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“We’re eyeing liquefied natural gas exports and export pipelines,” Mikhailov said.
Last December, President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill on the liberalization of LNG exports, under which gas giant Gazprom will keep a monopoly on only pipeline exports.
The law allows companies in which the government owns more than 50% and which work offshore or companies with a license for the LNG plant construction to export gas.
Bashneft is a private company with a 73% stake held by multi-purpose corporation AFK Sistema.