By JAMES MARSON
MOSCOW -- Belarus's state-owned petrochemicals firm said it was in
talks to receive natural
gas from Rosneft, as the world's largest listed crude
producer tries to expand its gas business.
Belneftekhim said its CEO, Igor Zhilin, has held talks with
Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin on potential gas supplies for
Belarusian refineries, as well as oil deliveries.
Gazprom is the only Russian firm allowed by law to export
gas. The government is planning to allow other producers to
export liquefied natural
gas, but not gas via pipelines. Belarus receives its gas
from neighboring Russia via a pipeline.
Rosneft has set out an ambitious plan to increase its share
of the domestic gas market, currently dominated by Gazprom, as
well as building an LNG
plant to export to Asia.
Dow Jones Newswires