Energy in Russia

Beijing hopes Putin visit will sort out gas deal

Ahead of next week's visit to China by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beijing says it expects a breakthrough in stalled negotiations with Moscow for a massive natural gas project.

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am

China Gas eyes 82pc sales increase and budgets HK$2b for expansion

Piped gas distributor China Gas Holdings aims to raise its gas-sales volume by up to 81.8 per cent this financial year and plans to plough HK$2 billion into expansion.

The increase in gas-sales revenue will help the company reduce its reliance on installation fees, which are high margin but charged only once to users for first-time access.

25 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Row may stall Russian gas supply

A top Russian energy official warned yesterday in Beijing that scheduled exports of natural gas to the mainland might be delayed if companies from both countries could not agree on pricing for two pipeline projects.

11 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Pipeline promises

Russia has by far the world's biggest proven reserves of natural gas. Much of this 'clean' energy is close to Asia, particularly China, where demand is rising fast for carbon fuels that are less polluting than coal and oil. Yet, until recently, none of this gas went to Asia and the Pacific.

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

FYI: Gazprom has been in the news a great deal lately. What is it?

No, not a high-school dance in Texas; that would be Oilprom. Rather, it's the world's biggest extractor of natural gas, part-owned by the Kremlin and now very much part of Russia's foreign-policy muscle.

11 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Belarus reluctantly signs new gas deal with Russia

Belarus signed a new price deal for Russian gas supplies two minutes before a midnight New Year's Eve deadline, narrowly averting a threatened supply cut that would likely have hit deliveries to Western Europe yesterday.

2 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Russian power play shows danger of oil politics

Japan has achieved more during peace time through industry, imitation and then innovation than it ever did through aggression to obtain resources. From the ashes of military defeat it grew into the world's second-biggest economy.

28 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Politics at play in China's energy race

Russia seen using delays in projects to get more concessions

The mainland's wish to secure long-term oil and gas supply from resource-rich neighbour Russia through pipelines may not be realised as fast as it wants due to wider political considerations, according to a Standard & Poor's research report.

14 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Where energy and politics collide

China pursued its energy security interests on two main fronts this week. One was in talks with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin. The other was in the United Nations Security Council, as leading powers tried to reconcile differences over how to handle Iran's suspected programme to make nuclear weapons.

24 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Building pipelines easier than building trust

If trade dominates China's relations with the United States, its energy needs loom just as large in its strengthening ties with Russia. On that count, at least, the summit this week between President Hu Jintao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin can be rated a qualified success.

23 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

'No quarrel' with Russia on Siberian oil pipeline

Beijing, Moscow are on good terms, envoy says, despite last-minute change

Beijing and Moscow have not had any disagreements over an oil pipeline linking Siberia with northeast China, says the ambassador to Russia.

1 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Oil rivalry threatens geopolitical balance

For those who expected a resolution of questions over the fate of the Siberia-to-Daqing oil pipeline when Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov paid a visit to Beijing this week, Mr Kasyanov's cryptic statements will have proved maddeningly unclear.

26 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Trouble in the pipeline

Russia is in the enviable position of being wooed simultaneously by Asia's two main powers, China and Japan. At the same time, it has to walk a fine line because it is unlikely to be able to please both.

17 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Asia's high-risk energy triangle

You do not have to believe that the Iraqi war was fought for oil - I do not - to believe that energy shapes the course of international politics. The Middle East is the easy case: How many of us would care about the strife there if billions of barrels of oil were not buried beneath those deserts?

3 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Dong Fang proposal to buy stake in mainland firm fails

A controversial proposal by Dong Fang Gas Holdings to buy a stake in a mainland gas pipeline building company has collapsed following unexplained disputes between the company and the stake's vendor.

4 Jan 2003 - 12:00am