Exxon's Sakhalin-1 Signs China Gas Deal [Reuters]
Summary: Interfax reported yesterday that Exxon Mobil reached a preliminary deal with China National Petroleum Corp., to export natural gas from the former's 30% stake in the Russian Sakhalin-1 project. An Exxon representative was quoted saying, "The deal is a logical result of a memorandum of understanding which the companies agreed on in November 2004. It is expected that it will lead to signing an official agreement." Gas exports by the Sakhalin-1 consortium are set to begin in 2008. Exxon has stated that it could export up to 10 billion cubic meters of gas by pipeline over 20 years to China. There has been opposition to the deal from Russia state gas monopoly Gazprom, which has a rival project, and controls the entire gas export market aside from Sakhalin-1.
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