Monday, September 22, 2008

Oil: China, Gazprom, Russia, Pipelines, Nigeria, WIEF

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The Supertheory of Supereverything
Babba Zee
Outraged Spleen of Zion

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(From L) Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet affairs Faisal al-Hajji, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Jordanian King Abdullah II, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, Bosnian Presidency Chairman Haris Silajdzic and WIEF Chairman Tun Musa Hitam attend the opening ceremony of the 4th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in Kuwait City on April 29, 2008.

World Islamic economic forum set for 2011 in Kazakhstan:
Chairman of the World Islamic economic forum Tun Musa Hitam highly appreciated the Kazakhstani initiative to conduct for the first time in Central Asia so called "Muslim Davos," which alongside with the chairmanship of Kazakhstan at the Organization of Islamic conference (OIC) in 2011, will foster strengthening of trade-economic relations between Muslim countries"

In 57 countries-members of the OIC there are 70% of the world oil reserves are concentrated as well as half of gas reserves. Their aggregate GDP made up USD1,7 trillion, or 8% of the world economy volume.
Kazakhstan has major deposits of: petroleum, natural gas, coal, iron ore, manganese, chrome ore, nickel, cobalt, copper, molybdenum, lead, zinc, bauxite, gold, uranium

Soviet geologists once boasted that Kazakstan was capable of exporting the entire Periodic Table of Elements

Russian Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov, left, and Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych shake hands during a meeting in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. A regular meeting of the prime ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is held in the Turkmen capital on Thursday. Prime ministers of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Russia will hold a separate meeting to sign an agreement on the construction of the Caspian gas pipeline Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan-Russia.

Putin Clinches Deal for Uzbek Pipeline

Russia, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan plan a separate pipeline that would also take Turkmen and Kazakh gas north to Russia. That pipeline would transport 20 bcm, and construction is scheduled to start late this year or early next year, Gazprom said on its web site
As Gazprom Goes, So Goes Russia

April 2008: Armenian President to Head Gazprom
With the Armenian government, Gazprom jointly owns ArmRosGazprom, which controls natural gas pipelines feeding Russian gas to Armenia and owns the Armenian section of a pipeline feeding Iranian gas to the country.

GAZPROM and CHEVRON have openly been PARTNERS since 2006

2005: Gazprom, Chevron Win Rafael Urdaneta Licenses in Venezuela

More GAZPROM & CHEVRON partnerships

GOOGLE Search: Gazprom Chevron

2007: James Jones: Appointed Special Envoy for Middle East Security

Uh Oh. He used to head NATO.....

AND: He is on the board at CHEVRON


2005: China has America over a Barrel

US Vice President Dick Cheney, China's increasing stakes in Central Asian oil resources provide the backdrop to his ties with Chevron. Cheney had negotiated a 900-mile pipeline from its western Kazakhstan oil fields to the Black Sea on behalf of Chevron. However, Chevron later decided to sell its stake in another oil and gas field in northwest Kazakhstan to China National Petroleum Company International (CNPCIL) in October 2003, as it did not fit the company's "long-term strategic objectives". It is unknown what Cheney had to say to that. Nor does it explain the agreement between ChevronTexaco and CNOOC a few days later to supply about $21 billion of LNG to China over 25 years from the Gorgon Australian Gas joint venture, in which it has a 50 per cent stake.
Condoleezza Rice was a Chevron Director from 1991 until January 15, 2001

They even named a tanker after her!


David J. O'Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Chevron and this year's co-chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), attends the opening news conference of the annual WEF meeting in the Swiss Alpine resort town of Davos January 23, 2008. This year's annual meeting of some 2,500 political, business and cultural leaders will address the forum's overall theme 'The Power of Collaborative Innovation'.

I just find this creepy: 2004: Chevron buys Enron building

Oh! No wonder I found it creepy:

The facts in this case are undisputed. Enron is the operator of several oil and gas properties that it owns with Chevron U.S.A., Inc. (Chevron). Enron produced oil and gas from these properties, and Chevron took its share of the production in kind.


A federal judge late last week lashed out at the State Department's denial of visas for more than a dozen Nigerian witnesses set to testify in a pending trial over allegations that Chevron Corp. aided the Nigerian military in human rights violations a decade ago
June 2008: Gazprom and China Salivate over Nigeria

June 2008: Gazprom, China Eye Nigeria's Ogoniland

Here's Condi's Special ME Security Envoy Jim Jones again, in Sudan & Nigeria, 2005

According to General James Jones, in testimony offered to the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2005, the new objective in Africa "should be to eliminate ungoverned areas, to counter extremism, and to end conflict and reduce the chronic instability" because of Africa's "potential to become the next front in the Global War on Terrorism.
2007: Chevron Shouldn't Play Russian Roulette
To truly grasp the risk and liability posed by Chevron's possible acquisition of Yukos assets, take a look at the history of the Kremlin's campaign. In a few short years, Russia's largest private taxpayer and most successful and well managed oil company, Yukos, has been brought to the brink of ruin, all because Khodorkovsky made two "mistakes." First, he got involved in politics through the support of opposition parties and civil society NGOs. Second, he threatened state-owned energy companies by out-competing them, advocating a free market for the Russian energy industry and welcoming investments by U.S. partners, such as ExxonMobil and, ironically, Chevron
WHO TF is Mikhail Khodorkovsky and why do we care?
As of 2004, Khodorkovsky was the wealthiest man in Russia, and was the 16th wealthiest man in the world, although much of his wealth evaporated because of the collapse in the value of his holding in the Russian petroleum company YUKOS.

On October 25, 2003, Khodorkovsky was arrested at Novosibirsk airport by the Russian prosecutor general's office on charges of fraud. Shortly thereafter, on October 31, the government under Vladimir Putin froze shares of Yukos because of tax charges. The Russian Government took further actions against Yukos, leading to a collapse in the share price. It purported to sell a major asset of Yukos in December 2004.

2007: Gazprom, indirectly, wins assets of Yukos

9/4/2008: Gazprom Neft Looks To Send Crude To China Via Kazakhstan

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, right, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev seen during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in Astana, Kazakhstan, Thursday, May 22, 2008. Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Kazakhstan on Thursday on his first trip abroad as Russia's new president, reaffirming Moscow's push to control the flow of energy from the Central Asian region.

Kazakh Oil: A War of Nerves

Even before the Georgia mini-war, Russia was playing for keeps in the region. Starting in the 1990s, Russia often got its way by manipulating its oil and natural gas pipelines, which, despite the West’s efforts, still dominate Caspian output. Russian pipelines ship more than 85% of the 6.3 million barrels of oil exported daily from the former Soviet Union. In its struggles with the republics, Russia has turned its spigots off and on repeatedly. In 1993, for instance, Moscow shut off Turkmenistan’s gas exports to the West, forcing the Turkmen to sell at a lower price to Ukraine.

Kazakhstan has been the biggest prize of all. It didn’t look that way in the Soviet Union’s last days, when the flow of money from Moscow slowed considerably, and Kazakhstan had to take out a loan to feed its cattle. It had Tengiz, with at least 9 billion barrels of reserves, plus 13 billion-barrel Kashagan, the largest oil discovery anywhere in 40 years. Yet it was still hard to picture how a territory lacking a single private office building, in which the biggest business was importing Coke and whiskey, would become a petro-state.
BTW? Kazakhstan harasses it's Christians

"China still on-side with Russia"

These apparent differences between Russia and its Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) partners - China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - are indications of the fragility of this regional security group, and many of its members simply dream different dreams while sleeping on the same bed with Moscow. Last if not least, Georgia lost no time in thanking China for not taking sides
Iran seeks to join Shanghai Cooperation Organization

From left, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Russian President Vladimir Putin stand for a group photo in a residence in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at a start of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Charter of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
"Reaffirming our adherence to the goals and principles of the Charter of the United Nations"

Olympic Invasion: China, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Russia's Aggression

The CFR on the SCO

2006: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization acquires military character

2007: Six member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Wednesday stage joint military exercise in Russia


From left, Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajik President Emoamli Rakhmon, Uzbek President Islam Karimov, Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar and Afghan President Khamid Karzai pose for press in a residence in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at a start of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Text of unattributed report headlined "Europe's efforts to buy Iran's gas: Many high ranking financial and political delegations are on their way to Tehran for talks " published by Iranian news paper Jam-e Jam website on 8 September

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