Cooperation between Rosneft and Eni is on schedule, the Italian company did not withdraw from joint projects, said Igor Sechin, chief executive of Rosneft, on Wednesday evening.
On the morning of the same day, a representative of the government office said that after completing the first ultra deepwater exploratory well drilling in March 2018, Eni exercised its right to withdraw from the project on the West Black Sea area in the Black Sea. Information about this is also contained in the certificate prepared on the eve of the meeting of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte. Conditions for the temporary suspension of projects on the shelf of the Barents Sea are currently under discussion, said a representative of the government staff.
“Rumors do not need to use. If there is a government certificate, show it to me so that I can make sure that it is a real document and not some kind of fraud, ”said Sechin (hereinafter quotes from Intrafax). According to the head of "Rosneft", "we are talking about incorrect presentation of the material."
“Our collaboration with Eni is on schedule. They did not leave any projects, and the work continues, and will continue in accordance with our agreements, Sechin said. - On the Black Sea, geological exploration was carried out in full compliance with the schedule, and no additional actions are required at this stage. That's all. This does not mean a way out. ”
Vedomosti is awaiting comments from a representative of the government staff.
On the eve of October 23, Sechin met with Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi. According to the Eni representative, the meeting was "very cordial" and provided an opportunity to discuss both common projects and "possible future scenarios that will fully comply with international rules."
In June 2013, the Russian and Italian companies agreed to develop fields on the Black shelf (West Black Sea area) and the Barents seas (Fedynsky and Central Barents areas). The partners did not find commercial hydrocarbon reserves in the West Black Sea area (Val Shatsky field), Reuters reported, citing a source. Initially, Rosneft planned to explore Val Shatskogo with the American Chevron. But she, having drilled an unsuccessful well off the coast of Turkey, considered that Val Shatskogo has a similar geological structure, and in 2011 left the project.
Rosneft has already lost one of its partners on the Arctic shelf - the American ExxonMobil stopped working with it because of the sanctions. At the same time, they successfully drilled a well in the Kara Sea in 2014, discovering the Pobeda field. The partnership with the Norwegian Statoil (renamed Equinor) is still failing: drilling two wells in the Sea of Okhotsk did not produce positive results.