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Monday, February 09, 2009

Gazprom To Delay Gas Deliveries Thru South Stream

09.02.2009 - [Neftegaz.RU] - According to the Moscow Times quoting a Gazprom's presentation to investors the start date for shipments through South Stream, originally set for 2013, will be pushed back to the end of 2014 or 2015. Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov couldn't be reached for comment. The cost of the project may top $31 billion, Gazprom told investors. Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said in July that the project might cost $20 billion. Gazprom may cut investments by 14 percent this year, according to the presentation. The gas producer said it would invest $29 billion this year, down from $33.6 billion in 2008. "Our takeaways were generally positive, including surprisingly large declines in expected capex outlays," Alfa Bank wrote in a note after the presentation. "Gazprom is adapting to the new economic reality." Gazprom's budget is based on a Urals crude price of $50 per barrel. Other scenarios assume prices of $40, $30 and $25, the company said. Exports to Europe may fall 5 percent this year to 170 billion cubic meters from 179 bcm in 2008, it said, and the average price per 1,000 cubic meters will drop to $280 from a record of $409 last year.

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