* Eni agreed to sell a 20 pct stake in the project to CNPC
* Russia wants more LNG market exposure
MOSCOW, March 19 Russia's state gas monopoly
Gazprom is interested in acquiring gas assets of
Italy's Eni in Mozambique, Gazprom's spokesman Sergei
Kupriyanov told Reuters on Tuesday.
"We are interested in (Eni's gas assets) in Mozambique," he
said without elaborating.
Eni has already agreed to sell a 20 percent stake in its
Mozambique offshore project to Chinese oil company CNPC. The
Italian company still has 50 percent of its biggest ever gas
discovery, and Chief Executive Paolo Scaroni said the company
may yet sell more.
The other shareholders in Eni's Area 4 prospect are state
firm Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos de Mocambique, South
Korea's Kogas and Portugal's Galp Energia, each with a
10 percent stake.
The project is slated for liquefied natural gas (LNG)
production and fits into Russia's strategy to expand its
presence in the global LNG market.
For now, Russia has only one active natural gas
liquefaction plant, operated by Gazprom, Royal Dutch
Shell and Mitsui at Sakhalin-2, producing
around 10 million tonnes of LNG annually.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Keiron Henderson)