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November 23, 2017

The 4th Gas Exporting Countries Forum Summit kicks off in Bolivia

MOSCOW, 23 November - The 4th Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) Summit opened on Tuesday in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and will continue through 24 November. Energy ministers from 12 countries are meeting to discuss energy markets, the role of natural gas in the development of the global energy industry and continued cooperation on energy.

GECF members together control 67% of the world’s natural gas reserves. The members include Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, UAE and Venezuela. Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Iraq, Oman, Peru and Norway are observers.

 Minister of Energy Alexander Novak represents Russia at the GECF Summit. He said that 2017 has been a busy year for the GECF. “The decisions made at the 19th Ministerial Meeting in Moscow laid the foundations for the Forum’s development for years to come”, he added.

The head of Russia’s delegation presented the outlook for the Forum’s development: “In the current market situation, GECF faces the task of arguing for maximizing use of natural gas as the cleanest, most affordable and modern of fossil fuels”.

GECF summits take place bi-annually, while ministerial meetings are convened each year. This year, a ministerial meeting took place on 4 October in Moscow as part of the Russian Energy Week. The 19th Ministerial Meeting elected Russia’s Deputy Energy Minister Yuri Sentyurin as GECF Secretary-General, replacing Iran’s Mohammad Hossein Adeli.

Sources: RIA Novosti

Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation

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02 October 2017 Winners of the third Russian MediaTEK 2017 contest to be awarded during REW 2017

The winners of the Russian contest among the media, the press services of fuel and energy companies, and regional administrations MediaTEK 2017 will be awarded as part of the business programme of the Russian Energy Week international forum on 4–5 October 2017. The contest received roughly 400 works from 55 regions of Russia. The most active regions in terms of the number of applications were the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, Krasnodar Territory, Leningrad Region, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Republic of Tatarstan, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District, Kemerovo Region, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. The winner in the ‘Best Press Service’ nomination in the ‘National Fuel and Energy Sector Companies’ category was the company IDGC of the North Caucasus, while the winner in the ‘Regional Fuel and Energy Sector Companies’ category was Tatneft. Siberian Coal Energy Company took first place in the ‘Promotion of Fuel and Energy Sector Professions’ nomination among national companies, while the Kirov branch of T Plus along with the Kirov branch of IDGC of Centre and Volga Region – Kirovenergo took the top spot among regional companies. The contest’s Expert Council also established special prizes, which were awarded to 11 participants in the MediaTEK 2017 competition. The awards will be presented as part of REW 2017 by members of the MediaTEK Expert Council, which includes Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak, Deputy Head of the Administration of the Russian President and Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design at the Higher School of Economics Andrey Bystritsky, Dean of the Faculty of Journalism at Lomonosov Moscow State University Yelena Vartanova, Interfax Information Agency First Deputy CEO Georgy Gulia, Russian Deputy Minister of Energy Anton Inyutsyn, Russia Today International Information Agency General Director Dmitry Kiselev, Eventica Communications General Director Sergey Kolushev, President of the Global Energy Association for the Development of International Energy Research and Projects Igor Lobovsky, TASS Information Agency General Director Sergey Mikhailov, and Kommersant Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Sergey Yakovlev.