The head of Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, Igor Artemyev, told a Moscow news conference that a decision on whether the bid should be given the go-ahead would be made after Novatek had completed restructuring, which was likely to be in two or three weeks' time.
The French company bought 25% plus one share in Novatek in September 2004 and now it has decided to seek a controlling interest. Novatek's major shareholders include Levit Co., with a 46.56% stake, and Cyprus-registered SWGI, with 40.65%. The Regional Foundation for Yamal Development holds 5.61% of its stock and the Company for Direct Investment in Energy Sector, 3.74%.
Novatek's natural gas reserves are put at 1.6 trillion cubic meters and its oil reserves total an estimated 259 million metric tons.