Daily Archives: 12.12.2018

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The Arc7 tankers of the Yamal LNG project, which Russian gas producer Novatek is implementing jointly with its foreign partners, can be allowed to carry liquefied natural gas along the Northern Sea Route. Instructions to this effect are being coordinated and will be submitted to the government for approval by the end of the year, Transport Minister Yevgeny Ditrikh said.
Foto: RIA Novosti. Evgeniy Odinokov
Foto: RIA Novosti. Evgeniy Odinokov

“As per your instructions issued in the Far East, we have discussed Novatek’s proposals regarding the vessels which were being built before the adoption of the law on coastal shipping [that prohibits the use of ships flying foreign flags. — Ed.],” Ditrikh said at a meeting on Arctic development chaired by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

“These proposals concern 15 tankers that were built at foreign shipyards. We have drafted a government instruction concerning them. It is being coordinated now for submission to the government by the end of the year,” the transport minister said.

Novatek CEO Leonid Mikhelson noted that they had asked for a three-year permit for 15 Arc7 tankers. “We have asked Mr. Ditrikh that the permits for the chartered tankers be issued for a three-year period, and we have also discussed this at a meeting with [Deputy Prime Minister Maxim] Akimov. Our request specifically concerns three-year permits,” the Novatek CEO said.

Mikhelson told the media back in August that they had asked the Transport Ministry not to restrict the issue of Northern Sea Route permits to Russian tankers only, because the recent amendments to the Merchant Shipping Code precluded the use of the 15 foreign gas tankers for carrying LNG from the Yamal project.

Later in August, Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Transport Ministry and the Industry and Trade Ministry to analyze by September 10 the issue of the coastal shipping of LNG and gas condensate by foreign-flag ships. In October, the government instructed the two ministries to prepare proposals by November 20 on the delivery of LNG by sea from Novatek’s projects.

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The Russian Biathlon Union will support the application of the Tyumen region for hosting the Champions Race in April 2019.

This decision was taken at the business meeting of Governor of the region Alexander Moor and the President of the Russian Biathlon Union Vladimir Drachev that took place on Friday, December 7, in the Pearl of Siberia Winter Sports Center.

Фото: t-l.ru
Фото: t-l.ru

The meeting was also attended by RBU Sports Vice-President Sergey Chepikov, Deputy Governor Olga Kuznechevskikh, Director of the Physical Education, Sports and Supplementary Education Department of the Tyumen Region Dmitry Gramotin, as well as Head of the regional federation of ski racing and biathlon Mikhail Ilii and Director of Pearl of Siberia Anatoliy Emelianov.

The Head of the region stressed the importance of holding the major events in the regional winter sports center: “It is one of the three A-grade biathlon complexes in the country and it is known and loved by fans. Biathlon lovers from 20 regions came here to watch the latest competitions, so it should not be left out from the international schedule. That is why we form an application to hold this season’s Champions Race. We plan to host it in early April and invite both biathletes and skiers: we already used such a format of the competition and the public enjoyed it”, said Alexander Moor, ensuring the Head of the RBU that the competitions will be organized at the highest level possible.

“The Tyumen region has vast experience in hosting the sports events at the largest scale, rich biathlon traditions and one of the world’s best biathlon stadiums. I believe that Tyumen will successfully cope with the task of hosting the competitions. We are ready to send an application from the region to the IBU already at our next meeting with the representatives of the International biathlon Union”, said Vladimir Drachev, adding that the Tyumen region is the base region for the training of Russian national biathlon team and for the holding of major competitions. He expressed confidence that the existing infrastructure must be used comprehensively throughout the year.

Andrei Osipov
Source: Press service of the Governor of the Tyumen region

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Ugra governor Natalia Komarova held working meeting with the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the French Republic to Russia Sylvie Bermann in Moscow.
Фото: youtube.com
Фото: youtube.com

The sides discussed possibilities for strengthening and expanding economic and cultural ties, the results of the visit of the delegation of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce to Ugra, where agreements were reached on enhancing cooperation. In particular, ARMO and TechnipFMC companies were invited to become residents of the high-tech technology park.

In addition, Ugra side proposed to the French company Legrand, which is engaged in production of electrical products, to launch production in the industrial park in Surgut.

During the conversation, it was noted that another important area of ​​partnership is cooperation of Ugra higher education institutions with French universities. For example, agreements between Ugra State University and Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University, Surgut State Pedagogical University and the French Embassy in Russia about joining the network of language partners are already in force.

Natalia Komarova invited Mrs. Bermann to take part in international events held in Ugra in 2019: the Spirit of Fire Debut Film Festival, Ugra Industrial Forum, Save and Preserve environmental campaign, an international IT forum with the participation of the BRICS and SCO countries, humanitarian forum “Civil Initiatives of the Regions of 60th Parallel.”