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INSIGHT - RUSSIA/EUROPE - nat gas money & influence

Released on 2012-03-02 10:00 GMT

Email-ID 1787633
Date 2010-08-13 19:44:01
***LG: we've been looking at the energy sector's income into the Russian
government. There is a lot we can get #s for... but apparently there is
some hidden income we didn't know about....
Also, Stratfor watched Gazprom buy up a SLEW of middle-men natural gas
companies in Europe and didn't think it mattered since they were
middle-men and didn't own real infrastructure. Well, apparently they do
matter since they not only jack up the prices domestically, but also
create a lot of revenue for the Russian state...

ATTRIBUTION: STRATFOR sources in Gazprom
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Gazprom spokesman

Russian energy is a commodity that is hard to say has suffered during the
2008-2010 recession. Yes, I agree that natural gas is the main commodity.
It makes up the bread and butter of the Russian economy. It also makes up
the bulk of the energy revenue coming in. It can't fluctuate with global
prices since Europe is on contract prices negotiated years in advance. So
the recession doesn't matter when it comes to natural gas.

But it does not really contribute to the cushion funds. That is oil, which
is vulnerable to global prices. But it is still income coming in.

What you need to understand how far Russia has moved into the European
market outside of basic export-import contracts. Russia's Gazprom now owns
the majority of Eastern, Central and even a few Western European natural
gas middle-men. This allows them to collect revenue on Russian natural gas
going into the countries... a lot of revenue. For example, say Russia
sells Hungary, Slovakia or Bulgaria natural gas at $350 or $450 per
thousand cubic meters. The middle-men country (which are never reported
on) then sell it to industry, the government or domestic consumers at
$450-$600 per thousand cubic meters. This money goes straight to the
Russian government and Gazprom. This money isn't accounted for in most #s
but is part of a large source of income that no one knows about.
Lauren Goodrich
Director of Analysis
Senior Eurasia Analyst
T: 512.744.4311
F: 512.744.4334

Michael Wilson
Watch Officer, STRATFOR
Office: (512) 744 4300 ex. 4112