On Chief Executive Officer Johannes Teyssen said earlier in November that the company planned to raise 15 billion euros in 2011-2013 from asset sales. China gas price still up in the air

ITAR TASS: Belarus fully complies with commitment of Russian oil transit

Belarus fully complies with its commitment of Russian oil transit, Belneftekhim press secretary Marina Kostyuchenko told Itar-Tass.

“Belarus fully complies with its commitment of Russian oil transit to the West. The Druzhba oil pipeline still has a potential, and transit may be enlarged,” she said, as a trial crude delivery was being made through the Odessa-Brody and Druzhba pipelines to the Mozyr refinery.

“The trial delivery is being done on schedule, and the pipeline operates smoothly,” she noted.

The Belarusian Petroleum Company said that the trial delivery, which started on Saturday, would last through the week. “The operation of pumps and the pipeline pressure were adjusted to ensure maximum security,” the company said.

The Odessa-Brody pipeline was started up in the direct mode on November 20 to bring crude to Mozyr. The pipeline is carrying Russian Urals-brand crude acquired from Venezuela in a swap deal.

The Belarusian Petroleum Company and Ukrtransnafta signed the crude transit agreement for the period through 2013 in October.

Novinite: Austria Shows Interest in Bulgaria’s Nuclear Plant Project

Austrian companies have shown interest in taking part in the project to build a second Bulgarian Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in the Danube town of Belene.

The information was reported Tuesday by Dr. Michael Angerer, Commercial Counsellor with Austrian Embassy in Bulgaria, during a conference dedicated to the competitiveness of Bulgaria’s economy.

Austrian businesses can become subcontracts in the construction, Angerer said, adding Austria is very interested and follows closely the development of the nuclear energy sector in countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Bulgaria.

According to the Austrian diplomat, the fact the new NPP will use secure standards is of major importance to Austrian investors.

In conclusion, Angerer reiterated the Austrian interest in participating in the development of Bulgaria’s energy sector.

Novinte: Serbia Confirms Interest in Bulgaria’s Nuclear Plant

Serbia has officially stated its interest in becoming one of the investors in Bulgaria’s project to build a second Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in the Danube town of Belene.

The official letter was sent to Bulgaria’s Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, from his Serbian counterpart, Mirko Cvetcovic.

In the letter, Cvetkovic voices the desire of the Serbian Energy Ministry to examine the documentation on the NPP. After that the Serbian side is to make the final decision on the country’s participation.

Borisov has ordered the Bulgarian Economy and Energy Ministry to provide the requested information ASAP.

About two weeks ago, the Serbian daily Blic wrote Serbia will attempt to increase its share in Bulgaria’s future Belene NPP from the initially proposed 1% to up to 5%.

Also then, Serbian Energy Minister, Petar Skundric, reiterated the country’s interest in the NNP, but also pointed out more time was needed in order to make a final decision. EU representative in Azerbaijan: Nabucco, ITGI are priority projects

The infrastructure for transporting gas to Europe under the second stage of development of the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz offshore gas condensate field must be ready by 2016-2017, head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, AmbassadorRoland Kobia said at a press conference today.

He added that the South Energy Corridor, including such projects as Nabucco, ITGI, TAP, and White Stream, is important for diversifying the EU’s gas supply sources and routes.

Nabucco and ITGI are priority projects for the EU, he said. More EU countries will be provided with gas only after these projects are implemented. Azerbaijan will be able to sell gas in large volumes.

Azerbaijan is considered the main supplier of gas under the South Energy Corridor projects. The country will act not only as an exporting country, but also as a country transiting gas from third countries. Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan are among these countries, he said.

He stressed that Azerbaijan, as well as Europe, is interested in diversifying gas supply routes. This will allow the country to sell gas at higher prices, as Russia does now.

Russia is a strategic partner of Europe, he said, noting that the EU is a major buyer of Russian gas. However, the EU and other suppliers have the right to hold talks to realize new projects, he said.

He added that the EU stands against a monopoly in any sphere, particularly the energy sector. There is a competition even among projects in the South Energy Corridor because each company-participant can independently negotiate and implement projects, he said. “Italy is interested in purchasing Azerbaijan’s gas through TGI pipeline”

“Italy is interested in purchasing Azerbaijan`s gas through the TGI (Turkey-Greece-Italy) pipeline”, according to Italian ambassador to Azerbaijan Mario Baldi.

The diplomat said Italy was holding talks with Azeri, Turkish and Greek partners.

“Italian delegation led by Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Alfredo Mantica will visit Baku in the near future to discuss this issue”, said the ambassador. Black fuel reserves in Azerbaijan make up 338,300 tons

As at 1 November 2010 Azerbaijan had 338,300 tons of black fuel reserves.

This is a decrease by 0.8% than in the same period of 2009, according to the report of the State Statistical Committee.

The main volume of reserves is concentrated at the enterprises of Azerenerji and enterprises on provision of gas and water-up to 95% of black fuel reserves. Since 2007 Azerbaijan has cut import of Russian gas, which causes the need to raise production and reserves of black fuel for local power stations.

As at 1 November 2009, the black fuel reserves in Azerbaijan made up 340,900 tons.

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