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Gazprom confirmed the agreement between Rosneft and Sakhalin Energy
The LNG plant under the Sakhalin II project is currently the only one in Russia. Gazprom wants to expand it. At the same time, Rosneft has its own project for an LNG plant on Sakhalin (jointly with ExxonMobil), and in order to make it cheaper, it needs access to the Sakhalin-2 gas pipeline.
Rosneft and the operator of the Sakhalin-2 project Sakhalin Energy (50% plus one share owned by Gazprom) have reached an agreement on access to the project's gas pipeline, Gazprom Deputy Chairman of the Board Valery Golubev confirmed to RIA Novosti.
The fact that the companies had reached an agreement in principle was announced in August by the head of the gas division of Rosneft, vice-president of the company, Vlada Rusakova, in an interview with Kommersant.
“I don’t think there are fundamental disagreements, the question was in the approach. Igor Ivanovich (Sechin) always raised the question that we are obliged to provide access as a monopolist. Therefore, there it is necessary to talk about an agreement with Sakhalin Energy. There an agreement has been reached, "Golubev told RIA Novosti.
At the same time, proceedings are continuing on this issue at the Arbitration Court of the Sakhalin Oblast (the review is scheduled for December 22) and to the FAS (the next hearings will be held on 24 November).
The LNG plant under the Sakhalin II project is currently the only one in Russia. Gazprom wants to expand it. At the same time, Rosneft has its own LNG plant project on Sakhalin (jointly with ExxonMobil), and in order to make it cheaper, it needs access to the Sakhalin-2 gas pipeline. Rosneft, faced with Gazprom's denial of access to the pipeline, filed a lawsuit against the operator Sakhalin Energy demanding access to the pipeline's facilities. The largest Russian oil company needs to pump through the pipe up to 2 billion cubic meters of gas per year.