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Research and consulting



RPI is acknowledged as a leading research and consulting firm offering services to a broad range of players engaged in the energy sector of the former Soviet Union.

The companys vast expertise in conducting large-scale research extends to all major sectors of the oil and gas business, including:

Exploration and production of oil and gas (gas condensate)
Refining and petrochemicals
Transportation and export of oil, gas and petroleum products from Russia and CIS countries
The oilfield services market, including drilling, construction and expansion of upstream and downstream capacities, as well as transportation infrastructure
Marketing research of regional markets (assessment of market capacity, supply and demand balance, pricing, forecasting trends and outlook for expansion)



SAMPLE PROJECTS


Large international oil and gas company

Content — Analysis of the current state and outlook for development of the Russian oil refining industry.

Purpose — Analytical and information support for crafting the companys downstream strategy in Russia.

Russian agroindustrial company

Content — Economic justification of a refinery construction project in the clients region of operation for raising financial resources. The evaluation included an analysis of the regional oil products market, global environment, price forecast for oil products on the domestic and foreign markets.

Purpose — Information support for the projects feasibility study to raise borrowed funds.

International engineering company

Content — Study of the Russian engineering services market in the oil and gas sector.

Purpose — Providing analytical support for crafting the companys business development strategy in Russia.

Large international engineering company

Content — Analysis of the status and outlook for crude and products transshipment facilities in several Russian regions.

Purpose — Information support in preparing feasibility studies for projects.

Russian oil trading company

Content — Analysis of economic and logistics options for supplying petroleum products and LPG to target markets through an existing terminal situated in the Black Sea basin. The study included an assessment of alternative supply options, target markets and calculation of netbacks.

Purpose — Analytical support during the negotiating process and assessment of takeover options.

International owner and operator of a fleet of oil rail tank cars

Content — A study of the Russian rail shipment market for oil cargo, including transit from the CIS countries. The final report included an overview of the Russian market for rail delivery of petroleum products, an analysis of the competitive environment, an evaluation of current risks and recommendations for crafting a market entry strategy.

Purpose — Analytical support used by the client to frame a mid-term strategy for market entry.

Large international oil and gas company

Content — Analysis of independent gas processing companies in one Russias main gas producing regions. The study examined fields characteristics, gas companies activities, production forecasts and options for transporting gas to potential buyers.

Purpose — Forming an information and analytical framework to support the process of identifying potential takeover targets.

Leading international commercial bank

Content — Providing an independent expert opinion on the Russian natural gas market, specifically on potential risks related to financing the development of certain gas fields. Deliverables contained an analysis of the current status of the natural gas market and the prospects for its development over the next 8-10 years.

Purpose — The project was used as the basis for decision-making on financing the development of a gas field in Russia.

Russian manufacturer and supplier of equipment and service for hydrocarbon production

Content — Study of the oilfield service equipment market and alternatives for its possible replacement.

Purpose — Analytical support for the companys marketing strategy and business plan to upgrade production facilities.

Leading Russian drilling and oilfield services company

Content — Elaboration of mid-term outlook for the Russian oilfield services market by oil and gas provinces and market segments, including estimates and forecasts of market size, supply/demand balances and competitive environment.

Purpose — Analytical support for working out the clientss development strategy and determining its investment priorities.

A leading international petrochemical company

Content — An evaluation of investment and M&A options in the O&G downstream segment in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan. Deliverables included a study of market segments, value chain analysis, overview of the competitive environment and assessment of current risks.

Purpose — Analytical support in selecting investment and M&A targets.

A large Russian petrochemical company

Content — Forecasting production and consumption of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) until 2015 in terms of consumption segments. Building demand scenarios. Projecting the utilization rate of various types of petrochemical feedstock (LPG, naphtha, etc.)

Purpose — The project provided analytical support in the clients decision-making process regarding feedstock provision and feasibility of expanding production facilities.

A leading international manufacturer of specialty chemicals

Content — A forecast of options for supplying raw material from Russia for production of carbon black at the companys plants. Deliverables included a detailed analysis of manufacturers, an overview of their plans to upgrade production lines, an analysis of the feedstock market, including price analysis and pricing mechanisms, and evaluation of the feasibility of feedstock production by companies not involved in this business.

Purpose — To provide analytical support used by the client to work out its global and regional feedstock supply strategy. The client also used deliverables to identify business opportunities on the Russian market.

A large international petrochemical company

Content — An in-depth study of the Russian feedstock market for the petrochemical industry, evaluation of options for supplying feedstock to the European market.

Purpose — Analytical support used by the client to frame a mid-term strategy on target markets.

Multi-client report for market players

Content — Analysis of the Russian engine and gear oils market for passenger cars and trucks: current state of the market and forecast for its change

Purpose — Setting up an information and analytical framework to enable market players to fine-tune their development strategies in this segment

A leading international manufacturer of oils and lubricants

Content — Development of a detailed database on companies that manufacture base oils and lubricants in Russia and FSU countries.

Purpose — Information support to help the company expand its business in target markets.

A major Russian VIOC

Content — Analysis of a number of FSU engine oil markets, with key deliverables including market scope, logistics, competitive environment, consumer preference patterns, etc.

Purpose — Deliverables constituted the framework for working out the companys strategy for entering new markets and marketing its product mix, including a number of premium brands.

A leading producer of lubricating oil additives

Content — Analysis of the Russian market for lubricants used in gas-powered reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE). Deliverables included an analysis of the current state and potential dynamics for the expansion of the engine market, a calculation of lube consumption and forecast of changes in the medium term as well as an evaluation of the markets competitive environment.

Purpose — Analytical support for the companys plans to manufacture a new type of additives.

MAIN SERVICES AND AREAS OF ACTIVITY:


INFORMATION SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Research and analysis of various segments of the O&G industry
Identification and analysis of potential business partners, clients and suppliers
Expert support in asset appraisal
Information support in negotiations with strategic partners

CONSULTING ON ISSUES RELATED TO STRATEGIC CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT

Due diligence of markets and the outlook for further expansion
Analysis of competitive environment
Studying and working out strategic business development opportunities
Framing new market entry strategies

CONSULTING ON ISSUES RELATED TO PURCHASE AND SALE OF ASSETS

Identifying and drawing in potential investors
Expert support in asset appraisal
Value added chain evaluation
Assisting in the development and implementation of integration processes
Communication support in deal making


Client references about RPI


.. Kondrina

LLK-International has worked with RPI for several years and used its information products and reports in our activities. All RPI studies are deeply insightful in their analytical quality and reveal a holistic understanding of the processes occurring in the Russian lubricant and grease markets.
Over the years of cooperation, RPI has proven itself to be a foremost research company whose work is hallmarked with high professionalism and utmost commitment to results.

Head of the Strategic Planning an Methodology Department, LLK-International

S.V. Sidorova

RPI was a consultant for Transnefteprodukt and in this capacity provided services in support of efforts to raise debt financing for the Sever (North) project. RPI was tasked to conduct an economic feasibility study of the project vis-à-vis market conditions on the basis of their own forecasts and market growth scenarios spanning a 10-year period.
RPI completed the tasks with high professional quality and demonstrated a profound understanding of all sectors of the petroleum economy
I would strongly recommend RPI as industry consultants for the fuel and energy sector.

First Vice President, Transnefteprodukt

.. Dubinsky

RPIs strength is the ability to conduct a complex analysis by combining their own knowledge base with a large amount of industry information and a wide range of assessments by subject matter experts.
I recommend RPI as highly professional industry consultants on the oil and gas sector.

Deputy General Director for Marketing, NIPIgazpererabotka

A.V. Molchanov

We would like to thank the entire RPI team for their work on the market study for RF oilfield, refinery and gas processing facility design and construction services. The deliverables they produced are of high quality and very professional. The RPI staff demonstrated a thorough understanding of the market.
We wish you success and look forward to continued rewarding cooperation.

General Director, HMS Group

James E. Searing

RPI is the authoritative source of information on the energy industry in the former Soviet Union. In an environment where politics are crucial for any investment project, no one has better sources or insights than RPI.

Director of International Business Services Ernst & Young

Geoff Wilkinson

Of the consulting firms that I have used in the former Soviet Union, RPI has provided the best quality information, especially considering our budget and time constraints.

Project Manager UNOCAL

W. David Rossiter

I recommend to you RPI, both as a provider of ongoing research and as a consultant for specific projects. In a country where accurate information is a most scarce resource, RPIs qualifications are impressive.

Vice President Conoco

Ann Pickard

RPI has helped us formulate our negotiating strategies in the FSU...We have saved substantial time and money by using RPIs consulting service.

Vice President Mobil Oil

Stephen F. Hunkus

In 2000-01, RPI management played an important role in negotiations with YUKOS and LUKOIL, which led to the stipulation of a strategically important deal with the former company This could not have been achieved without the professional input, connections, expertise and intense efforts of our colleagues from RPI

General director Mazeikiu Nafta




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