Email This Post - Print This Post Print This Post

By John Helmer in Moscow MOSCOW – After years of on-off negotiations and recriminations between Beijing, Moscow and Tokyo, Russia’s state pipeline company Transneft agreed this week to complete construction of a pipeline to deliver crude oil between Skovorodino, in southeastern Siberia, and Daqing, the oilfield and refinery hub in northeast Heilongjiang, in China. The [...]

Email This Post - Print This Post Print This Post

Now you see Murli Deora, now you don’t — what game are the Indians playing with Russian oil? By John Helmer in Moscow India’s Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Murli Deora, was to have been in Moscow last week to urge approval of a controversial plan to put ₤1.4 billion into a London-listed company [...]

Email This Post - Print This Post Print This Post

By John Helmer in Moscow An attempt by lenders to Alrosa to increase charges for a $350 million one-year syndicated loan has triggered recriminations between the banks in the syndicate, and a categorical denial by Alrosa that it has agreed to pay more. Morgan Stanley heads the syndicate, which also includes Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB) and [...]

Email This Post - Print This Post Print This Post

By John Helmer in Moscow The share price of Archangel Diamond Corporation (ADC) collapsed yesterday as a company statement acknowledged that its fund-raising of $174.4 million to restart the Grib pipe mining project, in northwest Russia, will be returned to shareholders. ADC issued its statement after PolishedPrices.com had reported that delays in issuing project approvals [...]

Email This Post - Print This Post Print This Post

By John Helmer in Moscow Novlipetsk Metallurgical Company (NLMK), the third ranked Russian steelmaker owned by Vladimir Lisin, is considering whether to cancel two recently announced US acquisitions — John Macneely Corporation (JMC) and Beta Steel. JMC was purchased for $3.54 billion in August; Beta Steel for $400 million in September. The deals are not [...]

Email This Post - Print This Post Print This Post

Delay and new cost conditions may persuade De Beers to abandon the Grib pipe By John Helmer in Moscow Unclear conditions set for De Beers’ s new Archangelsk region diamond project, and unexplained delays by the Russian government in communicating them, are likely to trigger the cancellation of the $172 million fund-raising, held last June [...]

Email This Post - Print This Post Print This Post

By John Helmer in Moscow The first sign of a Russian economic crisis is a line of desperate people, pushing and shoving outside a locked door, on which a scribbled sign has been posted indicating that the cash those outside thought they owned would be unavailable until further notice. In the classic Soviet tradition, a [...]

Email This Post - Print This Post Print This Post

By John Helmer in Moscow Russia’s vice premier for energy and resources, Igor Sechin — who is also chairman of Rosneft, the state owner oil producer and lead exporter — met behind closed doors on the weekend with the heads of Russia’s oil and gas majors to discuss their refinancing problems. State intervention to support [...]

Email This Post - Print This Post Print This Post

By John Helmer in Moscow When United Company Rusal, the international aluminium producer controlled by Oleg Deripaska, invited a 37-man delegation of Chinese reporters and cameramen to Russia last month, the aim was to get across the message that China is the central kingdom in the Deripaska empire; that as much or more investment is [...]

Email This Post - Print This Post Print This Post

By John Helmer in Moscow Deep cuts in steel output at Russian mills have been exaggerated by some steelmakers and the press and reflect attempts by some Russian proprietors, like Alexei Mordashov, owner of Severstal, to sustain profit margins, according to industry sources. “Although the market is not in the best mood right now, and [...]