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Czech Republic: Exports and Imports Decreased Considerably

In February 2013, according to preliminary data of ‘cross−border statistics’, exports and imports at current prices fell by 3.6% and 4.4%, year-on-year (y−o−y), respectively.

April 9, 2013

Russia: Economic Growth Below Expectations

The Russian economy is flatlining. The government and the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) blame each other for the current state of affairs.

April 8, 2013

Poll: Estonians Want Economy Minister to Resign

56 % of Estonian citizens want the Economy Minister Parts to step down.

April 3, 2013

Gazprom to Absorb Romanian Bunkering Operator

Gazprom affiliate Neft Marine Bunker LLC has acquired Romanian Marine Bunker Balkan.

April 3, 2013

Bulgaria: Labor Hour Costs Increased 5.1 % in Q4 2012

Preliminary data of NSI for the Fourth Quarter of 2012 indicated that the total hourly labour cost rose by 5.1% compared to the Fourth Quarter of 2011.

March 30, 2013

Czech Republic: Gazprom to Build New Gas Storage Tanks

Gazprom and MND Group are going to invest € 100m in a gas storage facility near the Austrian border.

March 26, 2013

Ukraine and Deutsche Bank Signed Agreement

In order to finance the reconstruction of gas transportation system of Ukraine last year a loan agreement between the Ukrainian "UkrTransGas" subsidiary company "Naftogaz of Ukraine" and Deutsche Bank was signed.

March 26, 2013

Roiss: “A European Concept and Joint Investments Are Needed“

In an interview with the Austrian newpaper Kurier, CEO of OMV explains why Europe needs other sources of energy and why there is a growing competitive disadvantage compared with the USA.

March 25, 2013

Russia Enhances Oil Supply to China

Experts describe the dealings as a community of purpose rather than a sign of improved relations.

March 23, 2013

Cyprus: No Hope in Sight Yet

It is still uncertain if an agreement with Russia about the sale of gas fields can be found. President of the EU commission has joined the talks in Moscow.

March 20, 2013

Cyprus Appeals for Help to Russia

In a vote on Tuesday the government has decided not to use the private money of Cyprus‘ citizens to help bail out the banks. After the rejection, the EU aid package is now off. Cyprus hopes rest on Russia at this point.

March 20, 2013

Russia: Gazprom Runs the Risk of Losing Market Shares

According to the newspaper “RBC Daily”, Gazprom stands to lose a further market share for gas supply as German energy enterprises are prompting the government to start producing shale gas.

March 19, 2013

Russia: Battle Between Rosneft And Gasprom Starts

The fight between Russia’s two biggest energy providers Rosneft and Gasprom has started. Rosneft tries to snatch away large deposits of raw oil and reports Gasprom to the government.

March 12, 2013

Russia: Rosneft Takes over TNK-BP

The EU Commission has approved of the fusion of TNK-BP and Rosneft. According to the commission, Rosneft will still have business competition.

March 11, 2013

Lithuania: Exports Decreased by 7.6 % in January

Foreign trade in January 2013 decreased. Major losses in Agricultural sector.

March 8, 2013

Austria: Increase Of Foreign Trade

Even with the economy crisis, the percentage of foreign business expands.

March 8, 2013

EVN Suffers from Business in Bulgaria

In the first quarter of its business year 2012/13, the Austrian energy group recorded a decrease in net income. Outlook 2012/13: results from operating activities and Group net profit are expected to be below the prior-year level

February 28, 2013

CEZ: Czech Republic Calls Brussels for Help

After the Czech energy group CEZ has lost its license in Bulgaria, the Czech government wants Brussels to put pressure on Sofia.

February 25, 2013

Bulgaria: Protests Continue in Sofia and Varna

Bulgarian political decisions are afflicted by extreme unpopularity as almost 60 % of the population suffers from immediate poverty. Riots continue in Sofia and Varna.

February 24, 2013

OMV and Repsol Searching for Oil in Romania.

Petrom, the Romanian subsidiary of OMV and the Spanish Repsol Group have agreed on a joint venture in Romania. Investments estimated at approximately EUR 50 mn in the next two years.

February 23, 2013

OMV Sells Its Marketing Subsidiary in Croatia

With this transaction OMV Refining and Marketing has completed the next step in implementing the defined divestment program.

February 1, 2013

Nabucco Pipeline Is Taking Shape Slowly

The natural gas pipeline commences Front End Engineering and Design services for Nabucco West project.

January 28, 2013

Bayerngas Leaves Nabucco

The German natural gas company does not want to join the pipeline project.

January 28, 2013

Nabucco: Decision Will Be Announced by Mid-2013

The Shah Deniz II consortium will announce its decision on the pipeline project in June, Nabucco´s CEO Reinhard Mitschek says.

January 21, 2013

Strong Political Support for Nabucco

Nabucco countries acknowledge the ministerial declaration extending legal and regulatory framework to Nabucco West.

January 19, 2013

Serbia: Dinkic Underlines Importance of South Stream Pipeline

The South Stream pipeline is a “national project” and of vital interest for Serbia, Minister of Economics Mladjan Dinkic says.

January 19, 2013

Croatia Finds Compromise with Gazprom

Croatia will be connected with the South Stream pipeline. The construction costs will total € 60m.

January 17, 2013

Austria: Regional Energy Providers Invest Massively in Renewable Energy

In 2013, the regional energy supplier Energie AG wants to invest € 180m. The Vienna-listed EVN group intends to increase its renewable energy portfolio by € 800m until 2020.

January 16, 2013

Shah Deniz Consortium to Enter Nabucco Project

Today, the Nabucco´s shareholders and the Shah Deniz Consortium agreed on a joint declaration.

January 10, 2013

OMV: Final Investment Decision for Aasta Hansteen Gas Field

World’s largest floating spar platform in the Northern Norwegian Sea: Final investment decision taken to develop the promising Aasta Hansteen gas field including new pipeline infrastructure.

January 9, 2013

New Hope for Nabucco

The gas pipeline project is said to get a new major shareholder. In case of the entry of the Shah Deniz II consortium, Nabucco´s utilization would be secured.

December 22, 2012

Nabucco: Official Approval in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Ministry approves Nabucco National Environmental Impact Assessment Report.

December 22, 2012

Petrom: Major Gas Deal Signed

OMV Petrom exploring shallow water sector of Neptun block in the Black Sea.

December 22, 2012

EVN Posts Mixed Results

The Austrian energy company records an increase in revenues. EBIT fell by 7.0%, net profits grow slightly. Outlook 2012/13: Group net profit is expected to be on the prior-year level.

December 13, 2012

South Stream: No Pipelines to Austria

Austria will not be connected to the Russian pipeline project. Neither OMV nor Gazprom make a comment.

December 12, 2012

OMV and RWE Talk About Stakes in Nabucco

The German energy group plans sells its shares to Austrian OMV. OMV´s CEO Roiss expects that the consortium of Nabucco will change.

December 8, 2012

Russia Starts South Stream Pipeline

Today, the Russian gas group Gazprom has officially begun the construction works of the pipeline project.

December 7, 2012

Bulgaria Puts Pressure on Nabucco

Bulgaria wants the Nabucco project to start as soon as possible.

December 5, 2012

RWE Leaves Nabucco

The German energy group sells its shares to Austrian OMV.

December 3, 2012

OMV Sells Its Marketing Subsidiary in Bosnia-Herzegovina

With this move, OMV Refining & Marketing has completed the next step in implementing the defined divestment program that contributes to reduce the weighting of the Refining and Marketing division in the overall OMV portfolio.

November 30, 2012

OMV Focuses on Black Sea and North Sea

By 2020, the Austrian oil and gas group will ship natural gas from the Black Sea to Austria. Investments in the North Sea region are being fostered.

November 24, 2012

OMV to Expand Production

Until 2016, the Austrian gas and oil group intends to enhance the daily production up to 350,000 barrels.

November 22, 2012

OMV Underlines Necessity of Shale Gas Production

The Austrian oil and gas group stresses that shale gas may reduce the dependency on Russian natural gas.

November 20, 2012

South Stream Pipeline: Construction Works to Begin in December

The pipeline projects of Russia´s gas group Gazprom makes substantial progress. Europe´s dependence on Russia is growing further.

November 12, 2012

OMV Fosters its Presence in the UK

The Austrian oil and gas group has been awarded 16 exploration blocks and part-blocks in one of its core growth markets West of Shetlands.

November 9, 2012

OMV: Good Performance Expected

The Austrian oil and gas group will publish the results for the first nine months tomorrow.

November 6, 2012

Croatia Does not Participate in South Stream Pipeline

The Russian gas pipeline South Stream will not run across Croatia. Initially, Croatia was viewed as transit country.

November 5, 2012

South Stream Pipeline: Gazprom Concludes Contract with Hungary

The Russian energy group Gazprom has negotiated the last conditions of the contract with Serbia and Hungary.

November 2, 2012

OMV Announces Production Growth

Due to recovery of production in Yemen, OMV´s oil output was up substantially.

October 19, 2012

OMV Signs Major Oil Acquisition in Norway

“A further important move to establish Norway as core country in OMV’s Exploration and Production portfolio”: The Austrian oil group acquires a 20% stake in the Edvard Grieg oil field development from RWE.

October 16, 2012
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