Category: Industry Reports

In Context: Russia’s 2035 Energy Roadmap – Part 3: Gas Sector

The implementation of decarbonization policy over the next 20 years may shift the focus of Russia’s geological exploration industry from the search for oil deposits to the search for gas deposits, although the Energy Strategy (ES-2035) has yet to factor in an increased role for gas.

Oil Update: Oil Price Is Lining Up Nicely for Russia

Strong price rally. The price of Brent has more than doubled since the start of November and is up almost 20% year-to-date. The last time Brent traded at this level (January 2020) the ruble-dollar rate was at RUB61.5/US$. The reason it is not back at that level is at least partly because of continuing sanctions concerns.

E-commerce in Russia: Hurtling along

The Russian e-commerce sector is maintaining its strong growth, with turnover rising 23 % in 2019 to US$23 billion. Pre-Covid-19 forecasts were for market growth of around 17% in 2020 – however, all bets are now off. Some e-commerce sectors will race ahead, above that forecast. Others will lag, although the overall growth figure will be impressive.

Expanding Transportation Infrastructure in Russia

Trains, Planes, Automobiles (and Boats) Transportation Infrastructure in Russia.
Technology vs geography and climate. Russia’s vast territory, extreme climatic conditions, shortage of efficient navigable inland waterways, and the mistakes of the Soviet system, have all militated against development of an efficient and effective transport logistics system. Now, relatively peaceful conditions since 2000 and technological progress form the background to the more rapid development of modern transportation infrastructure.

Russian Oil & Gas Industry Review

In this review, we look at the development of Russia’s most important oil and gas corporations from an ownership, business management and political relationship perspective. We consider what have been the most important events and factors that have shaped their respective histories and explain how each company, and their key managers/owners are positioned today.

OPEC+ passes first test – but more challenges to come

The price of Brent rallied 121% from the April 24th low to the June 8th high. The key drivers of that rally include optimism that the demand loss in 2020 will be less than feared and the positive actions and statements from the OPEC+ members. The agreement to extend the period of deepest cuts for an extra month shows a firm commitment by the major producers to maintaining the OPEC+ structure.

Oil, OPEC+ & Russia

Major economies moving towards an easing of the lockdown has raised hope that oil demand destruction will be less and will recover more quickly. The OPEC+ deal started May 1st with strong political commitment from the major producers.

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