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Kazakstan, Kashagan, production, oil, gas, Caspian Sea

Costs for the development have swelled to about $50 billion as the industry copes with lower commodity prices, prompting concern among analysts about project partners’ capex recovery.

Gazprom Neft, Arctic, Russia, Prirazlomnoye

Despite much of the upstream industry’s Arctic ambitions being in deep freeze, Russia has been quietly operating its handful of producing projects with little fuss.

Russia, IHS CERAWeek, oil, production, JKX Oil & Gas, OMZ, Thane Gustafson

Despite the downturn and sanctions, Russia has grown production but there are signs of fragility in the energy sector, panelists say.

“Russia is increasingly looking east and the various deals made between Rosneft and China are likely to see more Russian crude head to China permanently,” an analyst told Bloomberg.

The company plans to more than double its oil and gas production from overseas fields in four years.

Deepwater International

Oil is now flowing from the last of three shallow water but very harsh environment fields developed by ExxonMobil in the sub-Arctic Sakhalin area off the east coast of Russia.

Exploration

Rosneft had misgivings about the resources of the deposits, a Rosneft spokesman said. The company also did not agree with the sales terms.

Houston-based Schlumberger applied to the watchdog for approval to buy the stake in late July in a deal widely seen as testing the state of relations between Russia and the U.S.

Gazprom's interests in Bangladesh are represented by Gazprom International, a specialized company aimed at implementing oil and gas projects outside Russia.

OMV said the deal would reduce the group’s production costs, adding it would be entitled to the field’s dividends starting 2017, with annual payments of about $200 million expected in the mid-term.

Rosneft said the number of drilling rigs will increase by 19% following the deal, Reuters reported.

Production

Rosneft has said it could delay the start of production at some new fields, namely east Siberia’s Uyrubcheno-Tokhomskoye and Russkoye in the northern Yamal Nenets region.

Iran and Russia signed a deal on March 14 to develop two oil fields in Iran, according to Iranian state TV.

"We are looking at the situation as a whole [and] see that the stockpiles have been shrinking anyway," Russia's Alexander Novack said adding that the U.S. shale oil increase doesn't cover both the demand rise and production decrease.

Russian oil output stood at 10.95 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d) in January, virtually unchanged from December, as increases at foreign-led projects outweighed falls at Rosneft and Lukoil, data showed on Feb. 2.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry was speaking at a rare joint panel with Russian and Saudi energy ministers, Alexander Novak and Khalid al-Falih, at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Technology

ExxonMobil’s exit from projects will not affect the Sakhalin project off the eastern coast of Russia, ExxonMobil and Rosneft spokesmen said.

The U.S. sanctions list also now includes Sergey Topor-Gilka, head of the Russian engineering company Technopromexport, as well as multiple subsidiaries of oil producer Surgutneftegaz.

Novatek has reached an agreement to acquire the Chernichnoye Field from oil company Mangazeya JSC, the company said on Dec. 11.

Russia’s Gazprom Neft will work with the world’s largest oil producer Saudi Aramco in hard-to-recover oil production and on a technology known as hydraulic fracturing, Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov said on Oct. 18.

The fund between Russia and Saudi Arabia was part of efforts by two of the world's biggest oil producers to expand cooperation, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said.