Russia Can Double Oil Reserves By Tapping Arctic Potential -Lukoil Exec.

SINGAPORE (Dow Jones Newswires), Sep. 7, 2011

Russia can double its oil reserves if the government is determined to exploit the potential in the Arctic, a senior Lukoil Holdings executive said Wednesday.

"The development of Arctic fields needs political will and support from the government," Sergey Chaplygin, chief executive of Lukoil International Trading and Supply Co. said, but didn't elaborate. Lukoil is the country's biggest private oil producer.

Russia, the world's top oil and gas producer, has proven oil reserves of around 60 billion barrels, Energy Information Administration data showed.

Lukoil plans to explore oil production in the Russian Arctic with state oil company Rosneft under a new long-term cooperation agreement that takes effect this month.

Rosneft will also explore in the Arctic area with U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil, in a separate deal.

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