MOSCOW, March 7 Russia's top crude oil producer
Rosneft has challenged the monopoly of Gazprom
on gas exports via pipelines, two company sources said
on Friday, in a deepening of a battle for influence between the
two state companies.
Sources said Rosneft wanted access to Gazprom's Sila Sibiri
(Power of Siberia) pipeline designed to carry 38 billion cubic
metres of gas a year to China. Gazprom has yet to sign the final
deal with China.
"It is unfair that the pipeline is designated only for one
company," one source said.
Gazprom declined to comment.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk, editing by