Energy Blast – April 2, 2010

The Times reports on whether Obama has made good on his nuclear promise one year on from the pivotal Prague speech.  Good news for his upcoming nuclear summit; Chinese President Hu Jintao plans to attend.  A lack of consensus still looms worryingly over the Iran question, Businessweek suggests.  Meanwhile Iran’s top nuclear negotiator is in China for relationship-building talks.  Factbox on their bilateral ties here.  Could the unstable Iran situation force oil prices up to $90 a barrel this year?  Gazprom plans to merge its two generating companies, OGK-2 with OGK-6, to consolidate its energy assets.  Bloomberg has a video interview with political analyst Masha Lipman, on the Nord Stream pipeline.  Gas production on the Yamal Peninsula has reportedly increased by 20%.  Vietnam will apparently consider using Japanese technology for two nuclear power plants.  Petrobas may have a chance to take over the whole of the Sumitomo refinery in Japan.  Get the lowdown on TNK-BP’s plans for 2010 here