MOSCOW, June 8. /TASS/. Rosneft sent an agency agreement to Gazprom for the purpose of pipeline gas export to BP and awaits response, Vice President of the Russian oil major Vlada Rusakova said on Wednesday.
"Whatever gave you the idea we intend to supply Russian gas to England? We are working with the ministry, sent an agency agreement to Gazprom Export but have not received a response so far. We are waiting for an answer and will continue working," Rusakova said responding to the question concerning the status of talks on the potential pipeline gas export by Rosneft to BP.
Gazprom discourages agency agreement of Rosneft on natural gas export to Europe, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said earlier. This is the official position of the Russian gas holding, the minister added.
Izvestiya newspaper reported earlier Gazprom and Rosneft are working on an agency agreement for gas export to Europe, making possible for Rosneft to supply gas to BP. However, Gazprom’s export arm Gazprom Export said such information is contrary to facts.
Two Russian independent gas producers Novatek and Rosneft approached the government earlier with a request to authorize pipeline gas export to Europe. Rosneft expects the Energy Ministry will support the company’s request for gas export via a single export channel, company’s vice president Mikhail Leontiev told TASS earlier. Rosneft wants to have an opportunity of selling its gas to consumers that differ from Gazprom’s clients and ready to buy gas from Rosneft, he added.