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    Russian Oil and Gas Industry: News #3

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    Post  JohninMK 18/02/21, 05:48 pm

    GarryB wrote:Essentially they are acknowledging that they fucked up in Ukraine and this is their way of trying to make Europe fund the Ukraine in continuing transit fees for gas from Russia...

    Amusing that Poland has increased gas imports by over 60%....

    Italy has more than doubled its imports in January over last year.

    Last year Gazprom transported 59.2bn m³ through the nominal 55bn m³/yr NordStream 1 pipeline. This is the most since it started in 2011. In total they shipped 154 bn m³ to Europe, way down on the 199 shipped in 2019 (due to reduced overall demand - warm weather) plus increased LPG imports.

    From October Hungary's supplies of 6bn m³ will come via TurkStream when the link to Serbia goes online.

    Demand has gone crazy with gas in storage emptying fast on top of increased imports. This cold spell has raised gas imports worldwide forcing world prices up. The Russian's big advantage is that they are not dependent on (pre-booked) ships, get a cold spell, they just up the pressure. Even the Ukraine is doing well out of it.

    The spot price has doubled over December so Gazprom should be crazily profitable this year.

    Good background article https://intellinews.com/eu-imports-of-russian-gas-surge-in-january-despite-objections-to-nord-stream-2-203243/

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    Post  Scorpius 21/02/21, 02:41 am

    According to the Ministry of Natural Resources in 2020, the increase in industrial categories (A,B1,C1) of recoverable reserves based on the results of geological exploration for oil amounted to 1.002 billion tons — with the production level just above 500 million tons, for free gas, the increase was 747 billion cubic meters — which is also higher than the production level, thus ensuring full reproduction. In 2021, full replacement of the reserves is also expected.
    https://oilcapital.ru/news/upstream/16-02-2021/glava-minprirody-prirost-zapasov-nefti-i-gaza-vozmestil-dobychu-za-2020-god

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    Post  kvs 23/02/21, 02:57 am



    The claim that blocking NS 2 is about preventing EU dependency on Russian natural gas is BS because there is an open effort
    to keep the gas transit through Ukraine. NS 2 and Turksream replace the transit volume through Ukraine so there is precisely
    zero additional consumption of Russian gas by the EU.

    This an example how the west is fully rotted with pure misinformation being treated as revealed truth. Crimea is exactly the
    same sort of BS on the part of NATzO. NATzO never had any right to recognize its annexation by Ukraine in 1991 and cannot
    now whinge about it being "annexed" by Russia.

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    Post  franco 23/02/21, 09:38 pm

    18 companies left Nord Stream 2 at once: what will happen now

    At least 18 European companies withdrew from the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline due to threats of US sanctions, the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reports, citing the report of the State Department to the US Congress. Among the refusenik firms are such large German concerns as Bilfinger SE and Munich Re Syndicate.

    Earlier, the United States imposed additional sanctions on firms negotiating Nord Stream 2. Germany, however, opposes the sanctions measures, seeking to complete the construction of the pipeline. In Berlin, politicians insist on the position of "economy separately, politics separately." In Poland and Ukraine, the authorities express their outrage at this course and demand that Washington influence Berlin's opinion.

    The US Treasury announced new sanctions against SP-2: this time, they were imposed on the pipe-laying vessel Fortuna, capable of completing the offshore section of the gas pipeline, and the company KBT-Rus that owns it. The vessel fell under the US law on the protection of European energy security. However, Fortune is no stranger to sanctions: in January, the barge was already blacklisted under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

    US State Department spokesman Ned Price, commenting on the Treasury's decision, noted that the White House considers the sanctions strategy chosen with respect to the pipeline to be correct, since the US authorities consider the SP-2 project a "bad deal". At the same time, Price does not hide the fact that the projects are based not on economic but on geopolitical interests. The representative of the State Department did not begin to decipher this concept, but even so it is clear what it is about. Washington does not like SP-2, since it strengthens the Russian energy presence in the Old World market, in addition, it threatens to leave Washington's loyal ally, Ukraine, without gas transit.

    Now the construction of SP-2 has been completed by more than 95%. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak has recently announced that the project will be completed, despite the "destructive approaches that we observe from the United States of America." He also stressed that the gas pipeline is a commercial project, which, together with Gazprom, is being implemented by foreign companies "that are interested in gas supplies from Russia."

    But what about Fortuna - how does it feel against the backdrop of these geopolitical battles? As the saying goes, "Vaska listens and eats." Since the end of January, the barge has begun laying a 148-kilometer section along the bottom of the Baltic Sea in Danish waters. The Danish Maritime Authority announced that the construction of a gas pipeline in this section should be completed in April this year.

    Moreover, "Fortuna" does not solve the problem alone. Now the whole fleet is involved in the construction of the gas pipeline: tugs Katun, Veni and Umka, the observer vessel Baltic Researcher and the rescue vessel Murman are also in the waters of Denmark. In addition, the Finval tugboat, the Yuri Topchev multifunctional icebreaker, the DP Gezina support vessel and the Artemis Offshore anchor handling vessel are in Mukran (based on the Nord Stream-2 project operator). Well, the pipe-laying vessel "Akademik Chersky" has been standing nearby since the end of January - in the port of Wismar in northern Germany. That is, the pipelayers, in theory, are ready to use any configuration of ships in emergency situations.

    “And this is reasonable, since it is not yet clear how the sanctions will affect the activities of Fortuna,” believes Artem Deev, head of the analytical department at AMarkets. The main technical problem is related to its low speed, which will not be enough to complete the laying of two lines of the "SP-2" by the end of spring, as previously promised. It is necessary to connect the Akademik Chersky, but the vessel has not been able to start work for six months now, because due to US sanctions it has not received a permit certificate. "

    Igor Yushkov, an expert at the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, assessing the latest actions and statements by Washington, believes that there will not be any special changes in the US strategy against SP-2: most of the restrictive measures are either already in place or have been developed long ago. According to the expert, the plan for Gazprom, the main builder of the joint venture, is approximately the same. So far, only Fortuna has come under US sanctions. “Academician Chersky” will most likely also be included in the “black list” when he joins the work. However, since December 2019, there has been a constant change of owners of the SP-2 auxiliary fleet - the ships were registered in unknown structures, which the Americans are unlikely to be able to ruin their lives. “Of course, they also automatically fall under sanctions, but after the completion of construction, they can simply be bankrupted,and return the vessels to their former owners, the same Gazprom Fleet. Of course, in the future, ships “tainted” by sanctions will only be able to operate in Russia, but they have worked exclusively in our waters before, so the loss will not be great, ”Yushkov explains.

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    Post  kvs 23/02/21, 09:44 pm

    You don't include the link and the article is clearly out of date and rather lame analysis.

    Those 18 companies did not leave the project in the last month but in the wake of the original
    pullout by AllSeas.

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    Post  franco 23/02/21, 10:07 pm

    kvs wrote:You don't include the link and the article is clearly out of date and rather lame analysis.

    Those 18 companies did not leave the project in the last month but in the wake of the original
    pullout by AllSeas.  


    My original link didn't work so

    https://anapkna6wayqbddezy265syb2m--finobzor-ru.translate.goog/103402-18-kompanij-razom-vyshli-iz-severnogo-potoka-2-chto-teper-budet.html?utm_source=topwar.ru
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    Post  Kiko 02/03/21, 07:44 pm

    For the first time, Russia overtook the United States in terms of LNG supplies to Europe
    March 2, 2021

    The volume of supplies of Russian liquefied natural gas to Europe last year exceeded the volume of exports of American companies, Sederic Kremers, head of Shell in Russia, said at the presentation of the company's LNG Outlook 2021.

    “These are LNG supplies to Europe. Usually, half of these supplies come from the United States and Russia, but in 2020 you can see that Russian LNG was supplied in slightly larger volumes than the American one. This happened for the first time, " TASS reports .

    LNG supplies to Europe amounted to about 84 million tons, of which 22 million tons fell to Russia and 20 million tons to the United States.

    The report also notes that by 2040 the demand for LNG in Europe will grow, while the share of pipeline gas will slightly decrease. This, according to forecasts, will come at the expense of a drop in supplies from Norway and North Africa. In addition, domestic gas production in Europe will be significantly reduced, while pipeline gas supplies from Russia will remain approximately at the same level.

    Recall that since the beginning of 2021, gas exports to non-CIS countries have grown by almost 33% compared to January-February 2020. The volume of supplies increased to 34.5 billion cubic meters of gas.

    https://m.vz.ru/news/2021/3/2/1087493.html



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    Post  owais.usmani 02/03/21, 09:24 pm

    Well that's bad news. Europe desperately needs more of that freedom dick...oops sorry I mean freedom gas. lol!

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    Post  slasher 03/03/21, 01:50 am

    Things are picking up now, even good weather is forecast.

    The second Russian pipelayer is about to complete the construction of Nord Stream 2  

    Nord Stream 2: almost 1 km laid per day

    The second pipelayer of Nord Stream 2 is preparing for the completion of the gas pipeline
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    Post  kvs 03/03/21, 02:57 am

    slasher wrote:Things are picking up now, even good weather is forecast.

    The second Russian pipelayer is about to complete the construction of Nord Stream 2  

    Nord Stream 2: almost 1 km laid per day

    The second pipelayer of Nord Stream 2 is preparing for the completion of the gas pipeline

    Looks like the Russian government has grown some balls. All of the back and forth with the Akademik Cherskiy looked like fear of yanqui
    sanctions. They should have used it from day one and deployed the navy to make sure that Uncle Swine-shit did not try any piracy.

    After the pipeline is finished, Gazprom should wash its hands of the EU and focus on the LNG and piped gas servicing of the Asian market.

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    Post  JohninMK 03/03/21, 03:10 am

    kvs wrote:
    Looks like the Russian government has grown some balls.   All of the back and forth with the Akademik Cherskiy looked like fear of yanqui
    sanctions.   They should have used it from day one and deployed the navy to make sure that Uncle Swine-shit did not try any piracy.

    After the pipeline is finished, Gazprom should wash its hands of the EU and focus on the LNG and piped gas servicing of the Asian market.

    Vessel finder still saying the AC is alongside in harbour.
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    Post  JohninMK 03/03/21, 03:27 am

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    Post  JohninMK 08/03/21, 10:50 pm

    Whilst the Fortuna is steadily laying pipe it looks like the Akademik Chersky is now on her way, at 7 knts, home. She is in the middle of the Baltic heading NE.
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    Post  owais.usmani 09/03/21, 12:52 pm

    JohninMK wrote:Whilst the Fortuna is steadily laying pipe it looks like the Akademik Chersky is now on her way, at 7 knts, home. She is in the middle of the Baltic heading NE.

    So how much of NS2 is left as of today? Surely it must be less than 100 km now...
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    Post  JohninMK 09/03/21, 02:38 pm

    owais.usmani wrote:
    JohninMK wrote:Whilst the Fortuna is steadily laying pipe it looks like the Akademik Chersky is now on her way, at 7 knts, home. She is in the middle of the Baltic heading NE.

    So how much of NS2 is left as of today? Surely it must be less than 100 km now...

    It is a slow layer, I think the Danes said it would be laying until end April.

    The AC only got as far as Kaliningrad and is now moored off the big sand spit.
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    Post  owais.usmani 09/03/21, 04:37 pm

    JohninMK wrote:
    owais.usmani wrote:
    JohninMK wrote:Whilst the Fortuna is steadily laying pipe it looks like the Akademik Chersky is now on her way, at 7 knts, home. She is in the middle of the Baltic heading NE.

    So how much of NS2 is left as of today? Surely it must be less than 100 km now...

    The AC only got as far as Kaliningrad and is now moored off the big sand spit.

    Why the Russians still don't use AC for pipe laying? They sold it to some unknown company to avoid sanctions impact didn't they? It can lay pipes much faster than fortuna. NS2 needs to be completed ASAP.
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    Post  LMFS 09/03/21, 05:09 pm

    Keep Calm
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    Lay NS2
    Wink

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    Post  JohninMK 09/03/21, 05:18 pm

    owais.usmani wrote:
    Why the Russians still don't use AC for pipe laying? They sold it to some unknown company to avoid sanctions impact didn't they? It can lay pipes much faster than fortuna. NS2 needs to be completed ASAP.

    In my view they do not want it fully sanctioned. They want to be able to use it in other parts of the world.

    There is still plenty of time to complete the pipeline even at a snails pace. It is probably only still there to give them the option of using it in emergency.
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    Post  kvs 09/03/21, 09:20 pm

    It looks like the pipe is being laid down at 0.8-1.1 km per day which is not too shabby compared to the Swiss pipe layer.
    The figure thrown around about 0.4 km/day is BS.

    https://eadaily.com/ru/news/2021/03/09/fortuna-razognalas-na-severnom-potoke-2-do-bolee-kilometra-v-sutki

    As of March 9 the Fortuna has accelerated the laying of pipe to 1.1 km/day.


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    Post  slasher 10/03/21, 04:32 am

    owais.usmani wrote:Why the Russians still don't use AC for pipe laying? They sold it to some unknown company to avoid sanctions impact didn't they? It can lay pipes much faster than fortuna. NS2 needs to be completed ASAP.

    https://radiosputnik.ria.ru/20210309/cherskiy-1600411179.html
    The pipe-laying vessel "Akademik Chersky" arrived in Kaliningrad for sea and pre-operational tests, it follows from the data of the MarineTraffic vessel positioning system.
    Fourth of March the operator of the project " North Stream-2 " the Nord Stream AG 2 reported that the ship headed for the Kaliningrad area for running and pre-operational testing, after which it will proceed to the pipe-laying work in the EEZ of Denmark .

    Also, remember it was equipped with a new dynamic positioning system specifically for this operation so it's clearly taking some time to get everything together. No need to rush things.
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    Post  JohninMK 10/03/21, 04:53 am

    slasher wrote:
    Also, remember it was equipped with a new dynamic positioning system specifically for this operation so it's clearly taking some time to get everything together. No need to rush things.
    It had that system built in from new and was the main reason why at the time it was moved from the Far East.
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    Post  slasher 10/03/21, 05:32 pm

    JohninMK wrote:
    slasher wrote:
    Also, remember it was equipped with a new dynamic positioning system specifically for this operation so it's clearly taking some time to get everything together. No need to rush things.
    It had that system built in from new and was the main reason why at the time it was moved from the Far East.

    Yes that's true but it's systems have have been upgraded for specialized subsea operations. It is practically a newly modernized pipe-layer that the operators and crew would need time to come up to speed with.

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    Post  PapaDragon 10/03/21, 10:34 pm


    At this rate how long will it take them to connect the pipe to the mainland?
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    Post  JohninMK 11/03/21, 01:00 am

    PapaDragon wrote:
    At this rate how long will it take them to connect the pipe to the mainland?

    It looks to be about 60 miles to shore but I think the pipe in German territorial waters is already laid. So that's about 50 miles/80km and isn't it two pipes?
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    Post  franco 11/03/21, 02:51 am

    Date of arrival of the second pipelayer to Nord Stream 2 announced

    Completion of the Russian gas pipeline "Nord Stream-2" will begin this month, according to the Danish Energy Agency (DEA). The second pipe-laying ship "Akademik Chersky" is currently undergoing tests near Kaliningrad.

    According to the head of the DEA, Tore Falbe-Hansen, they received from Nordstream 2 AG a timetable for work on line A, which stipulates that pipelay will begin in March. However, the date of completion of construction has not yet been precisely determined. Line A contains the longest unfinished section of Nord Stream 2 - 68 kilometers near the Danish coast and 16.5 kilometers near Germany.

    Work on the second branch of SP-2 is scheduled to be completed by the end of September, with Akademik Chersky taking part in pipe-laying. In early March, the ship sailed from the German Wismar towards Kaliningrad and is now undergoing the necessary tests there before starting work off the coast of Denmark.

    On the second branch (B), the ship "Fortuna" is occupied in the pipe-laying. This barge has already laid about 13 kilometers of pipes near the Danish coast and will build another 36 kilometers there by the end of May, and in the waters near the Federal Republic of Germany "Fortuna" will lay 13.9 kilometers of pipes at the end of June. Later, Copenhagen reported that work on this section of Nord Stream 2 could be completed by the end of April.

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