revista presei pe energie 28 octombrie – part II

2010/10/28

ITAR TASS: Azarov urges RF, EU to determine forecast gas transit for 20 years

Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov has urged Russia and the EU to jointly determine the forecast for gas transit for the period of 20 years via the territory of Ukraine.

Speaking at a government session on Wednesday, Azarov said, “Tripartite cooperation will be fruitful if we determine gas consumption and supplies for 20 years. Then we’ll know where to move and where to invest.”

The European Commission supported Ukraine’s initiative on gas cooperation with Russia within the tripartite format, the prime minister said.

In his opinion, such work “will guarantee uninterrupted Russian gas supplies”. Azarov said, “The authorities and Ukraine’s legislation guarantee that no gas problems will repeat in the future.”

At the same time, he said the 2009 Russian-Ukrainian agreement on gas supplies would not meet Ukraine’s legislation.

Commenting on the upcoming session of the Russian-Ukrainian inter-governmental committee on economic cooperation, Azarov said, “We are also planning to discuss the gas market problems. We’ve told Russian colleagues that the existing agreement cannot meet our interests.”

“The market realities changed that is why the basic formula is needed to be revised,” the prime minister said on Wednesday.

He recalled that Ukraine had approved a law on the gas market. This has changed the international and internal legal framework, he said. “Thus, the agreement, which was signed under the previous rule, does not meet Ukraine’s legislation,” the Ukrainian prime minister stressed. He is convinced that the parties “should search for compromises”. “I’m sure that we’ll find a compromise,” he added.

Azarov said 12 drafts had been prepared for the session. “Today we’ll begin turning cooperation plans into concrete agreements,” the prime minister said.

Earlier, Ukrainian First Vice Prime Minister Andrei Kluyev said Kiev ruled out a possibility of any problems with Russian gas transit to Europe in view of the talks with Russia on energy prices. “I believe that we celebrate New Year calmly and in warm houses.”

“We make Russian gas supplies to Europe reliable. We are reliable partners,” the Ukrainian first vice-prime minister added.

In his words, the country is ready for the heating season as a whole.

The first vice-prime minister said, “It is evident that the inter-governmental commission will meet and discuss gas prices, as well as the change of its formula.”

According to Kluyev, the session will also focus on about 10 documents. The first vice-prime minister said he would fly to Russia to discuss preparations for the commission’s session.

The session will touch on cooperation in the energy sector, Azarov said.

“The Russian-Ukrainian Economic Cooperation Committee will hold a session in Kiev on October 27, which will be mostly focused on cooperation in the energy sector,” Azarov said.

“Now our country guarantees reliable transit of Russian energy resources to Europe,” Azarov said.

He recalled that during his recent visit to Brussels he had discussed joint energy projects with representatives of the European Union. “The European Commission approved of our proposal for holding a trilateral meeting with Ukraine, the EU and Russia and defined its date,” Azarov said.

According to the prime minister, the two sides plan to discuss the upgrading of the Ukrainian gas transport system.

According to Ukraine’s Fuel and Energy Ministry, state-run company Nuclear Fuel and Russia’s nuclear fuel producer Tvel are expected to sign an agreement on the construction of a nuclear fuel production plant in Ukraine. Another joint project in the nuclear power sector is Russia’s participation in the construction of the third and fourth nuclear power units of the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant.

Ukraine’s Industrial Policy Ministry said the state-owned aircraft building corporation Antonov and Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation are expected to sign an agreement on creating a joint venture.

After the committee’s meeting Russia and Ukraine plan to sign intergovernmental agreements on interregional and border cooperation and on cooperation in air and sea rescue works in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

According to Ukraine’s state statistics committee, in the eight months trade turnover between the two countries increased by 81.1 percent to 21.3 billion dollars as against the same period in 2009.

Ukraine’s export to Russia increased by 70.3 percent to exceed 8 billion dollars. The import from Russia grew by 88.9 percent to 13.1 billion dollars. At the same time a negative balance of Ukraine’s trade increased by more than two-fold.

ITAR TASS: Russia, Ukraine to discuss new approaches on gas market

Russian-Ukrainian gas relations will be high on the agenda of the meeting of the intergovernmental committee for economic cooperation that will be co-chaired by the two countries’ prime ministers Vladimir Putin and Nikolai Azarov.

At the talks Ukraine wants to raise issues related to the agreement on Russian gas supplies of January 2009 and to discuss “new approaches to the work on the gas market in the Ukraine-Russia-EU format,” the Ukrainian prime minister’s spokesman, Vitaly Lukyanenko, told Itar-Tass.

The countries prepared eleven documents for signing, but how many will be signed will be known only after the meeting, he said.

According to Ukraine’s Fuel and Energy Ministry, state-run company Nuclear Fuel and Russia’s nuclear fuel producer Tvel are expected to sign an agreement on the construction of a nuclear fuel production plant in Ukraine. Another joint project in the nuclear power sector is Russia’s participation in the construction of the third and fourth nuclear power units of the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant.

Ukraine’s Industrial Policy Ministry said the state-owned aircraft building corporation Antonov and Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation are expected to sign an agreement on creating a joint venture.

After the committee’s meeting Russia and Ukraine plan to sign intergovernmental agreements on interregional and border cooperation and on cooperation in air and sea rescue works in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

According to Ukraine’s state statistics committee, over the eight months bilateral trade increased by 81.1 percent to 21.3 billion dollars as against the same period in 2009.

Ukraine’s export to Russia increased by 70.3 percent to exceed 8 billion dollars. The import from Russia grew by 88.9 percent to 13.1 billion dollars. At the same time a negative balance of Ukraine’s trade increased by more than two-fold.

RIA Novosti: Russia, Ukraine to sign oil transit agreement within month

Russia and Ukraine will sign an agreement on oil transit via the Ukrainian pipeline system within a month, Ukraine’s Fuel and Energy Minister Yuri Boyko said on Wednesday.

The agreement will regulate tariffs and guarantees for oil transit across Ukraine. Earlier on Wednesday, the parties initialed the agreement despite some media reports that the deal would not be signed.

“If we are technically prepared, we are negotiating with our partners an increase in oil transit to 25 million tons and the agreement is intended for five years,” he said.

centralasianewswire.com: European Union is a natural strategic partner for Kazakhstan

The reception of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev during his European tour this week demonstrates that Europe and Central Asia’s largest economy are serious about joining forces.

During Nazarbayev’s trip, European Commission (EC) President Jose Manuel Barroso announced in Brussels that the 27-nation European Union (EU) is going to initiate talks with Astana to create a more comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA).

Barroso also said EU members had already launched negotiations among themselves about the initial terms of the mandate they would offer Kazakhstan and hope to begin negotiating with Kazakhstan within two or three months.

The European Commission in Brussels and the EU member states consensus system of decision-making are legendary for how slowly they act. So the fact that Barroso and the member states appear determined to fast-track the start of negotiations with Kazakhstan indicates they are not only serious but enthusiastic about reaching a new agreement.

Also on Tuesday, Kazakhstan committed to a declaration of intent with the European Investment Bank to help finance a new batch of energy-development projects.

The enthusiasm of the EU and its member nations for closer ties with Kazakhstan is obvious: The Europeans want more access to the energy reserves and economic opportunities of the fastest growing economy in Central Asia.

“The EU is the largest foreign investor in Kazakhstan. Two- thirds of this investment goes to the field of energy,” Barroso noted.

Western Europe, especially its leading Western nations of Germany, France, Britain, Spain and Italy, are also of growing importance to the Kazakhs. They offer all the advantages of superpower support without the complications that accompany such support from Russia, America or China.

The Europeans are particularly attractive partners for Kazakhstan because they focus on economic relations and “soft” cultural and diplomatic ties. They do not seek military bases. And although Britain, the Netherlands and Germany have had small military contingents operating in Afghanistan alongside U.S. forces under a NATO umbrella, none of the three governments are enthusiastic about their involvement and all of them are looking to implement exit strategies as quickly as they tactfully can.

The Kazakhs also remain eager to pursue their “multi-vector” diplomacy which balances relations with a variety of sometimes opposing nations. They already have become adept at balancing diplomatic and security relations with Russia, while attracting billions of dollars of investment from East Asia, primarily China. And they seek to stay out of the continuing Great Game for geopolitical influence across the Asian heartland between the United States and Russia.

Europe is also a natural partner for Kazakhstan as Kazakhstan has a long-track record as the most tolerant and open society in Central Asia. Their slow but very real moves toward openness and the creation of grassroots-based, non-governmental organizations contrasts favorably with the far more repressive governments of their neighbors.

Though Kyrgyzstan has moved further towards democracy, its much-heralded first full parliamentary democratic elections this month returned a divided handful of parties and disenfranchised nearly 60 percent of voters as a result of arcane election regulations.

The Kazakhs, therefore, do not feel threatened by stronger cultural, as well as trade and diplomatic, ties with European nations. They welcome them as a counterbalance to Russian and Chinese influence, and as a strong pull in the direction they want their own society to go.

Also, European cultural and political influences are far less overwhelming than American ones are often perceived to be.

Closer relations with Europe are less likely to provoke hostile reactions from Russia, China and Iran than would closer relations with the United States.

Finally, the Kazakhs share the enthusiasm of the Europeans for completing the Nabucco pipeline across Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to the Mediterranean. The European hunger for Caspian Basin energy is only going to grow in the coming decades, and EU leaders want to diversify the export routes of oil and gas to break the historic Russian monopoly on Central Asian exports to the West.

That is why, as Barroso said Tuesday, “The European Union also fully supports Kazakhstan’s accession to the World Trade Organization.” He said Kazakh accession to the WTO would be highly beneficial for EU nations and for global trade in general.

“I am, therefore, looking forward to progress on the Kazakh side. We on our part want to conclude the bilateral negotiations, on which we have made progress, as soon as possible,” said the EC president.

For all these reasons, expect fast progress on completing the negotiations for the new EU-Kazakh PCA.

The enthusiasm for closer ties is real on both sides. Astana and the nations of Western Europe want to engage the world the same way.

centralasianewswire.com: ExxonMobil returns to Turkmenistan after 8-year hiatus

U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil has returned to Turkmenistan after an eight-year hiatus citing a favorable investment climate and a resolve to tap the world’s “fastest growing fuel.”

Reopening the firm’s office in the capital city Ashgabat was also due to the republic’s large resources of independently confirmed hydrocarbons and its advantageous geographical location, the Russian Itar-Tass news agency reported ExxonMobil Upstream Ventures president Rob Franklin as saying.

Joerg Weller, the general manager of ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Turkmenistan Ventures, spoke of Turkmenistan’s great potential to be a regional energy bastion. The Central Asian republic sits on the world’s fourth largest natural gas reserves.

“Turkmenistan has great potential to be a regional energy and economic leader given its abundance of natural gas, which is the fastest growing fuel around the world,” the Reuters news agency Wednesday quoted Weller as saying in a statement.

In a meeting with Rob Franklin on Tuesday, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov “stressed the great potential for partnership with this company,” the official Neutral Turkmenistan daily reported on the same day.

“The huge experience of ExxonMobil could be successfully used in geological exploration and development of Turkmen hydrocarbon reserves on the Caspian Sea shelf, and in oil processing,” Reuters on Wednesday reported the Turkmen president as saying.

ExxonMobil had wound up its Turkmen operation in March 2002 after running offices in Ashgabat and the city of Balkanabad since 1998 as it developed the Garashsyzlyk-2 oil deposits in the west of the country.

The energy company cited economic considerations as the reason for leaving their Turkmen operations.

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