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Kommersant: Russian Authorities Pull Out of Dispute with Sakhalin Energy

Russia is not going to sue Sakhalin Energy for environmental violations in the Sakhalin-2 project, a natural resources official said Thursday.

Deputy Head of the Federal Resource Management Agency Oleg Mitvol earlier announced that the agency was planning to go to Russian, European and “all possible courts” to appeal the violations.

Mr. Mitvol, however, mentioned Thursday that the agency won’t to go to any courts, and Sakhalin Energy is willing to solve the problems. In addition, Gazprom, which is become a major shareholder in the project soon, has already submitted a plan to amend the breaches, according to the official. Federal authorities are now studying the proposals. Gazprom will be asked to pay for the unsolved problems, according to Oleg Mitvol.

The Sakhalin-2 project develops oil and gas deposits on the Sakhalin shelf. Royal Dutch/Shell holds 55 percent in the project, Mitsui Sakhalin Holdings 25 percent and Diamond Gas Sakhalin 20 percent.

Gazprom is expected to close a deal to buy 50 percent plus one stake in Sakhalin Energy before the end of March.

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