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Sergey Merzlyakov Member of SIBUR LLC Management Board Vice President, Managing director, Plastics and Organic Synthesis Business Unit

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Gas processing and production of petrochemicals


Kenyan Oil, Hot and Getting Hotter: Interview with Taipan's Maxwell Birley

Kenya has become the hottest oil and gas venue in East Africa since big discoveries were made in the country's virgin oilfields last April. All eyes are on Kenya in 2013 to see how quickly--and economically they can develop those discoveries into production.


Sector focus: Pump Primed

Peter Ward finds that the Middle East's upstream pumps sector is renewing its focus on efficiency.


SoloPower's Second Generation Flexible Modules Certified to UL and IEC Standards, Marking World-Class Technological Achievement

CEO and President & Chief Commercial Officer to Speak at Intersolar North America, Where SoloPower Will Showcase Newly Certified SoloPanels(R) and Pioneering Installation Solutions


Ukraine – Oil and Gas potential is large – A market for minor and medium sized oil and gas companies to explore and produce?

Ukraine represent a market for minor to medium sized oil and gas companies as no major international player has made permanent presence there yet in the exploration or production phase


Integra improves the terms of its credit facility with VTB Bank (Deutschland) AG

Integra Group (LSE: INTE), a leading independent provider of diversified oilfield services, and VTB Bank (Deutschland) AG increased their existing term loan facility with permitted reborrowings from US$50 million to US$100 million and extended the tenor by 5 years. Furthermore, the company benefits from improved pricing terms.


6 Energy Experts Address the Economic Impact of Middle East Unrest

With instability in the Middle East driving oil prices higher PCI offers six informed perspectives on what to expect in the days, weeks and months ahead.


Kazakhstan: the new “Great Game” in Central Asia

In the whole 19th century, Central Asia was in the heart of a complex geostrategic game which saw strong rivalries and conflicts between the British and the Russian Empires for supremacy in Central Asia.


Iraq offers new business opportunities

Doors of opportunity have been flung open on Iraq's collossal upstream developments.


March OPEC Oil Output Fell to 27.98 Mil. Barrels Per Day

The 12 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) pumped an average 27.98 million barrels per day (b/d) in March, as the oil producer group continued its efforts to slash oversupply and prevent oil prices falling further, according to a Platts survey of OPEC, oil industry officials and analysts just released. This is down 90,000 b/d down from February’ s 28.07 million b/d.




Platts Poll: Energy Community Expresses Confidence That Stimulus Package Will Drive Energy Investment Respondents Also Expect Greater Energy Regulation President Obama’s economic stimulus package, passed by the US House of Representatives on Wednesday, will likely result in substantial improvements in US energy infrastructure, according to most of the 340 respondents to a poll of Platts webinar participants representing the energy industry, government, and energy-focused consulting, law firms and media.


Are 1998 Echoes Haunting Russia?

The Russian stock market last week saw its most severe decline since the shattering economic collapse of 1998, after suffering the lethal combination of worldwide financial mayhem, falling commodity prices and a local credit crunch.


Kalmykia: Russia's new oil and gas Klondike

What does a common person know about Kalmykia? Steppes in the south of Russia, Buddhism. Also the name of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who tries to lift the republic’s economy, sounds familiar for many people. However, today this region, alongside with our northern areas, can become oil-and-gas Klondike… Kalmykia’s leader Kirsan Ilyumzhinov during his visit in Moscow made a report on oil and gas exploration works in republic.


What's gonna happen to the Russia's oil fleet?

Russia’s foreign partners should expect essential expansion of Russian fleet soon, and, consequently, an increase of export supplies, according to Braemar Seascope group’s experts. The global demand for oil and petroleum products is on its ever-high level now, and it keeps growing.


Russia comes back to Vietnam: Strike oil

The Russian oil firms will construct petroleum refineries in Vietnam. It is conventional, that the aggressive protectionist policy and a policy of the trading wars, held by the western countries right after The Great depression (1929–1933), not only became the reason of an economic collapse, furthermore: it led to the war.


A Look Back at 2003

What a year! Crude oil futures prices, as measured by the Nymex front-month West Texas Intermediate (WTI) contract, traded at a $12.59 per barrel range in 2003. What's more, the range was covered in just six weeks, going from a high of $37.


Is OPEC good for Nigeria?

The recent OPEC decision to cut oil production is bound to raise the issue of Nigeria's commitment to the oil cartel once more. Critics have long argued that Abuja's stance in maintaining the rigid quotas enforced by the Vienna-based group is not always in the national interest.


A Mystery to the West

The forcible actions taken against the YUKOS company, which was already preparing to join the ranks of transnational corporations, cannot fail to shock Western society. Senior executives of a large company - a company the West had been accustomed to consider a model of new, civilized ways of doing business in Putin's Russia - have suddenly been sent to the Matrosskaya Tishina prison.


Russian Oil Major Becomes International

Last week, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the head of Yukos, announced that his company will become the first Russian company which will be transformed into a truly international major. All of Yuko?s activities are now being directed towards this goal.


New Opportunities In Libya

Talks last week in London between Libya, the United States of America and the UK seemed have paved the way for the complete lifting of UN sanctions against Libya if the country will accept full responsibility for the Lockerbie airliner bombing.