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Ukraine

Oil & Gas

Shell to consider pulling out of Ukraine

Oil major Shell is said to be considering whether to pull the plug on its last exploration well in Ukraine. The move is being considered as the project has been on hold for almost a year, due to the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Ukranian forces.

Oil & Gas

Ukraine requests to triple gas import from Russia

The Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Ukraine has requested one billion cubic metres of gas imports from Russia this month. It would treble the amount received in March and comes after Naftogaz and Russia’s Gazprom signed an interim deal for cheaper supplies of gas from Russia. The deal, which is expected to last three month, could help provide some time as both country’s debate energy costs.

Oil & Gas

JKX Oil and Gas launches arbitration proceedings against Ukraine

JKX Oil and Gas has started arbitration proceedings against Ukraine under the Energy Charter Treaty for $180million in rental fees. The company, and its wholly owned Ukrainian and Dutch subsidiaries, are seeking compensation for the losses they have suffered from the country’s “treaty violations”. JKX Oil and Gas claims this includes Ukraine’s “failure” to treat JKX’s investments in a sufficient manner and “failing to comply” with commitments made by the country.

Oil & Gas

Russian stocks and ruble advance on oil amid Ukraine peace talks

Russian stocks gained for a fifth day and the ruble strengthened after oil’s biggest weekly advance in four years and as talks on a ceasefire in Ukraine continued. The Micex Index of stocks rose 2% to reach the highest level since April 2011 with food retailer Magnit leading the advance. The ruble jumped 2% against the dollar. Government bonds climbed after central bank governor Elvira Nabiullina said policy makers are unlikely to reverse last month’s surprise interest rate cut. Russian assets have been pummeled by falling oil prices and intensifying fighting in Ukraine. Today’s rebound follows a rally in the price of Brent and the prospect for a lasting agreement to end the fighting.

Oil & Gas

JKX Oil and Gas hits gas in Ukraine

JKX Oil and Gas has reported successful test results from its Elizavetovskoye field in Ukraine. Well E-303 was drilled to a total depth of 4,406metres and initially completed in the G7-12 sandstone reservoirs only. Following additional perforations in the shallower A2 carbonate reservoir and acid treatment, co-mingled production with the G7-12 sandstone reservoirs was 5.21 MMcfd of gas and 18 bpd of condensate through a 48/64-inch choke with a flowing wellhead pressure of 505 psi.

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Oil, the ruble and Putin are all headed for 63

Heard the one about Vladimir Putin, the oil price and the ruble’s value against the dollar? They will all hit 63 next year. That’s the joke doing the rounds of the Kremlin as the Russian government digs in to weather international sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. According to at least five people close to Putin, pressure from the US and Europe is galvanizing Russians to withstand a siege on their economy. The black humor is part of an image of defiance not seen since the Cold War. As the economy enters its first recession in more than five years, the ruble depreciates to records and money exits the country, Putin’s supporters are closing ranks and say he’s sure to run for another six-year term in 2018.

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Putin: Peace in Ukraine is possible

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he believes peace in Ukraine is possible but that neither side is fully upholding a peace deal struck in September. In an interview with German television, Mr Putin said he is convinced it is possible to end the deadlock in east Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels have been battling Kiev’s troops in a conflict that has claimed at least 3,500 lives since March. But he also said that neither the rebels nor Ukrainian troops had fully withdrawn from key locations in the region to create a buffer zone, a key part of a truce deal agreed to in September.

Oil & Gas

Ukrainian experts find way out of energy crisis

In search of a way out of the energy crisis, Ukrainian experts claim to have found the solution - hydropower. The auxiliary resource has been successfully compensating the increasing energy demand triggered by the lack of power capacity and fuel in the past months. High liquidity and sustainability were identified as some of the major advantages of hydroelectric energy. “Prior to the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in the east of the country and before the problems with energy supply, hydroelectric power stations produced electricity primarily during peak demand,” said the director general of Ukraine’s largest hydropower company, Ukrhydroenergo, Ihor Syrota.