LNG: ROSNEFT VS GAZPROM
Rosneft ratcheted up pressure on fellow Russian energy champion Gazprom on Friday, asking the government to intervene in a row with the gas producer as Rosneft seeks to strengthen its control over vast hydrocarbon resources.
Rosneft, headed by Igor Sechin, a powerful ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has long challenged Gazprom's monopoly rights to export natural gas via pipelines, which so far serve only clients in Europe, where Gazprom generates over half of its revenues.
On Friday, Sechin again called on the government to allow it to export gas via pipeline and asked for help in gaining access to…
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