KOZMINO, Russia Dec 28 Russia's Gazprom
(GAZP.MM) expects to wrap up a deal on gas supplies from the
ExxonMobil (XOM.N)-led Sakhalin-1 project next year, Gazprom's
deputy head told reporters on Monday.
The Russian energy giant has said it needs gas from
Sakhalin-1 to feed industrial growth in the Far East.
"I think we will come to an agreement in 2010," Alexander
Ananenkov said on the fringes of a ceremony to mark the launch
of Russia's new Pacific oil terminal that will allow the world's
largest energy producer to service Asian markets.
ExxonMobil has said it is studying all options for selling
gas from Sakhalin-1, which is owned by a consortium that also
includes Russian oil firm Rosneft (ROSN.MM), Japan's Itochu
(8001.T) and Marubeni (8002.T) and India's ONGC (ONGC.BO).
Ananenkov said Gazprom wants to buy up to 8 billion cubic
metres (bcm) of gas annually from the second stage of Sakhalin-1
He also said the firm will increase estimated gas reserves
at Kirinsky field, which is a part of Sakhalin-3 project, to 100
bcm from the current 75.4 bcm estimate. Gazprom is set to
commission the field in 2014.
(Reporting by Gleb Bryanski; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin;
editing by Chris Pizzey)