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Gazprom, Britain's BP Eye Joint Venture


http://gdb.rferl.org/B7792AF1-6B3E-452E-9845-F7C2C3DF1B5A_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/B7792AF1-6B3E-452E-9845-F7C2C3DF1B5A_mw800_mh600.jpg Gazprom CEO Aleksei Miller (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) March 1, 2007 -- Russia's state-run gas monopoly Gazprom and energy giant British Petroleum (BP) are considering creating a joint venture to cooperate in the sector of liquefied natural gas (LNG).


Gazprom said today in a statement that its CEO Aleksei Miller has discussed the project with BP's leadership.


The statement said the two sides discussed "the possibility of setting up a joint venture to develop the international business of the companies, including in the field of LNG."


No further details were immediately available.


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