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S&P Global Platts: Rosneft bets on gas in energy transition, pushes for right to export to Europe

The company plans to increase the level of gas production in its portfolio as part of the energy transition process and hopes to be granted the right by the government to export pipeline gas to Europe, 1st vice president Didier Casimiro said December 13

S&P Global Platts: Rosneft bets on gas in energy transition, pushes for right to export to Europe

Source: Rosneft

Moscow, December 14 - Neftegaz.RU. Rosneft is looking to export 10 Bcm of gas under a contract with BP to help provide additional supplies to the European gas market.
Under Russian law, Gazprom is the only company currently permitted to export pipeline gas, but the government has been examining Rosneft's proposal, with a decision expected by March next year.

Casimiro told the Vedomosti newspaper in an interview:
  • We very much looking forward to a positive decision on this issue
  • Additional advantage is not only for the state budget, but also in [complying with] Europe's trade rules, the requirements of the 3rd energy package
The amended EU Gas Directive requires new non-EU pipelines to Europe, including the 55 Bcm/year Nord Stream 2 route, to grant 3rd-party access to their capacity.
Despite Gazprom's historical monopoly on exports of pipeline gas, giving Rosneft export rights could be one way of complying with the European law.
Casimiro said:
  • I think it would be right to grant access to export pipelines to independent producers
  • Liberalization of the gas industry is a positive moment for Russia
In his view, that would allow European customers to have additional gas supplies in case of sharp increases in consumption, while Gazprom continues to ensure baseline supplies to Europe.

Russia's lower-than-expected supplies to Europe contributed to a surge in European gas prices in recent months, with the TTF day-ahead price reaching record high Eur116.10/MWh on Oct. 5, as assessed by Platts.
The TTF day-ahead price was assessed at Eur103.60/MWh on Dec. 10, up by 550% compared with the same assessment a year ago.

Gas output increase
In line with its low-carbon agenda until 2035, Russia's largest crude producer aims to increase the share of gas in its portfolio to over 25%.
To reach the target, Rosneft is betting on its greenfield projects Rospan and Kharampur, which have a total annual production capacity of 45 Bcm of gas.

Rospan, the gas and gas condensate project in West Siberia is expected to drive the company's production of hydrocarbons and reach annual production of over 20 Bcm of gas, 5 million mt of gas condensate and more than 1 million mt of propane and butane in the near future.
Casimiro said:
  • It is gas that will act as a reserve fuel for the energy transition period
  • This is the reason why Rosneft is betting on the growth of natural gas production
He noted a lack of investments in the oil & gas industry in recent years, as «unstable» and «economically unfeasible» alternative energy projects were actively subsidized instead.
Previously, Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin warned of a potential «super-cycle» in oil & gas markets amid fears of a continued rapid growth in demand outpacing supplies.

For its part, Rosneft has signed deals on lower-carbon cooperation with numerous partners since the beginning of the year, including BP, Baker Hughes, Equinor, and ExxonMobil, as well as China and Japan.

The company's 2035 climate targets include prevention of greenhouse gas emissions of 20 million mt in CO2 equivalent, reduction of upstream emissions intensity by 30% compared with 2019 levels, a methane emission rate below 0.25% and zero routine flaring of associated gas.

Source : Neftegaz.RU


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