Russia has a little something to offer American investors
World politics is smothered in blackmail. Influential Arab figures warn the USA against its war against Iraq. Arabs claim that oil will allegedly become three times as expensive: up to $100 per barrel. However, Americans pay no attention. They are preoccupied with something else: Tony Blair’s propaganda turned out to be be a flop yesterday. The military campaign continues. American politicians are getting ready for the Russian-American oil summit. The summit is to take place in Houston on October 1, 2.
The Daily Telegraph of London reported that former oil minister of Saudi Arabia and former OPEC head Ahmed Saki el-Jamani warned the global community of the possibility that oil prices might triple. He claimed that oil price might make up $100 per barrel. He is certain that Saddam Hussein will dare to use chemical weapons against neighboring countries in the case of American aggression. Arab oil manufacturers in the area of the Persian Gulf will suffer a lot of losses. Oil deliveries from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will stop, and nothing will hold oil prices back.
Ahmed Saki el-Jamani used to be the head of OPEC in the 1970s. He already threatened the West with a reduction of oil deliveries. Experts said that the oil crisis of that time hampered the growth of developed countries. They managed to recover from that recession only due to the economic rise that was caused by the collapse of the USSR. On the other hand, the price of crude was $40 per barrel during operation Desert Storm.
Americans and Russians are getting ready for the joint oil summit. A suggestion from Russian oil giant LUKOIL is expected to be the major sensation of the summit. LUKOIL will present a project to build an up-to-date oil terminal at a Murmansk port. Experts believe that the oil terminal project has already become a symbol of Russian and American relations. The new terminal will allow Russian oil to be delivered directly to the USA. Russian oil manufacturers are about to face the perspective of breaking into one of the most solvent and richest world markets.
As is expected, LUKOIL’s President Vagit Alekperov is to announce the Murmansk terminal project. The Russian initiative will surely become the highlight of the summit, taking into consideration the fact that other Russian oil giants, such as Sibneft, Yukos, and TNK, have also shown great interest in the project.
Experts believe that Russia is unable to offer anything else to American investors at the moment. LUKOIL estimates that the project will cost 1.5-2.6 billion dollars. The company also calculated that the construction of just the terminal will cost $300 million.
If the terminal in Murmansk is built, Russia will be able to deliver up to 50 million tons of oil to American and European markets yearly. Virtually, this will be 50% of current Iraqi exports.
Dmitry Slobodanuk PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov