Gazprom Export News http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/?rss=1 Gazprom Export News Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:00:00 +0400 gazpromexport en «Blue Corridor-2017» LNGV Rally Kicks Off in Lisbon Late September http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1943/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1943/ The 11th annual NGV Rally «Blue Corridor 2017: Iberia-Baltia» will start its engines in late September 2017 in Lisbon. This time the participants will drive on liquefied natural gas (LNG). This aims to highlight the growing importance of LNG use for new applications, especially as a fuel for heavy duty on-road transport.

The Rally will drive through Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia to finish in the city of Saint Petersburg. The festive finish will be collocated with the 7th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.

The round tables along the Rally’s route are planned to take place. Their aim is introducing multiple benefits of LNG as a fuel for transport to politicians, automakers, equipment manufacturers, transportation and logistics companies as well industry experts and journalists. LNG offers an ideal combination of environmental and economic bonuses, allowing to save fuel costs and meet emission standards.

«International experience convincingly proves that in the mid-term future, LNG will remain the only feasible alternative to diesel for heavy duty vehicles to efficiently and economically meet environmental challenges», — said Eugene Pronin, Gazprom Export’s Rally coordinator.

The Blue Corridor Rally was originated by Gazprom Group in 2008. Since then several prominent European gas and auto-market stake holders joined the project, expanding this branded event internationally. During the recent decade of the Blue Corridor project over 150 factory built natural gas vehicles have driven over 40,000 kilometers across 22 European countries from Yekaterinburg to Brussels and from Helsinki to Sochi.

The rally is traditionally coordinated by Gazprom Export LLC and Uniper SE (former part of E.ON).

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First regasification unit for Russian LNG commissioned in Astana http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1932/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1932/ The Global Gas Group has put into operation the first LNG regasification unit in Astana. The unit called Turan is using Russian fuel produced by Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg and supplied under the contract with Gazprom Export by road transport.

The capacity of the Turan unit amounts to 25 Gcal/h, which allows to supply heat for premises of 500 thousand square meters.

“Today we are commissioning the new source of gas supplies on the basis of innovative LNG technology, which allows to substantially decrease harmful emissions compared to coal and diesel — by 70-90%. We will implement all the planned projects and will be able to solve the issue of emissions reduction in Astana”, — akim of Kazakhstan’s capital Aset Isekeshev said during the ceremony of the regasification unit’s commissioning.

The first site to use Russian LNG is the Nazarbayev University in Astana. The institution is supplied with gas from the Turan regasification unit via the dedicated 5 kilometers-long underground pipeline.

It is planned that in the future Russian LNG will be used for gasification of further sites of the Kazakhstan’s capital.

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Gazprom Export and Georgian party have agreed on transit terms http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1921/ Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1921/ 2017-2018 in the volume of 2.0 — 2.2 bcm per year as well as supplying Georgia with natural gas on flexible terms.]]> Gazprom Export and Georgian party have reached an agreement on terms of Russian gas transit to Armenia through Georgia. In particular the parties agreed on shifting to currency transactions when paying for gas transit services.

In accordance with the reached agreement, the Russian side guarantees paying for services of transiting Russian gas through the Georgian territory to Armenia in 2017-2018 in the volume of 2.0 — 2.2 bcm per year as well as supplying Georgia with natural gas on flexible terms at the price which is by $30 per 1000 cubic meters lower than in 2016.

„As a result of series of meetings and longstanding negotiations, together with our Georgian partners we have managed to find commercial conditions which are optimal for both sides, and to reach an agreement on the terms of gas transit”, — Director General of Gazprom Export LLC Elena Burmistrova said.
 

Background

Gas transit from Russia to Armenia is carried out via the territory of Georgia. Earlier the services of transiting gas via the territory of Georgia were paid in kind, by physical supplies equivalent to 10% of natural gas transported through Georgia to Georgian consumers
In the global gas trade the practice of paying for transit with commodity has not been used for many years already. The Russian side offered its Georgian partners to shift to cash transactions based on rates which are used in the EU countries.
 

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A meeting between Gazprom Export and Georgian partners took place http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1919/ Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1919/ A meeting between Director General of Gazprom Export LLC Elena Burmistrova and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy of Georgia Kakha Kaladze took place on January 10, 2017, in Minsk. The terms of gas transit to Armenia through the territory of Georgia, as well as gas supplies to Georgia were discussed at the meeting.

“Gazprom Export made to the Georgian side a package proposal based on favourable and mutually beneficial conditions, which will provide the Georgian side with a guaranteed income flow from gas transit services and increase the security of gas supply of Georgia”, — Director General of Gazprom Export LLC Elena Burmistrova said.
 

Background

Gas transit from Russia to Armenia is carried out via the territory of Georgia. Earlier the services of transiting gas via the territory of Georgia were paid in kind, by physicalsupplies equivalent to 10% of natural gas transported through Georgia to Georgian consumers
In the global gas trade the practice of paying for transit with commodity has not been used for many years already. The Russian side offered its Georgian partners to shift to cash transactions based on rates which are used in the EU countries.
 

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Gazprom sets new records in daily gas supplies to Europe http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1918/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1918/ Gazprom on 8 January achieved a new — by now this year’s third historical record of daily natural gas supplies to Far Abroad countries — 621.8 mcm, the company informed. Importantly, the peak of supplies was reached on Sunday, when foreign customers’ consumption usually declines to the week’s lowest indicators. The previous record — 615.5 mcm of gas per day — was set on 6 January.

In addition, for five days in a row (4-8 January) deliveries via Nord Stream have been performed on the level of 165.2 mcm per day, which exceeds the design capacity of the pipeline by 10%.

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First ever contract for export of Russian LNG to Kazakhstan is signed http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1916/ Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1916/ Gazprom Export and Global Gas Regazification, the company of Global Gas Group, signed the first ever contract for supply small scale LNG by road transport from Russia to Kazakhstan.

The first LNG cargo will be delivered in December this year. All in all more than 5000 tons of LNG, produced by Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg, will be exported to Kazakhstan in 2017.

The first site to use Russian LNG is a university in Astana. It is planned that in the future this energy source will be used for gasification of further sites of the Kazakhstan’s capital.

«More active use of natural gas — the most eco-friendly fossil fuel — in big cities is a reasonable trend. I am pleased to note that in addition to the existing cooperation in the pipeline gas trade we are now opening a new chapter in the energy partnership of Russia and Kazakhstan. I am sure that the contract signed will allow us to lay a solid foundation for development of further cooperation in the field of small scale LNG supplies», — Director General of Gazprom Export Elena Burmistrova said.

«The complex gasification program of Astana and North regions of Kazakhstan based on liquefied natural gas emerged on the basis of the President’s instruction and the corresponding decision of the government of Kazakhstan. It’s important to note that the support of Mayor’s office of Astana, Ministry for investments and development of Kazakhstan and other authorities as well as our Russian partners — Gazprom Export and Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg, which believed in the initiative of the young and dynamic company, has played a significant role in the pilot project’s implementation. We believe that, despite its innovative nature, the project will rapidly develop and make the most of the huge potential of our countries’ cooperation and supplying people with such an eco-friendly, commercially efficient and convenient fuel as natural gas», — Director General of Global Gas Group Oleg Goncharov noted.

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Global natural gas demand will grow by 50% by 2040 — IEA http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1900/ Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1900/ Global natural gas demand will grow by 50% in the next 25 years, forecasts the International Energy Agency in its latest World Energy Outlook. Annual growth averages for natural gas over this period will be 1.5% which is significantly above expected growth rates for other fossil fuels.

The implementation of the Paris climate agreement, which is about curbing CO2 and other GHG emissions to limit global warming averages below 2° C, will bring significant contribution to the transformation of the energy sector, — believes the IEA. According to analysts, stricter limitations on emissions will result in an increase of shares of both renewables and natural gas which is the cleanest fossil fuel.

“We see clear winners for the next 25 years — natural gas but especially wind and solar — replacing the champion of the previous 25 years, coal,” said Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director.

According to the IEA, gas consumption is predicted to increase almost everywhere with China and Middle East to become global demand growth drivers.

The IEA predicts a greater role of LNG in the global gas trade. This growth will be fueled by the expansion of floating storage and regasification units on new smaller LNG markets. The share of new consumers in the global LNG trade will grow from 42% in 2014 to 53% in 2040.

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Natural gas as a motor fuel is essential to achieve Germany’s energy policy goals http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1877/ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1877/ On the sidelines of the season finale of the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) in Hockenheim, Gazprom Germania and Audi jointly held an energy conference that focused on the contribution which natural gas, biomethane and synthetic, renewable methane can make towards the success of Germany’s energy transformation. According to invited experts from the worlds of business, academics and the media, policymakers in Germany pay scant attention to these low-carbon, methane-containing energy sources. Participants concluded that electromobility alone will not be enough to achieve the energy transformation in the transportation sector.

Сurrently Germany is not achieving its climate protection goals, warned Dr Timm Kehler from the Initiative Zukunft ERDGAS e.V., a German association promoting natural gas as a motor fuel. He said this was primarily due to the insufficient measures in mobility sector. He also pointed out that in 2016 there were fewer new registrations of CNG vehicles in Germany than in the preceding years. «In order to make up for lost ground and still achieve the climate protection goals in the future, it is necessary to take action aimed at raising the attractiveness of natural gas as a fuel», Kehler concluded.

Matthias Maedge, General Secretary of the International Specialist Association NGVA Europe, stressed: if fair market conditions are created, by 2030 around 20 per cent of all newly registered vehicles in Europe will be operated with natural gas. He mentioned that in the EU natural gas is still an «unloved child» because when it comes to sustainability the focus is almost exclusively on electromobility.

Kurt Sigl, President of the German Federal Association eMobilität e.V. aimed at the promotion of e-mobility, also underlined the advantages of a wider use of natural gas. He reminded that «we all have the same objective» and called for closer cooperation between all participants in order to achieve a significant reduction in CO2 (carbon dioxide) and NOX (nitrogen oxide) emissions.

The participants agreed on the necessity of a prompt clarification of the legal framework in order to grant equal conditions to all alternative fuel types. «Policymakers should recognize the indispensable role that natural gas can play in the success of the energy transformation, also in the transport sector, and create a level playing field for all alternative fuels,» emphasized Uwe Johann, Managing Director of Gazprom NGV Europe.

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Gazprom sets records in daily gas exports to Europe http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1876/ Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1876/ st October supplies to Europe amounted to 590 bcm. The previous record of Gazprom’s export supplies had been established during the bitter frosts of January 2008.]]> Last week Gazprom set absolute daily records of natural gas supplies to far abroad countries. Highest export volumes were recorded in several consecutive days: on 18th October European consumers purchased 578.9 bcm of gas, while on 21st October supplies to Europe amounted to 590 bcm. The previous record of Gazprom’s export supplies had been established during the bitter frosts of January 2008.

«Winter has not yet begun, but demand for Russian gas is so high as if severe frosts set in Europe. This is a further proof that Russian gas is competitive and highly sought energy source on the European market. That the new gas transit routes for reliable supplies — the Nord Stream 2 and the TurkStream — are needed by foreign consumers», — Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee said.

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Gazprom Export’s third gas auction successfully completed http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1864/ Mon, 05 Sep 2016 11:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1864/ The third gas auction of Gazprom Export LLC for gas supply to Europe, with bidding sessions held from August 31st to September 2nd, is completed. The auction mechanism of export gas sales naturally complements our existing system of long-term contracts.

Following the action’s results, contracts with 11 customers for total volumes about 2 bcm of gas will be signed. Gas will be supplied to clients during the winter season 2016/2017.

Like at the 1st auction held in September 2015, gas was offered at Greifswald, Gaspool and Olbernhau delivery points. In addition to these points the customers were offered an opportunity to take gas at Baumgarten and Arnoldstein.

“We are satisfied with the results of the auction. The fact that once again we have been able to sell additional gas volumes at the direction where we tested the first auction sales last year proves that this trading model worked not only once but is able to be used regularly. Gas sales on an auction basis complements our deliveries within the long-term contracts. We are aimed at conducting gas auctions in the future.”, — said Elena Burmistrova, Director General of Gazprom Export LLC.

“Gas auctions represent a good additional opportunity to market natural gas in Europe. In addition to traditionally strong interest to Greifswald delivery point, during the latest auction about one quarter of the total volumes was sold with a delivery to Austrian Baumgarten. — said Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom’s Management Committee. — Interestingly, not a single lot was sold at the OPAL direction. It proves that OPAL pipeline capacities are still demanded by nobody but Gazprom”.

Background information

Gazprom Export carried out the first gas auction in September 2015. Addressing the challenges of the evolving energy market, the company tested a new mechanism of sales for gas delivered via the Nord Stream pipeline. As a result over 40 lots were sold to 15 clients, with a total volume of over 1.2 bcm of gas.
The auction for the gas supply to the Baltic States in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters of 2016 was held by Gazprom Export in March 2016. At the auction more than 80 lots were sold to 6 clients with a total volume of more than 420 mcm of gas.
The 3rd gas auction was announced on July 14, 2016.
 

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