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The Globalization of Russian Gas

Political and Commercial Catalysts

James Henderson and Arild Moe

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Gazprom has dominated the Russian gas industry. However, the markets in which it operates have changed dramatically, with the company increasingly being challenged at home and abroad. At this critical moment, this insightful book analyses the involvement of the Russian gas industry in the changing international gas market and the dramatic implications for Russia’s role as a global supplier of gas in the future.
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Chapter 3: SPIMEX and the traded gas market in Russia: A signpost for the future?

James Henderson and Arild Moe


Despite increasing price competition, a real market for Russian gas where prices reflect economic realities does not exist. The launch of a gas exchange in St Petersburg has offered the latest, and most serious, opportunity for a true market price to be established. Chapter 3 discusses potential consequences and implications of the gas exchange: could it eventually provide a foundation for further liberalization of the domestic gas market, and given the location of the exchange at one end of the Nord Stream pipeline could it also impact the trading of gas exports to Europe?

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