More companies await shelf invitation from Rosneft
Among the companies, which expect Rosneft to take them onboard in offshore projects are Bashneft, TNK-BP and Lukoil.
As previously reported, Rosneft sent invitations to a number of companies, both Russian and foreign, offering them 33 percent stakes in offshore projects. However, so far the state-owned oil giant has signed agreements only with foreign companies, first with ExxonMobil in the Kara Sea and then with Eni and Statoil in the Barents Sea.
Now, Bashneft reiterates its willingness to engage in shelf partnership projects with Rosneft. “Like the other companies, also we got the offer, and like all the other companies, also we responded that we are ready, if conditions can be clarified”, Bashneft Board President Aleksandr Goncharuk told RIA Novosti.
So far, however, no clarifying information from Rosneft has come, Oilru.com reports.
As previously reported, Lukoil has on several occasions expressed a strong interest in engaging in offshore projects in the Arctic.
Rosneft controls a major number of offshore licenses, both in the Arctic and in Caspian and Black Seas. In the recently delineated waters in the Barents Sea, the company got a carte blanche from Russian authorities and now controls several promising structures.