Natural gas sales rise Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer Novatek reported a rise in its profit for the second quarter and the first six months of this year.Profit for the second quarter increased to 32 billion Russian rubles ($508.9 million) from 3.2 billion Russian rubles reported in the corresponding quarter in 2017.Profit for the first six months of 2018, increased 1.2 percent to 75.2 billion Russian rubles from 74.2 billion Russian rubles in 2017.Revenues for the second quarter jumped 52 percent to 195.8 billion Russian rubles while the first half of the year revenue stood at 375.2 billion Russian rubles, 32.4 percent.The increase in revenue was largely due to the production launch of the first liquefaction train at the Yamal LNG plant at the end of 2017, as well as an increase in average realized liquids and natural gas prices. In the second quarter and the first half of 2018, our natural gas sales volumes totaled 15.1 billion and 35.4 billion cubic meters (bcm), representing increases of 5.3 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017.The increase was due to the commencement of sales of LNG purchased from Yamal LNG to international markets from December 2017 and an increase in volumes sold in Russia.As at the end of the second quarter of 2018, Novatek’s cumulative natural gas inventory balances mainly in the underground gas storage facilities, the gas transmission system and own pipeline infrastructure totaled 1.3 bcm as compared to 0.6 bcm at the end of the second quarter of 2017.
But the one area that Anderson has been steady has been his health.VIDEO: Watch Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talk about Brett Anderson’s healthy April“He’s been that, that’s for sure,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “That’s encouraging probably for him and for us. It’s been a normal spring training, normal like any other pitcher. I know he’s had injuries in the past, but it’s been a really clean spring training.“In the season, he’s been throwing regular ‘pens and doing regular work. He’s not been on the rehab table. It’s been good.”Anderson has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, including a UCL tear and ensuing Tommy John surgery (a la Brandon McCarthy). He also has experienced a stress fracture in his foot and a broken finger after being hit by a pitch last season. In fact, his season ended last season after undergoing surgery for a bulging disc in his back.“I did a bunch of rehab stuff with my back,” Anderson said. “I did a lot of proactive stuff to keep everything healthy and a ton of Vitamin D to keep my bones from breaking hopefully.“My training wasn’t focused to one part of my body. It was more total body and making sure everything was as healthy as I could possible be. And I feel good.” Injury roll callDodgers closer Kenley Jansen began a rehab assignment Friday night at single-A Rancho Cucamonga, recording a scoreless inning with one strikeout. He threw 10 more pitches in the bullpen following his inning and is schedule to take the mound again today against Inland Empire. Jansen has missed the entire start of the season due to offseason foot surgery.Mattingly said Hyun-Jin Ryu would begin throwing to live hitters on the upcoming roadtrip, but did not specify whether that would come in the four-game series against Milwaukee or a three-game set against Colorado.Mattingly also reiterated that Yasiel Puig will begin a rehabilitation assignment this week, but once again declined to provide when and where.Around the hornDodgers third baseman Juan Uribe sat for the third consecutive game despite being in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak, and Mattingly said it was “nothing physical.” …. Mattingly, on rookie Joc Pederson hitting a grand slam after teammates switched his walkup song to Hanson’s “MMMBop” song: “I would use that music again. If you hit a grand slam, you take it back up there with you.” … Saturday marked the three-year anniversary of the Guggenheim Group officially taking ownership of the Dodgers with a group that includes controlling partner Mark Walter and owners Magic Johnson, Todd Boehly, Peter Guber, Bobby Patton and Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten.VIDEO: Watch Don Mattingly react to Joc Pederson hitting a grand slam to the walkup song of “MMMBop” by Hanson. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error While Anderson is still searching for consistency, his injury-free April is noteworthy for an organization whose pitching depth has been tested in the first month.Dare we say Anderson has been beacon of health?“That’s the first time that’s ever been said, but I’ll take it,” Anderson said. “Obviously the results could be a little better and I’d like to pitch deeper into ballgames. But as far as being able to go out and pitch, I’ve been happy with that aspect.“I feel good. I feel healthy. The velocity and everything else will hopefully come later as the season progresses.”Anderson is scheduled to take the mound for the Dodgers in today’s series finale against the Diamondbacks and starter Chase Anderson (no relation), and Brett Anderson is hoping for quality and length. Anderson has pitched past the fifth inning just once. He is 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA, 11 strikeouts and four walks in 19.6 innings with a high 1.53 WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched). It was a bold and ambitious move, part of a aggressive offseason for the Dodgers’ revamped front office.The decision to sign oft-injured left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million contract despite a slew of injuries and ailments certainly was the kind of high-risk signing that could have a major payout or blow up in their faces.The 26-year-old left-hander has been effective when healthy, but had not pitched more than 100 innings in the regular season since 2010.Yet through the first month of the season, Anderson’s health has held up.