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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 7: LNG – globalization in another manner

James Henderson and Arild Moe


LNG is the most dynamic part of international gas trading. Chapter 7 discusses the progress that Russia has made pursuing an ambitious LNG strategy. Gazprom was set to take a lead, but its efforts have not been very successful. Rosneft has also achieved little. Instead the private company Novatek, which succeeded in breaking Gazprom’s export monopoly, has become the national LNG champion and is likely to become an important global player in the LNG market. Tensions with traditional pipeline exports may have repercussions for the organization of the Russian gas sector.

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