France's Total underlines commitment to Russia with new gasfield

April 13, 2015 11:00 AM

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SABETTA, Russia, April 13 (Reuters) - French oil and gas major Total and Russia's No.2 gas producer Novatek will launch a gas condensate field in west Siberia in May, a signal of Total's commitment to Russia after the death of its former head last year.

Christophe de Margerie, Total's long-serving chief executive who was killed in a plane crash in Moscow last year, was an outspoken critic of U.S. and European sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, a policy his successor Patrick Pouyanne said he agreed with.

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