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State oil and gas sector management system: first year in new format

State oil and gas sector management system: first year in new format

Serious changes in the format of the executive power took place a year ago.

Vladimir Putin became Prime Minister while Dmitry Medvedev became President, and great migration of bureaucrats started: functionaries were moving horizontally and vertically. The Cabinet staff and composition of the President’s Executive Office were renewed.

The rules of regulating the oil and gas sector also changed. So, what are the results of the first year of functioning of the new system? What are its main weak points?

A new report by the NESF is devoted to these issues.

The report offers an in-depth discussion of the following subjects:

  • New structure – old players

      Major administrative groups influencing the oil and gas sector and a new system of checks and balances
    • The role of Putin and Medvedev in the fuel and energy sector
    • Struggle between gas, oil producers and exporters
  • Year results for profile ministries and corporations behind them

    • Vertical and horizontal conflicts: struggle for authority on the deputy PM level, relations between ministries and services and agencies
    • Situation in the energy and natural resources ministries
  • Igor Sechin, the energy sector’s new supervisor

    • Major progress and failures
    • Lobbying of Rosneft interests and the China vector of the Russian fuel and energy sector’s development
    • Sechin’s main administrative weapon
  • Gazprom’s response

    • Main lobbyists of the monopolist’s interests and their major successes
  • Main opponents of the oil and gas sector in the government

    • Putin’s dilemma: concern for oil and gas or budget?
  • Ecology as weapon in struggle for assets

    • The issue of supervision over ecology
    • Using ecology and energy saving as instruments in staff wars
    • Struggle for control over Rosprirodnadzor and inside the service
  • Work conditions in the sector for non-residents

    • Application of the new legislation
    • The government commission for control over foreign investments in Russia
    • Activities of the commission, influence of the general situation in the sector on non-residents’ positions
  • Impact of the crisis on the sector. Outlooks for the situation development


The contents of the report:

Introduction. First year of duumvirate 2
Chapter 1. Division of authority in the new system of supervision over the oil and gas sector 6
Chapter 2. Igor Sechin, new supervisor of the fuel and energy sector 12
Chapter 3. Trojan horse in energy ministry 16
Chapter 4. License war: example of functionaries’ divide 18
Chapter 5. Sechin’s main success – struggle for Chinese direction of energy cooperation 22
Chapter 6. FAS vs. Gazprom 26
Chapter 7. Ecology as instrument of control over assets in the oil and gas sector 32
Chapter 8. State regulation of relations with non-residents: new rules of the game 40
Conclusion. 46
Date of issue June 8, 2009

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