|TOPIC OF THE ISSUE|
|Colin Chapman: Russian refiners need to be proactive in order to sustain fuels supplies|
This year's Russia's Refining Technology Conference (RRTC) organized by Euro Petroleum Consultants brought together in Moscow unprecedented amount of participants.
|EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION|
|Russia's offshore: new development impetus|
10th international conference and exhibition on O&G development in Russia's Arctic and CIS offshore — RAO/CIS Offshore 2011
The 10th RAO/CIS Offshore 2011 took place on 13-16 September in St. Petersburg (Russia) raising Russia's offshore development issues.
|Shukhrat Danbay: we achieved stability of Pavlodar refinery operation|
Kazakhstan motor fuel market trends in the recent years had been quite challenging. Producing more than 1.6mn b/d (80mn t/y) of crude oil, Kazakhstan had seen fuels shortage entailing queues at the retail outlets as well as dependence on the motor fuels and bitumen import. Still, the country's fuel market situation stabilized following 163,000b/d Pavlodar refinery's controlling stake acquisition in 2009 by the state-owned KazMunayGaz (KMG). OILMARKET enjoyed an opportunity to meet with Pavlodar refinery general director Dr Shukhrat Danbay and to ask him several questions about the refinery's recent advance.
|Oldrich Navratil: Large-scale projects experience is the strategic asset for a dynamic and sustainable development!|
Oldrich Navratil — Russia's Moscow-based Gubkin O&G university graduate, reputable O&G refining and petrochemistry expert well-known in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine — was among the fist Czech specialist to approach O&G refining projects in the FSU in the 1990s and the 2000s using the best international practices.
|Sheer delight of marine retail|
A lot of people look at petroleum business through the colour glasses. They are hard to convince that it is stressful and in most cases «low-margin» endeavor, which can hardly parallel the swing of the new economics or the beer or perfume business. The motor fuels retailing business arises illusions of the big and easy money among the public. This was probably one of the factors which inspired Soviet propaganda films like «Queen of the petrol station».
|… And justice for all|
Retail outlets have always been a «fair game» for robbers — that is the way the world goes. Sparkling as a Christmas tree toy, it is a desired «victim» for those intending to make easy money. George Wright's story is probably the best example of what a bad turn the things can take.
|KODA: high grade equipment — reasonable pricing|
Ukraine's leading weighting and measuring equipment producer Kharkiv-based KODA introduced an innovative static weighbridge Module-A ensuring high-accuracy measurement at a quite competitive price.