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Petrobras operates now in Chinook field

Published on Sept. 15, 2012

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Petrobras has started the production in its Chinook field on Thursday, the operator announced. The field, located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, overcame the incidents occurred in June, when 5,400 liters oil were spilled during the development tests.

The 4th well will drill at 8,000 meters deep in Lower Tertiary reservoirs. BW Pioneer FPSO, located at 250 km offshore Louisiana in 2,500 meters of water, is taking part in the extraction. BW Pioneer has capacity for 80,000 barrels crude and 500,000 cubic meters gas.

According to the press release, this is the first time a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit is being used in the Mexico Gulf.

The Chinook field is 66.67% owned and operated by Petrobras America Inc. and 33.33% owned by Total E&P USA, Inc.

The APEC Summit is a chance for Russia

Published on Sept. 6, 2012

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The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, held in Vladivostok between the 2nd and 9th of September, appears as an opportunity for change for Russia.

After 21 billion dollars invested and more than 500 entrepreneurs gathered, the summit will focus on the Russian 2012 APEC presidency’s priorities.

Among those priorities, the country has highlighted liberalization of trade and investment, regional economic integration, strengthening food security, forming reliable transport and logistics systems and cooperation in attaining innovation growth goals.

The Kremlin expects to change its policy, which was merely focused on Europe, to approach Asia, particularly China, which has been a tough competitor up to now. The trade between Russia and China has decreased over the recent years and the ...

Brazil for the solar energy

Published on Aug. 20, 2012

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A silicon purification plant in Brazil might be announced before the year 2012 is over, according to the chief of the renewable energy department at BNDES, Antonio Tovar.

Silicon is an essential element for the photovoltaic panel production process.

Such production has interested many businessmen, who have started to create projects located in Brazil during the last two years. Those projects mainly aim to mass-produce photovoltaic panels in this country. As a consequence, the negotiations with many potential silicon providers have started.

This process has been influenced by Annel, the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency, which expects consumers to install their own power production system for self-consumption.

The representatives at BNDES stated that the Brazilian bank would undertake to finance the ...

Russian Prime Minister calls for land privatization

Published on Aug. 2, 2012

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“I believe we need to prepare for privatization of land sites” declared Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev.

Land property has been under discussion for many years. Some experts defend privatization, while others allege land is a generational wealth that can not be sold. “But what do we have as a result? We frequently see the degradation of the land stock and the absence of real possibilities for construction, including housing and social infrastructure. That is why we need after all to make these decisions” Medvedev responds to that point of view. Some government officers state it is necessary a cadastral revaluation before privatization can be possible.

Land private property was established in 2001 through Land Code, which allowed private land ...

Moscow supports Kyrgyztan´s application to join to Customs Union

Published on Aug. 2, 2012

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The Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, supports Kyrgyztan’s intention of joining the Customs Union formed by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

 “We have filed an application to join the Customs Union and a group of experts is currently at work. The path has been chosen and it is only a matter of time” said Omurbek Babanov, Kyrgyz President. This will is shared by Mevdedev: “Russia’s invariable position is that Kyrgyzstan should become a member of the Customs Union”.

This first step has to be followed by an integration process and the signing of several treaties due to Kyrgyzstan’s access to Customer Union.

This could lead to the inclusion of a new member in the project launched in November ...

YPF and PDVSA will join forces

Published on Aug. 1, 2012

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Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner and Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez signed a document to establish a strategic alliance between the Argentinian oil company YPF and Venezuelan PDVSA.

As the document states, the main objective of this agreement is “joint planning the hydrocarbon value chain in Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Republic of Argentina.”

Furthermore, it is intended to create “associations for the estate companies from both countries to optimize current projects and future projects development.”

The alliance sets “PDVSA to join oil and shale gas exploration projects in Argentina and PDVSA and YPF to take part in the in the mixed company to established in the area Ayacucho 6 of the Oniroco Oil Belt. Likewise, PDVSA will join “Transitory Business Union (UTE)”.

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