Business news from Ukraine

G-7 COUNTRIES PLEDGE TO PHASE OUT RUSSIAN OIL IMPORTS

The G7 countries have committed themselves to phase out or ban the import of Russian oil, according to a statement posted on the White House website on Sunday.
“This will hit the main artery of Putin’s economy hard and deprive him of the income he needs to finance the war. The G7 also committed to working together to secure stable global energy supplies while stepping up our efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

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UKRAINE TO CONTINUE SEEKING FOR IMPOSING OIL EMBARGO ON RUSSIA

The leadership of Ukraine will continue to seek the introduction of an oil embargo on Russia.
“Unfortunately, we have not reached the oil embargo yet. We will continue to work to convince our partners of the oil embargo,” the head of the President’s Office wrote on Tuesday in his Telegram channel.
Thus, he commented on the introduction by the European Union of the fifth package of sanctions against the Russian Federation.
Earlier, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced proposals for new sanctions of the fifth EU package against the Russian Federation.

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UKRNAFTA INCREASES OIL WITH CONDENSATE PRODUCTION BY 5.6%

In January 2022, PJSC Ukrnafta increased oil and condensate production by 5.6% (by 6,900 tonnes) compared to the same period in 2021, to 130,500 tonnes, the company’s press service reported on Monday.
According to it, gas production increased by 3.6% (by 3.3 million cubic meters), to 94.5 million cubic meters.
In addition, production of liquefied gas in January 2022 at the company’s plants increased by 10% (by 990 tonnes) compared to January last year, to 10,870 tonnes.
Ukrnafta clarified that the increase in production is associated with efficient operation of the existing well stock and a reduction in equipment downtime. In addition, commissioned oil well No. 103 at the Verkhnomaslovetske field (Lviv region) had a positive effect on production activities.
“Ukrnafta is making efforts to increase hydrocarbon production, particularly of natural gas. This is an important task both in terms of supplying the domestic market with natural gas during high seasonal demand and for strengthening the country’s energy independence in the long term,” the company said.
Ukrnafta owns 85 special permits for production of hydrocarbons, and has 1,809 oil and 153 gas wells on its balance sheet. The company owns 537 filling stations.
NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy owns 50% plus 1 share of the largest oil producing company in the country, and a group of companies associated with the former shareholders of PrivatBank owns about 42% of the shares.

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UKRAINE PREPARES DECISION IN RESPOND TO OIL PRICES INCREASE

Ukraine is preparing decisions in response to the rise in world prices for oil and, accordingly, for petroleum products, First Deputy Prime Minister Yulia Svyrydenko stated.
“Now we see that oil prices are rising at a fast pace, followed by rising prices for petrol and diesel fuel in Ukraine. The government will make the necessary decisions, we are now developing a comprehensive plan to stabilize the situation,” she said during a meeting of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Kharkiv.

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UKRAINES OIL IMPORT INCREASES BY 17.3% IN 11 MONTHS

Ukraine in January-November 2021 increased imports of oil and petroleum raw materials (according to foreign economic activity code 2709) by 17.3% (by 199,077 tonnes) compared to the same period in 2020 – to 1.350 million tonnes.
According to the State Customs Service, over 11 months, raw materials worth $ 694.733 million were imported, which is 1.8 times more than in January-November 2020 ($ 377.031 million), including from Azerbaijan – for $ 485.761 million, Algeria – for $ 100.146 million, Libya – for $ 92.303 million, other countries – for $ 16.523 million.
In addition, Ukraine in January-November 2021 exported 89,963 tonnes of oil to Romania for $ 27.133 million. This volume was exported in March by the international trader Trafigura. The resource was purchased from JSC Ukrtransnafta, which, in turn, in the spring of 2020 bought it at a decline in prices for subsequent resale.
The export of oil and crude oil by Ukraine in January-November 2020 amounted to 80,000 tonnes for $ 24.351 million. Exports were carried out to Belarus by Ukrtransnafta, which in the spring of 2020, amid the decline in prices, bought Azerbaijani oil with its subsequent sale to its subsidiary BNK.

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UKRNAFTA CUTS PRODUCTION OF OIL IN JAN-SEPT

PJSC Ukrnafta in January-September 2021 reduced oil and condensate production by 1.1% (by 12,200 tonnes) compared to the same period in 2020, to 1.122 million tonnes, including in September production grew by 2.1% compared to September 2020, to 125,500 tonnes.
As the company told Interfax-Ukraine, gas production in the first nine months of 2021 fell by 3.4% (by 29 million cubic meters), to 832.8 million cubic meters, including in September it rose by 4.9%, to 94.6 million cubic meters.
Ukrnafta said that the average daily production has been growing since the beginning of the year, in particular, in September 2021 this figure for oil with condensate amounted to 4,180 tonnes, which is 4.8% more than in January 2021, for gas it was 3.15 million cubic meters, which is 7.3% more than in January 2021.
Ukrnafta is the largest oil company in the country. NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy owns 50% + 1 share in Ukrnafta, a group of companies associated with the former shareholders of PrivatBank – about 42% of shares.
Ukrnafta has 85 licenses for the production of hydrocarbons, it has 1,809 oil and 153 gas wells on its balance sheet. The company owns 537 filling stations.

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