UPDATE 1-Russia's Gazprom, Rosneft sign Vietnam energy deals on Putin visit

Вторник, 12 ноября 2013 16:53 MSK

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* Rosneft to allow Vietnam firm access to Pechora Sea

* Joint plans to develop Vietnam's only refinery

* Russia agrees to supply more arms to Vietnam military

By Alexei Anishchuk and Ho Binh Minh

HANOI, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Russian firms Rosneft and Gazprom signed a raft of deals with state energy firm Petrovietnam on Tuesday covering fuel supplies, joint exploration and shared investments in Vietnam's $3 billion Dung Quat refinery.

Under the agreements, signed during a visit to Vietnam by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Rosneft will allow Petrovietnam to explore for hydrocarbons in the Pechora Sea in the Arctic off northwest Russia, a rare opportunity for a foreign firm.

Rosneft and Petrovietnam also signed a pact on the possible purchase of a stake in block 15-1/05 off Vietnam's continental shelf, without giving details.

PVEP, Petrovietnam's exploration arm, signed a production sharing contract in April 2007 with France's Total and SK Energy from South Korea for the block. PVEP controls 40 percent of the block, followed by Total with 35 percent and SK Energy, the remaining 25 percent, according to Petrovietnam.   Продолжение...