Russia: oil output to fall after 2018

Russia’s oil production may fall after 2018 if the government keeps the tax burden on the industry, Vagit Alekperov, CEO of oil major Lukoil, said. “I would not like to be some kind of a prophet, but stabilization will be there already in 2017. While in 2018-2019 production will fall”, he said, when asked about…

Russia: grain sales up in January-August 2016

In January-August Russian agricultural enterprises increased grain selling volumes by 9.9% YoY to 26.6 million tons, the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) declared on September 29.

In particular, in August the reporting index totaled 7.6 million tons, up by 5.4% YoY. (APK-Inform/Business World Magazine)

Ukraine: economic effect from raising EU quotas for farmers to reach $200 million

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has estimated the economic impact of a possible increase in EU quotas for Ukrainian agricultural products to reach $200 million. “We received proposals yesterday, and preliminary assessments by our Ministry of Agrarian Policy stand at about $200 million. It is farm produce alone, the…

Belarus: Belenergo and Siemens to implement joint projects

The Belarusian national electrical company Belenergo and Siemens Company have signed a cooperation agreement, the Belenergo press service reported. The document was signed by Belenergo Director General Yevgeny Voronov and Siemens AG Vice President Willi Meixner. The sides intend to work together on the concept and preliminary technical solutions for using Siemens-made gas turbine power…

Belarus: Belagroprombank to take out NEFCO loan to finance environment projects

OAO Belagroprombank is planning to attract the loan of the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) to sponsor environmental projects. The relevant agreement was signed by the bank and NEFCO on September 28, in Minsk. The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) is an International Financial Institution established by the Nordic Governments in 1990. NEFCO provides results-based…

Ukraine: soybean complex conquering new markets

In the 2015/2016 Ukrainian farmers obtained all-time high soybean crop – 3927 KMT. Firstly, this result was achieved owing to acreage expansion to record 2200 thousand ha. Over the past ten years Ukrainian soybean exports increased significantly, while markets were diversified. Export geography already included 33 countries. Given the persisting demand for soybean processed products…

Russia: DMZ performs testing of a new AC EMU

EP3D, brand new AC EMU produced by Demikhovsky Machine Building Factory (DMZ, belongs to Transmashholding Group), is being tested at VNIIZHT testing facility in Scherbinka, Moscow region. There is a high level of standardization in relation to mechanical engineering assemblies and components between EP3D and EP2D, DC EMU also designed by DMZ engineers. The EMU…

Ukraine: Antonov Airlines gets U.S. exemption

The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted Ukrainian operator Antonov Company (Antonov Airlines) broad air charter exemptions for flights to and from the US. These exemptions follow the U.S.-Ukraine Open Skies agreement, concluded on July 14, 2015, and became effective earlier this year. The U.S. DOT has also tentatively granted Antonov Company a foreign air…

Russia: Internet economy to grow in 2016

The economy of the Russian segment of the Internet, widely known as the Runet, will add 16.7% in 2016 to 1.581 trillion rubles, the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC) said. The growth is secured by a number of factors, including expansion of users’ expertise in Internet surfing, an omnipresent access to the Web and…

Ukraine: barley exports hit record in August 2016

According to official data, in August Ukrainian barley exports grew by 17% YoY and equaled 1924 KMT against 1019.5 KMT. During the first two months of 2016/2017 (July-August) Ukrainian exporters shipped 2204 KMT of barley, which was an absolute record for the period in question. Traditionally in August Saudi Arabia lowered its purchases, importing 371…