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28 Aug, 2008 02:25

FAS looking at competition over access to gas pipelines

FAS looking at competition over access to gas pipelines

Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service says it's investigating Russia's second biggest oil producer Lukoil, on suspicion of barring a smaller rival from using a pipeline in the Komi republic.

Nobel Oil complained that a Lukoil unit banned it from shipping its associated gas, a byproduct of oil production, via a Lukoil-owned pipeline.

FAS said it saw signs of a breach of the law that defends competition in pipeline shipments of gas.

The competition watchdog is pursuing more liberal access to pipelines. Currently it's also seeking a government decision to make Gazprom more accountable in running its network.