Construction of an oil terminal in the port of Rotterdam, by the Russian Summa group, will be completed despite the objections of some politicians in the Netherlands, ITAR-TASS reported. The project does not fall within the scope of Western sanctions against Russia, local media cited a representative of the mayor’s office as saying. Harbor officials in Rotterdam’s port earlier said the €720 million Russian Shtandart oil terminal deal was on the brink of collapse due to the sanctions. A majority of the Rotterdam municipal council were also reported to have endorsed a boycott on the Russian company.
Germany’s economy ministry on Friday approved the sale of utility RWE’s oil and gas unit DEA to a Russian investor, despite tensions over the Ukraine crisis. The go-ahead removes the biggest hurdle for the 5.1 billion euro ($6.9 billion) sale as RWE is struggling to reduce a debt burden of more than 30 billion euro, Reuters said. The deal allows Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman and co-investors to get stakes in about 190 oil and gas licenses or concessions in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
China’s Lifan car manufacturer will invest $150 million to build a production facility in central Russia’s Kaluga region, ITAR-TASS said. “The company will manufacture several thousand cars a year with potential to increase to 100,000,” the Beijing Qingnian Bao newspaper reported on Friday. Lifan is cooperating with Russia’s first private automaker, Derways, in Cherkessk, North Caucasus which assembles Breez, Solano, Smily and X60, all Chinese models.
Authorities in the southern Indian state of Kerala have announced a ban on alcohol to tackle a growing abuse problem in the popular tourist destination, AFP state. The state government unveiled a plan to ban its sale and consumption within 10 years, warning that alcohol abuse is becoming a danger to society. No new licenses to sell alcohol will be granted, while many of the state's 720 bars and restaurants will not have their licenses renewed. Only five-star hotels will be granted licenses starting next year.
Official representatives of the US liqueur Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey brand will reportedly ask independent experts to test their production. Russia’s consumer rights protection agency, Rospotrebnadzor in the Sverdlovsk Region, found a chemical agent in a consignment of whiskey capable of causing allergies and functional changes in the nervous system, RIA Novosti said. The final results of laboratory tests have revealed the presence of benzyl ether of benzoic acid, which is “widely used as an acaricidal [anti-mite] agent,” the watchdog said on Thursday.
Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, is planning to create robots for extraction of mineral resources on the moon, Lenta.ru reported. The proposals are part of the draft federal space program for 2016-2025. Technical evaluation for the complex of robotic means should be ready by 2025, according to the program. By 2023, Roscosmos expects to have projects for the construction of a permanent lunar base, and a year later for a means to service its infrastructure facilities.
Russia’s largest air carriers have asked the government for an urgent support like the one they received in 2009, ITAR-TASS said, citing the federal air transport agency Rosaviatsiya. It cited “a considerable surge in the prices of jet kerosene in some Russian airports.” In June-August 2014 the price of 1 ton of jet kerosene at 30 Russian airports went by 6-7 percent on the average. “Groundless policies by fuel providers undermine the normal business of air carriers, in the first place, those already under western sanctions,” the agency said. This could cause further fuel and ticket price rises.