Gazprom is considering the possibility of supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the United States via Mexico, the Russian energy giant said Monday.
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller met on Monday with Mexican Energy Minister Georgina Kessel and Mexican Ambassador to Russia Alfredo Perez Bravo to "consider deliveries to Mexico of liquefied natural gas with its consequent transportation to the U.S. market as part of the Sakhalin II project."
Sakhalin II in Russia's Far East comprises an oil field with associated gas, a natural gas field with associated condensate, a pipeline, a liquefied natural gas plant, and an LNG export terminal.
The sides discussed cooperation to develop Mexico's oil and gas resources and gas infrastructure, and confirmed mutual interest in strengthening long-term energy partnership between Gazprom and Mexico's Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex).
State-owned Pemex has exclusive rights to prospect, develop and produce oil and gas in Mexico. The total length of the company's gas pipelines is about 10,000 kilometers. Since 1995, the gas transportation, storage and distribution market has been open for private investors.
In April 2009, Gazprom Marketing & Trading set up a subsidiary, Gazprom Marketing & Trading Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. (GM&T Mexico). GM&T Mexico is involved in supplying LNG to Mexico as part of the Sakhalin II project.
The United States is the world's largest gas consumer.
MOSCOW, December 7 (RIA Novosti)