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On July 23, 2013, President Vladimir Putin signed a bill on stimulating the development of tight-oil reserves. The bill had been prepared by the Energy Ministry in conjunction with the Finance Ministry.
According to the document, the rates of the tax on the extraction of commercial minerals shall be differentiated depending on the indicators of reservoir permeability (the property of rock to serve as conductor in the movement of liquids or gases), the extent of field depletion, and the size of the oil-filled formation.
The Energy Ministry materials say that, according to expert estimates, the development will involve about two billion tonnes of oil reserves, and that an additional prospecting and estimation of tight-oil reserves will be carried out regarding up to 22 billion tonnes.