"The development of the system in the interest of a sole supplier [Gazprom] eliminates the possibility of optimization through cooperation between the players on the gas market, including the possibility of optimization of expenditures costly export-oriented projects such as the Power of Siberia and the Turkish Stream," Rosneft Vice President Larisa Kalanda said in a letter sent to the Energy Ministry.
The Turkish Stream is a proposed pipeline from Russia to Turkey across the Black Sea with a planned annual capacity of 63 billion cubic meters of gas. The pipeline will run to a hub on the Turkish-Greek Border. From there it is planned to be extended through Greece to the southern Europe.
The Turkish Stream is expected to become operational in December 2016.
In 2014, Russia's Gazprom and China’s CNPC signed a 30-year contract stipulating the delivery of 38 billion cubic meters of Russian gas annually to China via the Power of Siberia.
For months, Rosneft has been seeking access to the Power of Siberia project, citing the need to deliver eastern Siberian gas to consumers. However, late in June Gazprom head Alexei Miller said that his company’s contract with China does not envisage participation of any independent gas producers and is designed to use Gazprom’s resource base only.