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Gas sector reform in Russia: proposals for restructuring, gas market development and tariff regulation
Start Date: June 2004
Completion Date: April 2005 

Project Summary:

The project analyzes some key issues of restructuring the Russian gas sector, with a special emphasis on the previous international and domestic experience in reforming natural monopolies, as well as the specifics of the Russian gas industry. The analysis allows to provide specific policy recommendations on the optimal structure of the gas industry, gas market development and tariff regulation, including export taxation.

Based on a detailed analysis of case studies from the European Union countries, the U.S., Canada and Argentine, a reform model has been developed taking into account the specifics of Russia. The model suggests that a competitive gas market should be developed combined with state regulation mechanisms in the infrastructure market segments marked with characteristics of natural monopolies (transportation, distribution). Two more alternative reform models have also been worked out.

Project Output:

Project results and developed recommendations are presented to the interested parties, including the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Ministry of Industry and Energy, and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

Policy Paper: Gas Sector Reform in Russia
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