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Managing oil and gas sector: decision-making

Managing oil and gas sector: decision-making

Randomness of Russian energy policies leaves many questions about who the decision-maker is in the Russian oil and gas industry unanswered. The sector is facing serious challenges. But are state mechanisms adjusted to solve them?

Last time we analyzed the management system right after formation of the government in May 2012. There have been many changes over the past two years. It is important to examine the real role of official institutions: commissions for the fuel and energy sector, corresponding ministries and agencies. It is necessary to examine their relations with major corporations – in other words we need to see who manages whom?

Our main task is to understand what the main problems are in the Russian oil and gas sector and how state authorities are trying to solve them. To put it differently, we want to understand how different clans employ them in the war in the Russian oil and gas sector.

Key topics of the report:

  • The role of the president and the PM in regulating the sector

    • Vladimir Putin as supreme arbiter
    • Presidential and government commissions for FES, their real tasks
    • Deputy PMs responsible for the sector, supervision over the oil and gas sector, subsoil resources use
  • Energy ministry: first results of work of the new minister

    • Formation of Alexander Novak’s team
    • Novak’s attempts to act as main lobbyist of the sector, main difficulties on this way
    • Various interests of large players, their influence on the energy ministry
    • New officials in the ministry
  • Natural resources ministry, state policies in the sphere of environmental regulations and subsoil resources use

    • Reshuffle in Rosnedra, reasons for such changes
  • FAS: fighting against certain companies instead of promoting competition

  • Medium-term forecast of developments

Contents of the report:

Introduction 3
Chapter 1. Presidential level of FES administration 6
Chapter 2. Government commission for FES 21
Chapter 3. Energy Ministry as relevant organization: personnel reshuffle, role in decision-making system 25
Chapter 4. Changes in Natural Resources Ministry and subordinate bodies 43
Conclusion 59
Date of release: September 25, 2014

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