Gazprom Antitrust Step Nears

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service has prepared amendments to legislation on gas exports to force Gazprom to share export pipelines with independent producers, the head of the agency said Thursday.

"We are half a step from a decision on nondiscriminatory access to Gazprom's pipelines," anti-monopoly service chief Igor Artemyev told a news conference.

"We have not forgotten our colleagues in the gas industry."

ING analyst Igor Kurinyy said in a comment that it suggested independents would get a share of Gazprom's pipeline capacity proportionate to their share in Russia's total gas production. "This could mean … that independent gas producers and Russian oil companies selling gas to Gazprom could demand export netback price for 35 percent of their sales volumes," Kurinyy wrote.