Russia’s Gazprom is ready to boost gas sales to Europe: Report

Russia’s Gazprom is ready to boost gas sales to Europe: Report
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Updated 26 September 2021

Russia’s Gazprom is ready to boost gas sales to Europe: Report

Russia’s Gazprom is ready to boost gas sales to Europe: Report

MOSCOW: Russian energy giant Gazprom stands ready to increase natural gas supplies to Europe, Interfax news agency cited a Kremlin spokesman as saying on Sunday, amid a surge in gas prices.

Dmitry Peskov also said, according to the news agency, that Gazprom is interested in more gas supply contracts.

He was speaking about the low level of gas in storage across Europe.

“Is it possible to get more gas from Gazprom and pump it in there? It's possible. Gazprom is ready. Moreover, it has already covered all the additional (supply) requests,” he was quoted as saying.

Russian gas giant Gazprom has been accused by the International Energy Agency and some lawmakers in the European Parliament of not doing enough to increase its natural gas supplies to Europe, where gas prices have soared.

Peskov reiterated that Gazprom meets all the obligations on gas supplies.

“Is Gazprom ready for more, for signing more contracts? Gazprom is interested in it. That's because our consumers in Europe are our main partners,” he said.

Benchmark European gas prices have risen more than 250 percent this year, leading to higher power prices and a knock on effect on industries reliant on gas for their production such as fertilizer plants.


Retail offering of 10m shares in stc starts today 

Retail offering of 10m shares in stc starts today 
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Retail offering of 10m shares in stc starts today 

Retail offering of 10m shares in stc starts today 

RIYADH: Retail investors can subscribe to buy some of the 10.02 million shares being offered in the Saudi Telecom Company on Tuesday Dec. 7 and will end on Dec. 8.

The company will allocate 10 percent of the offering to retail investors while the remaining 90 percent, representing 90.18 million shares, will be allocated to institutional investors.

The number of retail investors’ shares and the share ratio will be announced after completing the book-building process and announcing the final offering price.

The offering comprises a fully marketed secondary public offering of 100.2 million shares in stc, representing 5.01 percent of its share capital owned by the Public Investment Fund.

The price range has been set between SR100 ($26.66) and SR116 per share.

The PIF and stc announced the launch of a secondary public offering of stc’s ordinary shares on Dec. 5.

Institutional investors’ subscription began on Dec. 5, and will continue until Dec. 9.


Lawsuit loss forces Uber UK business model reform 

Lawsuit loss forces Uber UK business model reform 
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Lawsuit loss forces Uber UK business model reform 

Lawsuit loss forces Uber UK business model reform 

JEDDAH: Uber and some of its rivals will have to change their business models in the UK after losing a court battle, re-classifying its drivers as workers.

The company is also required to give its drivers access to vacation pay, rest breaks and minimum wage while they’re using the app.

The partly PIF-owned firm is also now required to sign a direct contract with passengers when providing car journeys, according to Bloomberg.

The European Union is following the UK to push for app drivers to be considered as employees rather than self-employed.

This could cost the sector a 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion)  a year, Bloomberg reported.


Abu Dhabi chemical company, India’s Reliance form $2bn production JV

Abu Dhabi chemical company, India’s Reliance form $2bn production JV
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Abu Dhabi chemical company, India’s Reliance form $2bn production JV

Abu Dhabi chemical company, India’s Reliance form $2bn production JV

Abu Dhabi state-owned Chemicals Derivatives Co., TA’ZIZ, and Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries have agreed to start a more than $2 billion chemical production partnership in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, the chemicals company said in a statement on Tuesday.

The joint venture, called TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC, will construct and operate a chlor-alkali, ethylene dichloride and polyvinyl chloride production facility, it said.

The JV aims to export the materials to target markets in Southeast Asia and Africa as well as selling them domestically.

“Representing the first production of these chemicals in the UAE, the project will enable the substitution of imports and the creation of new local value chains, while also meeting growing demand for these chemicals globally,” TA’ZIZ said.

TA’ZIZ was formed last year, also as a joint venture, by Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. and Abu Dhabi state-owned holding company ADQ, which own 60 percent and 40 percent respectively.

“India’s need for PVC to propel its growth, and the value from the abundantly available feedstock in UAE, provides a win-win partnership for both companies,” TA’ZIZ quoted Reliance’s billionaire chairman Mukesh Ambani as saying.

TA’ZIZ said in November last year it had chosen potential investment projects worth over $5 billion in the planned Ruwais Derivatives Park, for the development of which the JV is meant to act as a catalyst.

The project is Reliance’s first investment in the Middle East and North Africa region, TA’ZIZ said.


Zimbabwe's Central Bank studies digital currency, rejects cryptocurrency

Zimbabwe's Central Bank studies digital currency, rejects cryptocurrency
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Updated 25 min 49 sec ago

Zimbabwe's Central Bank studies digital currency, rejects cryptocurrency

Zimbabwe's Central Bank studies digital currency, rejects cryptocurrency
  • The country plans to send a team to Nigeria to learn from their experiences

RIYADH: Zimbabwe's Central Bank is exploring using its own digital currency instead of allowing cryptocurrency as legal tender, its Governor John Mangudya told Bloomberg.

“As a central bank we don’t believe in cryptocurrencies,” Mangudya said in an interview on Monday.

“We believe in central bank digital currency which is basically trying to say how do we have an e-Zimbabwe dollar as opposed to cryptocurrency,” he said.

The country plans to send a team to Nigeria to learn from their experiences in launching the first digital currency in Africa in October.

“We have got our fintech group and they are working very hard, most central banks in the world are working on this CBDC and we are definitely almost there," he said.

The government decided to pay annual bonuses to civil servants in US dollars rather than the local currency. Use of the Zimbabwean dollar would have increased its recent decline. 

The government paid annual bonuses to civil servants in US dollars instead of the Zimbabwean dollar. Using the latter could have added to its recent depreciation, according to Mangudya.


Korean bioscience firm tops list of world’s best-performing IPO in 2021: Bloomberg

Korean bioscience firm tops list of world’s best-performing IPO in 2021: Bloomberg
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Korean bioscience firm tops list of world’s best-performing IPO in 2021: Bloomberg

Korean bioscience firm tops list of world’s best-performing IPO in 2021: Bloomberg

RIYADH: South Korean SK Bioscience Company has topped the list of the world’s best-performing IPO in 2021 after raising more than $1 billion.

The biopharmaceutical firm, which is a local COVID-19 vaccine production partner with AstraZeneca, led a ranking dominated by listings from its home country, according to an analysis by Bloomberg.

The IPO raised $1.3 billion for SK Bioscience to become the first among five Korean firms that raised more than $1 billion each through public offerings this year, with several tech-related names also surging in their trading debuts, Bloomberg said.

SK Bioscience outperformed two major listings in Shanghai, China Three Gorges Renewables Group and Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Co., which are each up more than 140 percent. 

US Affirm Holdings came fourth, followed by South Korean Kakao Pay, and India’s Zomato.