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Energy Blast – September 15, 2009

Ria-Novosti reports that GDF Suez will, by the end of October, become a shareholder in the company building the Nord Stream gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, Gazprom’s deputy CEO has announced.  Norway’s StatoilHydro is looking for new exploration possibilities in the Russian Arctic and said the investment climate in Russia is ‘acceptable’ for new projects.  A joint American-Canadian mission exploring the Arctic has mapped out considerable parts of the continental shelf for the first time.  E.On and Gazprom have put a project to build a power station in Lubmin, in eastern Germany, on ice.  The Financial Times reports that Gazprom has signed a deal with Bglobal, the smart meter and energy data provider, demonstrating its desire to enter into the British energy market.  India is apparently looking to expand its cooperation with Russia in the nuclear domain, not simply through the completion of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant but also through the creation of a new power station.  Tycoon Alexander Lebedev plans to acquire 64% of Timan Oil and Gas in exchange for outstanding debt.