Russia Implements Six-Month Ban on Gasoline Exports from March 1


In a move to stabilize domestic prices and facilitate refinery maintenance, Russia has announced a six-month prohibition on gasoline exports starting March 1. The ban, approved by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, aims to address surging demand from consumers and farmers while mitigating the impact of recent attacks on Russian refineries. Deputy Prime…

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Foreign shareholders freeze participation in Russia’s Arctic LNG 2


MOSCOW: Foreign shareholders suspended participation in the Arctic LNG 2 project due to sanctions, renouncing their responsibilities for financing and for offtake contracts for the new Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, the daily Kommersant reported on Monday. The project, seen as a key element in Russia’s drive to boost its LNG global market share to 20 percent by 2030…

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Pakistan eyes BRICS membership, seeks Russia’s help


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has applied for BRICS membership and sought Russia’s support, the country’s envoy to Moscow Muhammad Khalid Jamali has said. There has been no comment from the Foreign Office without whose approval Jamali (who is yet to present his credentials) would not have made this revelation. According to media reports, Jamali was talking to the Russian news agency TASS…

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Plan for G2G oil deal with Russia shelved


Govt allows refineries to enter into direct commercial contracts with Russian firms ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to shelve plans for a long-term oil import deal with Russia under a government-to-government (G2G) arrangement and has allowed refineries to strike direct commercial agreements with companies of the European nation. Earlier, Pakistan and Russia agreed to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle…

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Riyadh, Moscow talk oil amid ME crisis


MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia and Russia, the world’s top two oil exporters, on Wednesday discussed the situation on the oil market and prices amid the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, President Vladimir Putin’s top oil official said. Crude oil prices spiked in the wake of a massive incursion into Israel from Gaza launched by Hamas on October 7. Russian Deputy…

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Russian crude provides only Re1 benefit on per litre petrol, PM told


ISLAMABAD: Briefing caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Russian crude’s impact on POL prices, the Petroleum Division said that the maximum benefit of Russian crude is quite nominal of Re1 per liter petrol and diesel. It added that importing Russian crude involved two risks, including 30-36 days of transportation and 60 percent production of furnace oil that has to be…

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Minister for Energy vows to aggressively pursue the TAPI project


Ambassador of Turkmenistan H.E. Atadjan Movlamov called on Interim Federal Minister for Energy Muhammad Ali here today.Ambassador extended his congratulations to Minister on assuming his new portfolio and exchanged pleasantries.Minister for Energy expressed his gratitude and passed on the regards from Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar. “PM is pleased that the TAPI project is dealt on priority basis.”Both…

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PRL says Russian crude ‘technically, commercially feasible’


KARACHI: The Pakistan Refinery Limited (PRL) has said that it would again process Russian crude “when available at favourable commercial terms”, denying the impression that it has suspended the use of Russian crude oil because of processing issues. In a release on Sunday, the refinery insisted that Russian crude was successfully processed and the “spot deal was technically and commercially…

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Russian oil imports face port, refinery, currency constraints


KARACHI: Pakistan is unlikely to meet a target for Russian crude to make up two-thirds of its oil imports, despite attractive prices, hampered by a shortage of foreign currency and limitations at its refineries and ports, officials and analysts say. The cash-strapped South Asian nation became Russia’s latest customer snapping up discounted crude that has been banned from European markets…

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