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EU Commission Favors New Nabucco Project

After OMV’s pipeline project Nabucco failed, the EU Commission takes into consideration a stripped-down version along the Danube.

October 14, 2013

Croatia: Hypo Group Losing Last Industrial Participation

Croatian chemical company Dioki is facing bankruptcy which is why Hypo Group is losing one of the last industrial participations in the country.

October 14, 2013

Serbia’s Participation in South Stream Not at Risk

According to Petar Skundic, Serbian energy advisor to the Prime Minister, the gas pipeline project is not imperiled by the government’s austerity measures.

October 14, 2013

Romania Keeps Majority Stake in Romgaz

Romania´s government will privatize 15% of the country´s biggest natural gas producer. The opening of the economy to foreign investors bears potential dangers.

October 12, 2013

Gazprom May Face Proceedings by Austrian OMV

OMV considers arbitral proceedings against Russian Gazprom in case no joint solution will be found.

October 9, 2013

Hungary and Croatia to Solve MOL/INA Issue

Both Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Janos Martonyi and his Croatian counterpart Vesna Pusic intend to solve the issue between Hungarian MOL and Croatian INA.

October 9, 2013

Poland Hopes for Cheap Gas by Gazprom

The Polish government is hoping to be able to bargain prices with Russian energy giant Gazprom, Polish Minister for Economy Janusz Piechocinski announced today.

October 8, 2013

Hungary Rejects Extradiction of Head of Mol

A Hungarian court rejected the extradiction of Zsolt Hernadi, who is alleged of having bribed former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanander.

October 7, 2013

Hungarian MOL May Withdraw from Croatia

The Hungarian government considers selling MOL´s Croatian peer INA.

October 4, 2013

EU Commission to Lead Cartel Proceedings Against Gazprom

The Russian energy giant Gazprom might face penalties of up to € 11bn.

October 3, 2013

Rosneft Wants to Take over Majority of TNK-BP

The World’s biggest oil company Rosneft intends taking over British-Russian joint venture TNK-BP at the beginning of next year.

September 30, 2013

Poland Leads Ranking of Top Enterprises in CEE

Credit insurance company Coface has for the fifth time published a study about the Top 500 enterprises in Central and Eastern Europe.

September 24, 2013

Further Nationalizations in Hungary?

In order to acquire further foreign-owned bank and energy companies, Hungary issues new sovereign bonds.

September 23, 2013

Keuschnigg: Losses of Hypo Compensated by Privatizations

Christian Keuschnigg, head of the IHS (Austrian Institute for Higher Studies) suggests to privatize OMV, Post and Telekom Austria to pay for Hypo Group.

September 20, 2013

Gazprom to Team Up With Macedonia

Russian energy giant Gazprom is interested in cooperating with FYR Macedonia.

September 17, 2013

Romania: Austrian Investors Demand Transparency

In an interview with Business Review Romania, Rudolf Lukavsky, commercial counselor for Romania and Moldova at the Austrian Embassy described the downsides and advantages of the economic environment in the country.

September 17, 2013

Serbia Welcomes Russian FDI

Serbian Prime Minister announced that his country was interested in Russian investments.

September 13, 2013

TAP: Surveys with Contractors to Begin

Trans Adriatic Pipeline has authorized its contractors to start surveys.

September 9, 2013

OMV: Oil Discovery in Northern Europe

Austrian Energy Enterprise OMV has discovered significant amounts of oil in the Barents Sea. Around 200m to 500m barrel are estimated to be exploitable.

September 6, 2013

OMV to Take Over Offshore Block in Madagascar

OMV acquires interest in offshore Madagascar block

September 2, 2013

Romania: Planning on Energy Sufficiency by 2018/19

Gas pipeline between Romania and Moldova is set to become operational this year.

August 30, 2013

Romania Claims Compensations for Nabucco

Romania claims EU compensation for abandoned Nabucco project.

August 29, 2013

OMV: Discovery of Gas in Pakistan

OMV: Discovery of gas and condensate in the Mehar block, Pakistan.

August 29, 2013

Slovenia: Decrease of Net Electricity

In the seven months of 2013, Slovenia's total consumption of electricity decreased for less than 1% over the same period one year ago.

August 27, 2013

Ukraine Diversifies Sources of Reverse Gas Supply

Ukraine plans on soon opening two more routes through Romania and Slovakia.

August 22, 2013

Romania: Without Nabucco, Better Chances for Higher Pay-Out for Transgaz

This year's tariffs revisions are better suited to protect the company for the drop in gas consumption, thus RBI sees lower risk of unrealized revenues.

August 20, 2013

Ukraine Remains in a Recession for a Year

In the second quarter of 2013 GDP contracted by 1.1 percent on a year-on-year comparison basis.

August 20, 2013

OMV: Biggest Additional Purchase in Company’s History

OMV invests billions in a participation in the North Sea: The Austrian energy company acquires stakes of Norwegian enterprise Statoil in oil and gas fields in the North Sea for around € 2bn.

August 19, 2013

Ukraine Reduces Imports of Gas by 35 Percent

From January to June 2013, Ukraine was able to reduce gas import by more than 35 percent compared to the same period last year, according to Ukrainian Statistics Service.

August 16, 2013

US to Support Ukraine Gain Energy Independence

One of the key priorities of US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt is the support of Ukraine to gain greater independence in the energy sector.

August 14, 2013

Petrom: New Unit at Petrobrazi Refinery

OMV Petrom commissioned the new gas desulfurization and sulfur recovery unit at Petrobrazi.

August 8, 2013

Gazprom Acquires Kirghiz Gas Network

In return for a symbolic purchase price, the Kirghiz natural gas network is taken over completely by Gazprom. The Russian energy giant intends to invest billions of rubel in infrastructure.

July 29, 2013

Serbia and Bulgaria to Team Up in Energy Policy

Serbia and Bulgaria discuss South Stream, Nis-Sofia gas interconnection and the completion of the section of Corridor 10

July 24, 2013

OMV: Problems in Libya Slow Down Production

The total production of OMV in the second quarter of 2013 has decreased compared to the same period of time in the previous year and the first quarter of the current year.

July 24, 2013

Bulgaria: South Stream Offers 6,000 New Jobs

South Stream Bulgaria´s CEO Georgi Gegov stresses the economic effect of the new gas pipeline from Russia to Western Europe.

July 18, 2013

Russian Economy Shows Insufficient Diversification

The Russian economy is primarily based on commodities, economists at the Moscow Higher School of Economics report. In the medium term, Russia has no growth potential, the experts say.

July 18, 2013

OMV: Major Gas Discovery in Australia

Successful appraisal of the Zola gas discovery offshore Australia.

July 16, 2013

ExxonMobil Signs Agreement with Ukrainian Government

ExxonMobil regards 45bn cubic meters of gas production realistic.

July 15, 2013

OMV Takes Up Production in Libya Again

OMV update on production in Libya.

July 15, 2013

Serbia to Invest € 10bn in Energy Sector

Serbia will invest € 10 bn in the development of the energy sector in the next eight years.

July 12, 2013

OMV Petrom Sold Subsidiary

OMV Petrom sold its subsidiary Petrom Distribuţie Gaze SRL.

July 11, 2013

OMV to Shut Down Production in Libya

Statement on OMV’s production in Libya.

July 11, 2013

Russia to Reduce Oil Export

Russia produces more oil which is increasingly used in the country itself. Refineries outside of Russia do not fear immediate bottlenecks in the supply of oil.

July 11, 2013

Dispute about Ina in Hungary and Croatia Escalates

The Croatian prosecution is once more investigating due to bribe payment to former Prime Minister Sanader. Head of Mol, Hernadi, is faced with a possible detention order.

July 11, 2013

Gazprom Runs Risk Of Losing Leading Position

Currently, only state-controlled energy giant Gazprom is permitted to export gas. Due to cooperations with French Total and Chinese enterprises, Moscow now intends to open the market.

July 9, 2013

Ukraine Looking for Alternative Gas Suppliers

Gas supply from Europe to Ukraine may stimulate pricing of Russian import.

July 8, 2013

OMV Continues Expansion in Norway

OMV has been awarded six additional offshore exploration licenses in Norway, acting as operator for two of them.

July 5, 2013

OMV Petrom Set World Record in Casing Drilling.

OMV Petrom, the largest oil and gas producer in Southeastern Europe, set a world record in the field of casing drilling in terms of diameter of drilling column and depth.

July 5, 2013

Visegrad Four Support Ukraine’s EU Integration

At the V4 summit in Wisla/Poland Slovak President Gasparovic announced yesterday that the V4 countries are interested in Ukraine’s successful European integration, particularly in signing the Assciation Agreement with the EU.

July 4, 2013

Hungarian MOL to Invest $ 38m in Romanian Exploration

Hungarian oil and gas company MOL plans to invest $ 38m in the exploration and production of hydrocarbon resources in Western Romania.

July 3, 2013