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„Nabucco Is not Dead at All“

The EU-Commissioner of Energy Günther Oettinger is optimistic that Nabucco will be successful. According to Austria´s Minister of Economics Reinhold Mitterlehner, the prospects of success are “50+”.

October 9, 2012

OMV Expands in Pakistan

OMV and Latif joint venture partners sign lease deed for the development of Latif gas field in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Latif field production will contribute around 6,000 boe/d of production to OMV in 2014.

October 5, 2012

OMV Considers Joining Tanap

The Austrian oil and gas company intends to invest up to $ 7.0bn in the Turkish-Azeri project.

September 25, 2012

MOL Announces Massive Investments in Hungary

The Hungarian oil group plans to make investments of € 1.1bn in the next three years.

September 25, 2012

Total, OMV and Repsol pay € 48m for Test Drillings in Bulgaria´s Black Sea

Bulgaria wants to reduce its dependence on Russian energy. The consortium has paid € 48m to Bulgaria.

September 22, 2012

OMV Issues Eurobonds Worth € 1.5bn

OMV raises € 1.5bn in long-dated Eurobonds and announces tender offers for its 2014 Eurobond as well as its 2014 and 2016 Schuldschein loan notes to further extend its debt maturity profile.

September 19, 2012

OMV Gives Up Fracking Plans

The Austrian oil and gas company announced that there will be no shale gas production in Austria.

September 17, 2012

Kuwait Petroleum Interested in Croatian and Bosnian OMV Stations

OMV sells 91 petrol stations in Croatia and Bosnia. After the Croatian INA has announced to have submitted a binding offer, Kwait Petroleum shows interest.

September 14, 2012

OMV Sells 15% Stake in CEGH to Slovak Eurstream

The Austrian oil company reduced its share in Central European Gas Hub from 80% to 65%.

September 14, 2012

INA Underlines Interest in OMV´s Petrol Stations

The Croatian oil group wants to take over the petrol station business of Austrian OMV in Croatia and Bosnia.

September 12, 2012

Croatian INA Submits Offer to OMV

Austrian OMV sells its petrol station business in Croatia and Bosnia. The Croatian subsidiary of Hungarian MOL has submitted a binding offer.

September 5, 2012

OMV and Total Start Gas Drillings in Bulgaria´s Black Sea

Bulgaria wants to reduce its dependence on Russian energy. Together with the French Total Group and the Spanish Repsol Group, Austrian OMV begins test gas drillings in the Bulgarian Black Sea.

September 1, 2012

South Stream Pipeline May Run Across Croatia

Instead of Hungary, the pipeline project South Stream may pass through Croatia. Gazprom currently negotiates with the Croatian operator Plinacro.

August 20, 2012

OMV Starts Gas Drillings in Ukraine

Together with the U.S. oils group ExxonMobil, the Dutch-British Shell Group, and the Ukrainian Nadra Ukrayny, OMV´s subsidiary Petrom starts natural gas drillings in the Ukrainian Black Sea region.

August 17, 2012

Verbund to Sell Stake in Enerjisa?

The German energy group eon is said to be interested in Verbund´s Turkish interest.

August 17, 2012

OMV to Focus on Gas Business

The Austrian oil and gas company intends to exploit natural gas in proximity to Europe. The Black Sea and the North Sea are the strategically most important areas.

August 8, 2012

OMV: Higher Profit than Expected

In the second quarter, clean CCS EBIT was at € 865 mn, up 82% vs. Q2/11. Sales grew by 25%. Gearing ratio down to 31% vs. 34% in Q2/11.

August 8, 2012

Proceedings Against Bulgarian Subsidiary of OMV Stopped

The Bulgarian Competition Authority KZK stopped investigations against OMV Bulgaria, Rompetrol, Lukoil and Naftex Petrol. The companies were suspected of price fixing.

August 1, 2012

New Hope for Nabucco West

The Aseri Minister of Energy Natik Aliyev thinks that Nabucco West would be better than the rival project TAP.

July 27, 2012

Roiss Claims Energy Strategy

Gerhard Roiss, CEO of the Austrian energy company OMV, warns of a withdrawal of the energy-intensive industry tot he U.S.

July 26, 2012

OMV: Libyan Output at Pre-War Level

The Austrian oil company could increase its oil production in the second quarter. OMV has to register extraordinary expenses of € 170m.

July 20, 2012

OMV: No Withdrawal from Germany

The Austrian oil company and petrol station operator will not sell the petrol station business in Germany. By contrast, the downsizing program in the SEE region and in the Czech Republic will be continued.

July 19, 2012

OMV Resumes Production Works in Yemen

The Austrian oil and gas group may get oil from Yemen soon. In Bulgaria, OMV participates in exploitation works.

July 17, 2012

Changes in Petrom’s Executive Board

Petrom, the largest oil and gas producer in Southeastern Europe, announces a change in its Executive Board. Starting September 1, 2012.

July 13, 2012

OMV Steps into Deep Water Gas Development in Northern Norwegian Sea

OMV acquires 15% stake in the Aasta Hansteen field development from ExxonMobil and increases its stake in the Norwegian Sea Gas Infrastructure project by 6.15%.

July 13, 2012

Libya: Austrian Companies Face Losses of € 200m

Since the attacks against Libya in 2011, the damage for Austrian companies operating in Libya total € 200m. Major projects had to be postponed.

July 4, 2012

Czech Republic: OMV Withdraws, MOL Expands

The Hungarian oil and gas group purchased 124 petrol stations in the Czech Republic. The Austrian OMV continues its downsizing strategy.

July 4, 2012

OMV Invests in Renewable Energy

Innovation Minister, Doris Bures, and OMV CEO, Gerhard Roiss, open the BioCRACK pilot plant at the OMV Refinery in Schwechat on July 2.

July 3, 2012

Austrian Environmental Minister Against Fracking

Nikolaus Berlakovich thinks that shale gas is no alternative. Fracking would be „extremely environmentally harmful“.

July 3, 2012

Energochemica Enters the Prague Stock Exchnage

Energochemcia SE officially announced its intention to enter the Prague Stock Exchange (PSE). The company wants to focus on acquisitions of key energy and chemical industry companies.

June 29, 2012

OMV´s Petrom: Investments Totaled € 7.7bn Since 2004

Petrom, the Romanian subsidiary of Austrian OMV finalized the upgrade of the crude vacuum distillation unit in Petrobrazi refinery. Investments of approximately € 100m will be made.

June 27, 2012

Austria’s Most Powerful Power Plant Inaugurated

New combined cycle gas turbine plant saves up to two million tons of CO2 annually, the Austrian energy provider Verbund says. The company expects lower results in the first half of 2012.

June 22, 2012

Nabucco „Not Essential“ for EU

For the EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, it is not important which pipeline ships natural gas to Europe.

June 22, 2012

OMV and Wintershall Sign Upstream Agreement with ADNOC

OMV and Wintershall will appraise the sour gas and condensate field in Shuwaihat in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. OMV´s CEO Gerhard Roiss sees strengthened relations with the United Arab Emirates.

June 21, 2012

OMV Announces UK North Sea Divestments

OMV divests 5% stake in the Beryl Area producing fields for a consideration of USD 118m and acquires 17.5% stake in Tobermory and Bunnehaven discoveries West of Shetlands, from Statoil (U.K.).

June 20, 2012

Intensive Talks between OMV and Romanian Government

The Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta initiated talks with the Austrian oil and gas group OMV. Romania wants to control fuel prices in future.

June 19, 2012

Nabucco: EU Commission is in Doubt

The Commission of the European Union emphasizes that Nabucco is still an option. Nevertheless, there would be cheaper options.

June 18, 2012

„Nabucco Will Die A Hundred Times“

OMV´s CEO Gerhard Roiss promotes the new „Nabucco West“ project and underlines the high probability of success.

June 14, 2012

Austrian E-Control Supports Shale Gas Exploitation

Walter Boltz, CEO of the Austrian energy market regulator, thinks that Europe would benefit from the shale gas exploitation.

June 13, 2012

OMV Negotiates Petrol Station Sale with Russian Zarubezhneft

The Austrian oil and gas group OMV intends to sell its petrol station network in Croatia and Bosnia. The Russian Zarubezhneft seems to be interested.

June 12, 2012

EVN Takes up € 500m Loan

The Austrian energy company secured fefinancing of ist existing syndicated revolving credit facility.

June 4, 2012

Stable Results at EVN

The Austrian energy supplier reports stable revenues and earnings in the first quarter of 2012. Net income soared by 13.6%.

May 31, 2012

„Nabucco Is Still an Option“

Elshad Nassirov, Vice-Chairman oft he Azerbaijani gas company Socar, argues that BP´s statement about Nabucco was premature.

May 29, 2012

BP: „Nabucco is Dead“

British Petroleum pronounces the initial Nabucco project dead. RWE supports the new version “Nabucco West”.

May 25, 2012

OMV Faces Extraordinary Tax in Romania

OMV´s Romanian subsidiary Petrom is threatened by an extraordinary tax for oil companies. The tax should be introduced in 2013.

May 19, 2012

“Nabucco West” Submits Proposal

The proposal for the downsized “Nabucco West” Scenario was submitted to Shah Deniz II Consortium.

May 18, 2012

Sorgenia Develops New Business Model

The Milan-based Sorgenia, in which Austrian Verbund has an interest, has developed a balanced portfolio of activities in Europe and South America with a substantial growth potential.

May 18, 2012

Another Setback for Nabucco

The German RWE considers leaving the natural gas pipeline consortium. Also the Hungarian MOL will exit.

May 16, 2012

Dividend Increase at OMV

OMV’s Ordinary Annual General Meeting has approved a dividend of € 1.10 per share for 2011 as well as all other agenda resolutions.

May 11, 2012

Petrom Posts Strong Rise in Earnings

The Romanian subsidiary of Austrian OMV could raise its EBIT by 38% compared to the first quarter of 2011.

May 9, 2012
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