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Russia can become world’s top natural gas producer

With the biggest natural gas reserves on the planet, Russia could become the world’s number one producer of the fuel, according to Ben van Beurden, the CEO of Anglo-Dutch energy major Shell.

The top executive says that rapidly increasing demand for natural gas has occurred due to the worldwide trend aimed at forcing out coal from power generation and the widening opportunity of available renewable energy sources.

“Russia’s chances in the field are huge,” van Beurden wrote in an article for RIA Novosti, stressing that the country is the world’s largest exporter of natural gas.

“It is the second largest producer of natural gas. It could be the largest,” he said.

Van Beurden stated that Russian energy giant Gazprom managed to implement the Nord Stream pipeline project over the past 20 years, as well as launching Sakhalin-2, Russia’s first facility for producing liquefied natural gas (LNG), in cooperation with Shell. The Russian state-run corporation is building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and is working on Baltic LNG, a new enterprise implemented in partnership with Shell.

“And that’s just a small token of what has been done over the past 20 years. The potential for the next 20 years is even greater. With Russia’s fine track record in the industry, with its superb academic strength driving innovation and with its sheer depth of natural resource, the opportunity is there for the taking,” the CEO said.

Van Beurden added that Russia has broad perspectives to build up an industry that would be useful not only for the country, but vital for the world’s push to tackle climate change.

According to Russia’s energy ministry, Russia produced 725.17 billion cubic meters of gas in 2018. The country was topped only by the US, which produced 861.5 billion cubic meters, according to the US Energy Information Administration.


185 Comments on "Russia can become world’s top natural gas producer"

  1. Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 3:57 am 

    PB CW2 update

    “France To Ban Yellow Vest Protests In Neighborhoods With “Ultra” Radicals” zero hedge

    “France is cracking down on “yellow vest” protesters following a weekend of renewed violence – as the Macron administration announced on Monday that it would ban demonstration in several areas of france – including the Champs Elysees in Paris, if “ultra elements” are present, according to Interior Minister Edouard Philippe. ‘We will ban demonstrations if ultra elements’ are present, said Philippe, according to CNEWS. The ban will apply to “neighborhoods that have been most affected as soon as we have knowledge of” the “ultras.” “I am thinking of course the Champs-Elysees in Paris, the place Pey-Berland in Bordeaux, the Capitol Square in Toulouse”, Philippe added, where “we will proceed to the immediate dispersal of all groups.”

  2. Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 4:13 am 

    “The Destabilization Of Algeria: New Refugee Influx & A Threat To Europe’s Energy Security” oriental review

    “Despite being laid to rest countless times, the Arab Spring has continued where it was least expected. Algeria has the same explosive cocktail as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria, of course: a young, rapidly growing urban population deprived of jobs and opportunities; corruption and poverty amid opulent wealth and luxury; uneasy relationships between ethnic groups

    “If the situation in Algeria comes to bloodshed, then it is unlikely that other countries will stay on the sidelines. Europe will be forced to intervene, if only to prevent a new wave of refugees from Arab countries.”

    “The dissatisfaction of Algerians is being spurred on by the unfavourable social and economic situation in the country. The protesters are demanding pro-Western reforms and they’re demanding changes in the country. According to unofficial sources, more than one million people took part in the protests in Algeria on 1 March. The lack of a viable successor and the inability of the current elite to solve the economic crisis are contributing to the uncertainty of Algeria’s political future, something that the current regime’s main opponents – the Islamists – will inevitably try to take advantage of”

    “The destabilisation of Algeria will undoubtedly cause problems for Europe. Besides the inevitable influx of new refugees, Europe could also face a threat to its energy security, given that Algeria provides a third of the gas consumed in Europe and as much as half of the gas consumed in Spain.”

    “The US will also not fail to take advantage of the complex situation in Algeria. Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, Washington will easily be able to implement plans to penetrate and consolidate its positions in the Sahel-Sahara Region. A large-scale military presence will also allow the US to secure its interests in reorienting Algeria’s energy policy towards the development of shale gas and implementing its strategic objective of organising the supply of this raw material to Europe.”

  3. Anonymouse on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 4:19 am 

    You dont ‘work’ cloggenkike. Nobody would hire a retard like you to begin with. You and davy turd, spam here non-stop. Just as he doesn’t ‘farm’, you do not ‘work, in any recognized capacity either.

    Fucking dipshit. The only ‘work you’ll do today, is que up more spam, since you wont get banned for it. Though you would have been gone ages ago anyplace else. You and the delusional turd both.

  4. Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 4:35 am 

    “A Dead Whale with 88 Pounds of Trash in Its Stomach Washed up in the Philippines” motherboard

    “A dead whale has washed up in the Philippines with 88 pounds of garbage in its stomach, perhaps the most human waste ever found inside of a whale. The young male Cuvier’s beaked whale was discovered on Saturday with “16 rice sacks, 4 banana plantation style bags and multiple shopping bags,” Darrell Blatchley, owner of the D’Bone Collector Museum in the Philippines, wrote on Facebook.”

    “The Philippines ranks as one of the world’s largest producers of plastic marine waste, generating 2.7 million tons of it annually according to a 2015 study by the Ocean Conservancy. The archipelago, which is home to more than 100 million people, churns out an average of 4,609 tons of plastic waste daily—notably single-use sachets for food or other products—according to another 2015 study published in Science.”

  5. Cloggie on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 5:17 am 

    Nobody forced the US to instigate a murderous civil war in Syria, you murderous scumbag. Syria was not yet member of the empire and Washington (on Israeli instructions) wanted go change that. Iraq 2003 same story. And 9/11 was the false flag to create the pretext. Even mobster admits that. The ZOG-USA is a maffia state that needs to be taken out.

  6. Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 5:24 am 

    “Nobody forced the US to instigate a murderous civil war in Syria, you murderous scumbag.”

    Europe was part of the instigation, especially France. Russia and the Assad family deserve the majority of the blame. The Assad family supported by USSR gave Syria 40 years of brutality, cloggo.

  7. Cloggie on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 5:46 am 

    Demolition of the west latest: top German politician wants to expell US ambassador

    Reason: unbearable interference in German affairs.

  8. Cloggie on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 5:57 am 

    The Hidden Hand Behind History:

    “Stunned Theresa May prepares to take on Bercow after his ‘sabotage’ of her deal – as Brexiteers glimpse the ‘great escape’ from the EU and civil servants reveal their no deal ‘war room’ with TEN DAYS and to go”

    And the Jew made his move to prevent the kosher empire from falling apart.

  9. Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 7:44 am 

    Come to think of it, this is not my personal 2000 word salad/ zerohedge copy and paste spam site either.

    My apologies for being such an arrogant dumbass Cloggie Sir.

  10. Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 7:51 am 

    Oops, sorry everyone. Wrong link again.

  11. Gaia on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 8:02 am 

    What if people can set aside their differences and learn to get along with one another?

  12. JuanO the wounded whiner on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 8:06 am 

    JuanO, your life is so useless and without substance. Your daily duty is to attack Davy on a obscure forum. You represent the lowest that has come to this site. I am so glad I kicked your ass and now your feelings are hurt. I welcome your daily demonstrations of stupid. Victory!! You need to be banned and I hope someday deported for being an illegal alien.

    Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 7:44 am

    Come to think of it, this is not my personal 2000 word salad/ zerohedge copy and paste spam site either.

    My apologies for being such an arrogant dumbass Cloggie Sir.

    Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 7:51 am

    Oops, sorry everyone. Wrong link again.

  13. More Davy Sock Puppetry and Projections on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 8:36 am 

    JuanO the wounded whiner on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 8:06 am

  14. Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 8:44 am 

    JuanO the whiner, how can I project being an illegal alien? You are the stupid south American who is here in the US illegally. Go back to Venezuela where you belong.

  15. Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 8:49 am 

    Oops, sorry everyone.

    JuanP is legally entitled to live in the US for as long as he wants to and that really upsets me.

  16. Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 8:57 am 

    Now that I think about it JuanP didn’t say he was from Venezuela either? Sorry again everyone for being so delusional.

  17. JuanP on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 9:02 am 

    I am illegal and proud of it. I believe in free lunches. My country sucks so that is why I am a gimmigrant.

    The above was not the Real Davy. Makati1 is stealing identities again

  18. Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 11:48 am 

    JuanP said he’s been paying taxes in the US for 20 years, without all of the privileges I get. I have no idea what to believe cause this is an Internet forum. JuanP could be director of the Miami Police for all I know, or he could be a 13 year old girl in a mental ward like me.

    Hard to tell.

  19. JuanP on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 12:00 pm 

    I am a playboy living large stealing from the locals and proud of it. I hate the US and Americans. My comments support this. All that one needs to do is research what I have said here on this forum for years now to verify this.

  20. Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 12:03 pm 

    above not Juan obv.

  21. fmr-paultard on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 12:08 pm 

    Oops, sorry. Wrong sock.

    Davy on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 12:03 pm

  22. JuanO Identity theft and socks on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 12:51 pm 

    The above two post are illegal alien JuanO the whiner.

  23. intellectual nematode Alert! on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 3:24 pm 

    Davy Identity theft and socks on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 12:51 pm

  24. Dredd on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 4:20 pm 

    Why don’t they just become cattle ranchers because then they don’t have to go through all that trouble of fraking things up (The Authoritarianism of Climate Change).

  25. I AM THE MOB on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 4:21 pm 

    The Nazis were unable to make the trains run on time: “By 1940, tens of thousands of freight cars were frozen in miles of log jams.”

  26. makati1 on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 7:41 pm 

    The noose is tightening on Americans…

    “last year the US government cancelled 362,000 passports, all from people who they believed owed some back taxes.

    I say ‘believed’ because they don’t actually have to prove it….Aside from taxes, the government can also deny or revoke a passport if you owe (or if they believe that you owe) more than $2,500 worth of child support….

    Starting in 2021, Americans will require permission to visit Europe… technically the 26 borderless countries within Europe’s Schengen area….”

    BTW: “For instance, a German passport is ranked 7th best in the world, because it gives you visa free access to 158 countries which cover almost 60% of the Earth’s surface, and account for 77% of the world’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product)… A US passport falls 26th in the rankings.”

    Get out of Dodge (America) now! LOL

  27. makati1 on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 8:27 pm 

    “Writing for Americans, unless for their entertainment, is a challenging undertaking. One reason is that many, especially of the younger generations, no longer have a concept of objective truth….

    For them “truth” is simply a bias reflecting one’s race, gender, upbringing or predisposition. Emotion overwhelms fact….

    Another reason is that many Americans confuse an explanation with a justification. …

    Yet another reason is that some races and genders have succeeded in defining any criticism of themselves as an expression of bias….

    Another reason is that American patriots regard criticism of US policies, especially wars, as anti-American and as taking the side of the enemy against one’s own country…

    In a world such as this, honest ordinary language is risky as many are not attending to the cogency of the analysis but looking for indications of racism and sexism. Exposure of government deceptions gets one branded “anti-American” with the result that people cling more tightly to the lie that deceives them.”

    Brainwashed Americans are conditioned to stupidity. The ability to rationally think things through for themselves is burned out of them by constant propaganda. They are being divided into packs that prey on each other rather than uniting to control the government. Exactly what their elite bosses want. Tax serfs they can bleed to death and not fear.

  28. JuanP on Tue, 19th Mar 2019 8:46 pm 

    Davy, you are incorrigible, which explains the need for your constant neutering and moderation. I committed to this herculean effort last summer and I am a man of my word. Otherwise, you will overrun this forum with right-wing conspiracy theories and all things Trump. At least I had the guts to recognize the error of my Trumptardian ways with one caveat. I applaud President Trump for destroying the American empire from within. Thanks to President Trump, the empire’s international reputation has been permanently fractured.

  29. makati1 on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 3:33 am 

    “…observing post-9/11, post-Iraq/Afghanistan defeat, Washington play imperialism these days is tragicomically absurd. The emperor has no clothes, folks. Sure, America (for a few more fleeting years) boasts the world’s dominant economy, sure its dotted the globe with a few hundred military bases, and sure it’s military still outspends the next seven competitors combined. Nonetheless, what’s remarkable, what constitutes the real story of 2019, is this: the US empire can’t seem to accomplish anything anymore, can’t seem to bend anybody to its will. It’s almost sad to watch. America, the big-hulking has-been on the block, still struts its stuff, but most of the world simply ignores it….

    It turns out that low-tech, cheap insurgent tactics, when combined with impassioned nationalism, can bog down the “world’s best military” indefinitely. It seems, too, that other regional heavyweights – Russia, China, Iran, North Korea – stand ready to call America’s nuclear bluff. That they know the US all-volunteer military and consumerist economy can’t ultimately absorb the potential losses a conventional war would demand. Even scarier for the military-industrial-congressional-media establishment is the logical extension of all this accumulated failure: the questionable efficacy of military force in the 21st century….

    So Trump and his recycled neocons will continue to rant and rave and threaten Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba, and so on and so forth. America will still flex its aging, sagging muscles – a reflexive habit at this point. Only now it’ll seem sad. Because no one is paying attention anymore.”

    The American Eagle has molted and is now the American sparrow. 3rd world, here it comes!

  30. Robert Inget on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 7:44 am 


    An estimated 4,500 Avista Utilities customers in Ashland affected by a natural gas outage Tuesday morning might not see full service for another two to three days, the company said in a news release.

    Residents and restaurant owners situated between the Ashland airport and downtown face the prospect of days without heat for their homes or water or power to open their businesses.

    “It’s really bad,” said Birong Hutabart, owner of Blue Toba restaurant on Ashland Street. “But I don’t know how to react to not being able to earn money the next two, three days.”

    The outage, which occurred because of a drop in pressure in the natural gas pipeline, was first reported in an update from the city of Ashland. Avista notified the city that customers are affected, but customers discussing the outage on social media said they had not received any alert from the company.

    Avista’s outage app, according to its website, provides updates on outages. Customers can also sign up for text notifications by texting “REG” to 284782.

    Avista did not immediately respond to questions delivered through the 24/7 media line Tuesday afternoon. The company said in its news release that all natural gas crews in the area and others from farther away are being deployed to restore service.

    Hutabart said he first noticed that his gas stove at Blue Toba wasn’t functioning properly when he arrived at the restaurant around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. He said the pressure increased slightly a few hours later, enabling him to cook a couple of dishes, but another hour and a half after opening, the gas flow was completely shut off.

    Avista said in its release that before crews come to relight affected customers’ pilot lights, service for some may be shut off entirely for safety reasons.

    “This is done for the safety of our customers, communities and employees, but we understand that this is an inconvenience and appreciate the patience of our customers,” the release said.

    (Ashland, OR is the last stop in a fifty year old pipeline that begins in Canada)

    Efforts to replace the existing PL with a larger has been fought tooth and nail.
    Clearly, the old PL needs replacement before a real disaster.

  31. Robert Inget on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 9:33 am 

    Holy Shit! Uber Bullish

    Summary of Weekly Petroleum Data for the week ending March 15, 2019
    U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged 16.2 million barrels per day during the week
    ending March 15, 2019, which was 178,000 barrels per day more than the previous
    week’s average. Refineries operated at 88.9% of their operable capacity last week.
    Gasoline production increased last week, averaging 9.9 million barrels per day. Distillate
    fuel production increased last week, averaging 4.9 million barrels per day.
    U.S. crude oil imports averaged 6.9 million barrels per day last week, up by 186,000
    barrels per day from the previous week. Over the past four weeks, crude oil imports
    averaged about 6.6 million barrels per day, 11.2% less than the same four-week period
    last year. Total motor gasoline imports (including both finished gasoline and gasoline
    blending components) last week averaged 793,000 barrels per day, and distillate fuel
    imports averaged 102,000 barrels per day.
    U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum
    Reserve) decreased by 9.6 million barrels from the previous week. At 439.5 million
    barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are about 2% below the five year average for this time
    of year. Total motor gasoline inventories decreased by 4.6 million barrels last week and
    are about 2% above the five year average for this time of year. Finished gasoline and
    blending components inventories both decreased last week. Distillate fuel inventories
    decreased by 4.1 million barrels last week and are about 4% below the five year average
    for this time of year. Propane/propylene inventories increased by 1.0 million barrels last
    week and are about 14% above the five year average for this time of year. Total
    commercial petroleum inventories decreased last week by 12.6 million barrels last week.
    Total products supplied over the last four-week period averaged 21.1 million barrels per
    day, up by 2.8% from the same period last year. Over the past four weeks, motor gasoline
    product supplied averaged 9.1 million barrels per day, down by 1.4% from the same
    period last year. Distillate fuel product supplied averaged 4.2 million barrels per day over
    the past four weeks, up by 8.2% from the same period last year. Jet fuel product supplied
    was up 7.2% compared with the same four-week period last year.

  32. makati1 on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 9:23 pm 

    Bobby Idgit, and what is that pile of bullshit all about? Please clarify?

  33. Robert Inget on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 12:53 pm 

    Three minutes after 10:30 almost every Wednesday, I often post the weekly EIA Report
    dealing with oil imports/exports/US consumption/
    but most of all what seems to count on oil markets would be INVENTORY. (like looking at your bank balance before writing a check or one’s
    line of credit.

    Last week (and prior week) were historic and folkloric. IOW’s our (crude oil) balance is in deficit. Deep deficit. Several reasons.
    1) consumption (all those SUV’s and five ton pick-ups) Electrics represent a tiny portion of sales.

    2) Venezuelan heavy crude, absent, entirely.
    (w/o Venezuelan heavy refinery friendly crude
    it’s difficult to supply all the diesel we will be needing now that spring has sprung).
    IOW’s over stocked in light gasoline making crude
    and short Venezuelan product.
    Venezuela has the largest stash of heavy US refinery compatible on planet.

    3) OPEC (KSA really) needs $80 crude to continue
    wars on barefoot Muslims in Yemen, Syria, even Qatar. Wars are very expensive when one needs to import every single weapon and tech.
    Saudi Arabia has been pumping full bore trying to
    kill off US shale production. Seeing low oil prices
    are not working, KSA has cut back exports to the US, (where it counts). Even Russia and Canada
    are cooperating, cutting exports to US, not China and India. (Canada can’t export much if any oil
    w/o a proper pipeline to BC coast). Canada is stuck have to sell oil to the US at deep discounts
    cause Canada has but a single customer.

    Canada has plenty of heavy. BUT pipelines were never constructed due to enviro pressure.
    While Canada is our #1 supplier, all existing PL
    capacity has already be contracted for.

    Bottom line, we are exporting light shale crude at
    below market prices because we can’t use it economically. Note, we are selling off our SPR
    to US refineries to keep them operating.
    The question I always like to ask, when SPR is drained, ‘What Then?’

  34. makati1 on Thu, 21st Mar 2019 5:38 pm 

    Bobby, who cares? Only you. You are obviously invested in the oily business and you are seeing its end is in sight. The next crash will end BAU. Yes, there will be oil to use. Yes, it will be necessary. But, it will not make you rich without sweat. Those days are about over. It will be nationalized and then….?

    Fracking should never have begun. It is a sign of desperation, not abundance. it has been a losing proposition from day one. It also is so low on the NET energy scale as to be almost worthless. But then, few real costs are ever included in the profit numbers are they? Gotta keep the casino in business, even if it destroys the country.

    Speaking of destroying the country and YOUR way of life…GO TRUMP!

  35. Robert Inget on Fri, 22nd Mar 2019 11:41 am 

    The first oil well was fracced in the 19th Century.

    History of fracking:

    History of Fracking. Fracturing shallow, hard rock wells to extract oil dates back to the 1860s. During that time, nitroglycerin or dynamite was used to increase oil and natural gas output from petroleum-bearing formations. In the late 1940s, petroleum engineers used fracking as a means of increasing well production.
    Fracking – Investopedia

    I believe makati intended to say; “It’s a shame super computers allowed drillers to ‘steer’ drill pipe horizontally for MILES through oil bearing shale. AKA “tight rock”.

    Fact; rich oil bearing shale only exists in a few spots in NA. Even fewer in South America, almost none in Europe. Our fossil fuel future lies w/ Natural Gas as to date only speculators have turned a profit from ‘tight rock shale’.

    Had super computers never been put to the task of oil drilling Makati would be fretting about oil sands in Canada and Venezuela.
    (Venezuela #1 Alberta #2 world reserves)

    Makati is right about there will always be oil.
    It’s only a question of how much it costs to
    bring it to your ICE powered AG tractor.

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