Russia aims targeted stimulus at tough oil and gas resources

Jonathan H. Hines Alexander Marchenko Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Moscow Facing new competition from oil and gas production elsewhere in the world, Russia is scrambling to unlock the potential of its Arctic offshore, East Siberia, and other challenging hydrocarbon resources while also aiming to become a leader in LNG trade. So far, loosening of the strategic-fields policy restricting international oil companies (IOCs) to only nonequity minority operating interests in exploration and production projects on the Russian continental shelf—essentially a risk-service arrangement—seems not to be part of the effort. To stimulate offshore development, Russia instead is focusing on enhanced fi...

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