“FAS has reopened the case on access Rosneft to the “Sakhalin-2” after three years of hiatus

– The Federal Antimonopoly service after a three year pause, resumed consideration of the antitrust case against the company Sakhalin Energy on access Rosneft to TransSakhalin pipeline.

As noted in the materials of FAS, the case was suspended on may 20, 2015 until the end of consideration in the arbitration court case under the claim “Rosneft” obliging Sakhalin Energy to provide non-discriminatory access to available capacities of gas pipeline project “Sakhalin-2”, giving Rosneft the technical conditions and the point of connection to the GTS “Sakhalin-2” for the transportation of natural gas in volume of 8 billion cubic meters per year.

The arbitration court of the Sakhalin oblast refused to Rosneft in the lawsuit, the Fifth arbitration court of appeal left this decision in force. However, the district court (15 September 2015) and the Supreme court has supported “Rosneft”. In this regard, FAS resumed its consideration of the case.

The original hearing on the case was scheduled for February 13 but was postponed to March 12, reported “Interfax” in press-service FAS.

Rosneft planned to build a LNG plant South of Sakhalin island (“far East LNG”), which is already operating LNG plant of Sakhalin Energy. Meanwhile, gas deposits, which serve as a resource base for both projects, located in the North of the island.

Rosneft requested access to the gas pipeline “Sakhalin-2” in the amount of up to 8 billion cubic meters of gas per year (in the form of LNG is equivalent to about 5.8 million tonnes of LNG). NK was planned by 2019 to build the LNG plant of 5 million tons per year at first in conjunction with the American ExxonMobil, then proposed to build it under the PSA project “Sakhalin-1”.

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