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Turkey’s electricity consumption collapses 17% in May

2 June 2020

Some analysts see indicator as more reliable than GDP, industrial output and PMI data when it comes to assessing extent of industrial activity in country.

Malta seizes $1.1bn worth of “counterfeit” Libyan dinars printed by Russian state-owned company

1 June 2020

The US State Department has announced that Malta seized $1.1bn worth of “counterfeit” Libyan dinars that were travelling by ship to the Libyan parallel government and were printed by the Russian state-owned company Goznak.

Trump Towers Istanbul partner ‘lobbied White House for vast expansion of US-Turkey trade’

29 May 2020

News service uses documents deposited by PR firm to reveal Mehmet Ali Yalcindag’s activities. Now head of Turkey-US Business Council, the businessman, once called a “close friend” by Donald Trump, is pushing to build up agriculture and LNG shipments.

Czech utility CEZ to expand nuclear plant with state support

28 May 2020

New block at the Dukovany nuclear power plant is expected to come online in 2036.

US pulls waivers on civilian nuclear cooperation with Iran

28 May 2020

Move means Washington has scrapped last remnants of 2015 nuclear deal that it was tolerating. Tehran says move is “desperate” and designed to distract from the failure of the Trump administration’s policy on the Islamic Republic.

For first time Turkey’s LNG imports outstrip pipeline gas imports

28 May 2020

Gas delivered via pipelines from Russia and Iran down 72% y/y and 33% y/y in March. US expanding shipments of liquefied natural gas amid glut as spot prices fall.

Romania to break nuke plant expansion agreement with Chinese partner

27 May 2020

State-controlled nuclear energy producer Nuclearelectrica will begin talks to terminate the agreement signed with China's CGN on the construction of two new reactors at the Cernavoda.

NRG: Signs of cautious optimism

26 May 2020

Producers and investors remain cautious, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect energy demand, but are starting to plan for the post-crisis period.

No intervention from US as Iranian fuel relief tanker docks in Venezuela

25 May 2020

Venezuelan state TV airs pictures of officials celebrating arrival. Four more tankers still en route. Trump official slams “Maduro's expensive deals with another pariah state".

Russia’s leading petrochemical company Sibur raises $208mn with bonds issue at record low yields

22 May 2020

Russia’s leading petrochemical producer Sibur Holding successfully closed the order book for its BO-01 and BO-02 exchange-traded bond issues, worth RUB10bn ($139mn) and RUB5bn ($69mn) respectively, the company announced on May 21.

US ire on horizon as Venezuelan navy told to escort Iranian tankers bringing fuel relief

21 May 2020

White House officials loathe to see one Trump-sanctioned nation coming to the assistance of another, especially in a presidential election year.

Borealis pulls out of $6.8bn plan to build petrochemical plant in Kazakhstan

20 May 2020

Austrian company cites COVID-19 uncertainties. Move is a blow to Kazakh plans to use vast gas reserves to make more value-added products. Nur-Sultan already struggling with oil price crisis.

Gazprom starts designing $20bn gas pipeline to China

19 May 2020

Russia’s Gazprom is pushing ahead with plans to build a second major gas pipeline to China.

NRG: A slow and painful recovery

19 May 2020

The market may be showing early signs of a recovery, but for many oil and gas companies, the worst is still to come

TEHRAN BLOG: Trump frets as Iranian fuel tanker steams to Venezuela

15 May 2020

Maduro said to be paying Tehran in bars of gold for gasoline to relieve acute shortages. US president—needing a foreign policy victory such as the dislodging of the strongman ahead of his re-election bid—is reportedly considering his options.

ZapSib cushions the blow of the coronavirus crisis to Sibur’s 1Q20 results

14 May 2020

Leading Russian petrochemical company Sibur's revenues were down 7.8% year on year due to falling prices in ruble terms caused by the current economic crisis, but the newly completed ZapSib facility has cushioned the blow.

INTERVIEW: Bakhtiyor Fazilov, major shareholder in Uzbek drilling company ERIELL Group and Enter Engineering

7 May 2020

ERIELL also one of three major independent drilling companies in Russia. Well construction and overhaul services provided to top oil and gas companies. Enter Engineering has important role in Uzbekistan’s COVID-19 response.

Poland signs contract with Italy’s Saipem to lay Baltic Pipe

4 May 2020

The €2.1bn Baltic Pipe will carry gas from the Norwegian Sea via Denmark to Poland, starting in 2022. Poland needs the pipeline to reduce its dependence on Russian gas imports.

Mongolia scraps $3bn IPO for shares in flagship coal mine

29 April 2020

Decision made amid pandemic disruption to financial markets and with one eye on vote-shifting distrust of foreign investors ahead of elections.

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