Former energy Minister asked to allow private companies to the shelf, told «Kommersant»

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in photobacteria oil platform. Archival photoFormer energy Minister asked to allow private companies to the shelf, told «Kommersant»© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty the image Bank

The owner of JSC «Corporation «Energy»», the former Russian energy Minister Igor Yusufov has sent several letters to the Ministry of environment with a request for geological studies of several sites in the Gulf of Ob, the newspaper «Kommersant».

According to the newspaper, talking about the Ust-Ob sections 1, 2, 3, South-Sailing 2, 2 Bukharin. Last June letter to the Minister of natural resources Dmitry Kobylkin e reports that square are in close proximity to areas of Corporation «Energy», their development will allow to obtain synergies from the use of shared infrastructure and the joint mining exploration activities and attract significant investments in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. For example, Ust-Ob 1, 2, 3 — adjacent parcels, one of them adjacent to the only major asset Yusufov — Yarudeyskoye field (JV NOVATEK and «Energy»). In «Energy» have not answered inquiry of the newspaper.

The subsoil law prohibits private companies exploration and production on the continental shelf of the Russian Federation. License in Gulf of Ob of the privateers is the only «NOVATEK», which they were specifically issued for the LNG projects. But in relation to so-called transit areas, which are within the 12-mile zone of territorial waters, the law is not completely clear.

The Ministry has prepared amendments, which authorize private companies to engage in geological study of the territorial waters and in case of opening to develop the Deposit. They adopted in the first reading in 2017 and are preparing a second. But by law the exclusive rights of state-owned companies relate to the sections, «located on the territory of the Russian Federation and extending to its continental shelf», — according to one interpretation, the definition includes the territorial waters. The Ministry of natural resources explained to the publication that the issue of licensing in the internal waters (transit areas) will be relevant after the adoption of the amendments.

In the certificate attached to the letter of «Energy», States that drilling in the Baltic sea is 20-30 million dollars, and in the Kara sea on the structure of the University, where SP «Rosneft» and ExxonMobil discovered the field Win — $ 700 million. «Energy» proposes to allow offshore private players, which, in its opinion, it is easier to attract technology partner and provide funding for exploration without reference to «budgetary constraints».

Andrey Polishchuk from Raiffeisenbank doubt that Yusufov’s strategy involves the development of plots. Open the gas fields of «Energy» is likely to try to sell «NOVATEK» or the «Gazprom» or to find a partner, he said. Independently develop offshore areas of «Energy» will be difficult because of lack of experience, the expert adds.