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MOSCOW, October 28 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s Audit Chamber has identified a number of irregularities in cooperation by the state and the operating companies on production sharing agreements (PSA), in particular, the implementation of projects Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2. As the press-service of the agency said on Friday, it has questions to ask about Russia's participation in these projects and the regulatory role of the Ministry of Energy in implementing these agreements.
In Sakhalin-2, Russia’s participation is ensured only by 54 percent, which is not consistent with the agreement. In Sakhalin-1 all accounting is very formal and does not reflect the true picture of Russia's participation," the Audit Chamber said.
It also believes that the Ministry of Energy "has exercised the functions of an authorized agency for the implementation of government policies and regulation in the exploration of hydrocarbon deposits on the basis of the PSA not effectively enough." In particular, the chamber is critical of what it said was passive position of state representatives in the steering committees, which hold meetings too seldom.
The inspection also revealed violations of environmental laws. In particular, in the field of waste management, as the Audit Chamber said, some work was carried out without the appropriate licenses, and the requirements of industrial safety in the operation of facilities were ignored.