24 November 2014 – Russia’s Energy Minister has said Moscow will seek new partners in countries that have not imposed sanctions on it if Western oil and gas companies pull out of projects with Russia.
“If (Western) companies decide for themselves not to take part in organising investment projects in the long term, we will invite investors from countries which have not imposed sanctions against us and our oil and gas companies,” RIA news agency quoted Alexander Novak as saying in response to a question at a meeting with students.
The sanctions over Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis have targeted the delivery of oil technology, goods and services, aiming to make it harder for Moscow to access new oil sources.
Russia, the world’s biggest energy exporter, relies on oil and gas exports for about half its federal budget. The sanctions affect its offshore exploration in the Arctic and development of the hard-to-recover oil deposits.
US oil major ExxonMobil has had to suspend work on offshore exploration in the Arctic with Russian oil producer Rosneft and Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell has suspended development of hard-to-recover oil in Russia’s Bazhenov formation withGazprom Neft.
Rosneft has agreed to deepen cooperation with China National Petroleum Corporation, including in liquefied natural gas projects and possibly LNG supplies to China.