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Exxon fully withdraws from Russia after Putin seizes assets

Exxon Mobil on Monday mentioned it has fully exited Russia, with the power big saying that President Vladimir Putin had expropriated its assets within the nation and “unilaterally terminated” the company’s Sakhalin-1 oil project.

“With two decrees, the Russian government has unilaterally terminated our interests in Sakhalin-1, and the project has been transferred to a Russian operator,” an Exxon Mobil spokeswoman mentioned. 

She did not disclose whether or not Exxon obtained compensation for the assets, however added that Exxon plans to order its authorized rights underneath worldwide legislation and its production-sharing settlement to pursue cures.

Russia’s transfer to grab Exxon’s assets come after seven months of negotiations over a switch of the company’s stake within the Sakhalin-1 project, according to Reuters, which first reported on Exxon’s transfer to finish its withdrawal from the nation. 

“We made every effort to engage with the Russian government and other stakeholders,” an Exxon spokesperson instructed the information service. 

In March, the power big introduced it deliberate to exit Russia in response to the nation’s invasion of Ukraine and that it might not make any new investments in Russia. 


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Exxon’s Russia holdings had been valued at greater than $4 billion as of 2021, in response to company paperwork. The Sakhalin-1 project, which Exxon has managed since 2005, has generated $16 billion for the Russian authorities, in response to Exxon

Earlier this year, Exxon took a $3.4 billion after-tax cost for its Sakhalin-1 assets. It additionally said the operations represented lower than 2% of its whole 2021 manufacturing, or about 65,000 barrels per day, and 1% of its working earnings. 

The fallout from the Sakhalin-1 project highlights the conflict between Western nations and Russia over Putin’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. The U.S. and different Western democracies have imposed sanctions in opposition to Russia in response to the invasion, aiming to weaken the nation’s financial system, which is essentially depending on power exports. 

Russia, one of many world’s high three crude producers, joined with different members of OPEC+ earlier this month to sharply lower manufacturing to assist sagging oil costs. Economists imagine such a transfer may deal the struggling world financial system one other blow, whereas additionally elevating politically delicate gasoline pump costs for U.S. drivers simply forward of key nationwide elections.

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