9.7.15

NEWS  |  Azerbaijan President Open to Snam Taking Stake in TAP project  |  Rigzone

NEWS  |  Azerbaijan President Open to Snam Taking Stake in TAP project  |  Rigzone: "Azerbaijan is open to Italian gas infrastructure group Snam taking a stake in the project to build the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) that will carry gas from Azerbaijan to Europe, President Ilham Aliyev said on Thursday.

"Why not? If someone would allocate its shares to other companies I don't see any problems," Aliyev said when asked about Snam's possible investment in TAP.

He spoke in English to reporters during a visit to Milan's EXPO international trade fair.

Snam CEO told Reuters in an interview in June the company was ready to evaluate buying 20 percent of TAP."



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8.7.15

Native Advertising: Find out who unfriended you on Facebook - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

Trending now: Find out who unfriended you on Facebook - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social: "Have you ever searched Facebook for a former classmate, friend or fling only to find that they’ve deleted you from their social network?

A new app is offering Facebook users a gentler way of finding out they’ve been banished from an ex-friend’s list.

The appropriately titled ‘Who Deleted me on Facebook’ app allows you to track the exact moment a friend clicks that dreaded “unfriend” button. It’s free for Apple and Android devices.

The app is rising in popularity because it’s the first time Facebook users have been given a simple option to see who has ditched them as a friend. It has reportedly experienced outages in the past few days due to the extra attention."



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2.7.15

Russia-Turkey gas pipeline deal at risk of stalling due to price dispute

Russia-Turkey gas pipeline deal at risk of stalling due to price dispute: "Russia’s plan to build a new $15 billion pipeline to Turkey is at risk of delay because of a fight over gas prices, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

State-run OAO Gazprom and its Turkish counterpart Botas had a six-month period to agree on prices for gas supplies between the two countries, which expired on Monday. The Ankara-based company now has the right to take the matter to international arbitration, three of the people said, asking not to be named because the information is private.

The dispute over prices means there’s no immediate prospect of signing a binding pact for the new pipeline, the second between Russia and Turkey. An agreement could now be delayed until at least October, two more people said, also asking not to be identified.

The delay is a blow to President Vladimir Putin’s plan to use the new link to ship gas to Turkey and onto Europe, bypassing existing pipelines in the Ukraine. He proposed the project last year after the European Union, which gets about 30% of its gas from Russia, blocked a similar link through Bulgaria.

Gazprom doesn’t plan to prolong a gas-transit contract with Ukraine after 2019 and the EU would have to accept the new route, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in April.

Putin Order

Things changed last week, however, suggesting uncertainty about the Turkey pipeline. Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexey Miller said Putin ordered the company to discuss transit with Ukraine before the contract expires.

Gazprom’s press office and Turkey’s Energy Ministry declined to comment."



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Ukraine halts Russian gas purchases as talks on deal fail

Ukraine halts Russian gas purchases as talks on deal fail: "Ukraine halted purchases of Russian natural gas after its bigger neighbor took away most of a price discount and declined to sign a three-way accord with the European Union through the winter heating season.

Ukraine’s gas company NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy won’t buy gas from Russia as of Wednesday and will continue purchases from the EU, Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said.

Russia’s offer to reduce the discount Ukraine receives to contract prices by 60% in the third quarter wasn’t fair, he said by phone after talks with his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak and the European Commission’s vice president for energy union, Maros Sefcovic.

“Naftogaz halts purchase of Russian gas till supply conditions are agreed on,” the company said in a statement after the trilateral talks ended on Tuesday. “Transportation of gas through Ukraine to Gazprom’s European customers will continue in full, according to the contract terms.”

An agreement between the two former Soviet allies would reduce the risk of supply disruption for the EU, which gets 10% of its gas through pipes crossing Ukraine from Russia. Payment disputes between the two countries disrupted transit flows to Europe in 2006 and 2009 during freezing weather."



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China wary of closer Russia energy ties, ex-Cnooc economist says

China wary of closer Russia energy ties, ex-Cnooc economist says: "China is wary of expanding energy investments in Russia because closer ties with the Kremlin could harm its relations with the U.S., according to a former researcher at China’s biggest offshore explorer.

The government in Beijing isn’t prepared to jeopardize economic links with the U.S., said Chen Wei Dong, who resigned as chief researcher for China National Offshore Oil Corp.’s Energy Economics Institute in May. The U.S. is viewed as a “global” partner while Russian ties are regional, he said.

Russia is turning to Asian markets after President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea led the U.S. and Europe to impose sanctions, including oil and banking restrictions. Russia’s biggest energy exporters are targeting China, the world’s largest consumer, yet progress on supply deals has stalled after crude and gas prices declined."



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Ex-CNN anchor survives wild motel shootout

Ex-CNN anchor survives wild motel shootout

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