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Russia’s export strategy

Russia’s export strategy

Russia regards gasification of its eastern provinces as a key strategic priority.

Increased export sales will be vital to underpin the economics of supply developments. Gazprom’s production growth will rely on growing eastern output, as it faces more competition west of the Urals. It would therefore appear to be in Russia’s interest to conclude an agreement with China. Competitive tension is also being created via discussions on piped gas exports to Korea, LNG from Vladivostok and potential Sakhalin expansion.

[Russia’s gas matrix] Unit: BCM (Billion cubic meters)

Supply sources 2002 2008 2012
Gazprom production 522 500 488
Non-Gazprom production 73 114 169
Central Asian imports 7 61 33
TOTAL 602 725 690
Russian domestic gas demand 365 406 425
Exports to CIS countries 89 89 63
Exports to Europe 129 159 139
LNG exports to Asia 0 0 14
TOTAL 583 654 641


  • James Henderson, “The outlook for Russian gas,” Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, 2015.
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