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Claims of Rosneft to Gazprom on Sakhalin will be considered by FAS

Rosneft complained to the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) about Gazprom because of its refusal to admit it to the infrastructure for pumping gas from Sakhalin-1 to the LNG plant being built jointly with ExxonMobil, Kommersant newspaper reported today. reference to informed sources.

The head of the FAS profile department, Dmitry Makhonin, confirmed to the publication that the complaint was filed on 16 on April, and additional documents were received on May 12.

This is a pipeline that runs from north to south of Sakhalin and provides access to transshipment facilities on the island. It belongs not to Gazprom, but to Sakhalin Energy, in which Gazprom has 50% and Shell has 27,5%.

Rosneft and ExxonMobil in 2013 year agreed to build an LNG plant using Sakhalin-1 gas with a capacity of 5 million tons. For their part, Gazprom and Shell are planning to build the third stage of the LNG plant using Sakhalin-2 gas, with a capacity of also 5 million tons. Gazprom needs additional gas for this project and he tried to get it from Sakhalin-1, but did not agree on a price. And Rosneft needs a pipeline for pumping gas, but its construction will worsen the economy of the Sakhalin gas projects of the state company.

In mid-April, disagreements were brought up at a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Shell’s head Ben van Berden, in which Rosneft President Igor Sechin and Gazprom’s head Alexei Miller also participated. The publication writes, citing sources, that Gazprom and Shell still exclude the possibility of providing their Sakhalin infrastructure to Rosneft. In late April, Sechin turned to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for support. The prime minister promised to help, but the initiative did not continue.

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