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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

TNK-BP Requests Kovykta Survey

TNK-BP has ordered an ecological study of a gas route from its giant Kovykta field to China, a spokesman said Friday, despite opposition to the plan from Gazprom.

Gazprom, which has its own plans to export gas to China, has blocked development of Kovykta ever since TNK-BP said it wanted to pipe the gas to China and South Korea.

TNK-BP's decision on the study signals that it is still pressing for permission to export from Gazprom, and may be a bid to avoid environmental criticism that has beset other foreign oil projects.

TNK-BP spokesman Vladimir Bobylev said the survey would be needed no matter whether TNK-BP could go ahead with its export plans.

More detailed discussions about Kovykta, such as technologies and investments, can only start after the study is completed in April, he said.

"I hope, by that time, the decision on gas exports from Kovykta should have been taken," he said.