Gazprom eyes Dutch energy market

24th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — Russia's state-controlled natural gas company is interested in investing in the energy market in the Netherlands, Dutch Economics Affairs Minister Laurens Jan Brinkhorst said on Monday.

24 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — Russia's state-controlled natural gas company is interested in investing in the energy market in the Netherlands, Dutch Economics Affairs Minister Laurens Jan Brinkhorst said on Monday.

Brinkhorst told BNR News Radio that there was no question of Gazprom wanting to take over a Dutch energy company. It is, however, interested in investing in the Dutch market.

Gazprom was at the centre of a dispute between Russia and Ukraine about the supply of gas last year. And on Monday Gazprom denied it had threatened to cut off the supply of gas to Europe after CEO Alexei Miller said last week that the gas giant might switch to new markets in Asia and the US. 

Brinkhorst told BNR there was no reason for scaremongering about Gazprom and he declined to accept the characterisation of the Russian company as a "bunch of thieves".

The Minister said there has been a relationship between Russia and West Europe for years in relation to the supply of natural gas "without so much as a kink in the pipes". 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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