(Corrects headline, first and second paragraphs to make clear Gazprom is sticking to its deadline and not delaying the project)
MOSCOW, April 23 (Reuters) - Russia's gas export monopoly Gazprom GAZP.MM said on Wednesday it was sticking to its deadline to start exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Pacific Sakhalin 2 project at the beginning of 2009.
“We will start our first LNG shipments at the beginning of next year at the latest,” Alexander Medvedev, head of Gazprom’s export arm, told a briefing.
Last year, Sakhalin Energy, the operator of Sakhalin 2, controlled by Gazprom and involving Royal Dutch/Shell RDSa.L, Mitsui 8031.T and Mitsubishi 8058.T, said it would delay first LNG shipments to spring 2009 from the initially planned end of this year. (Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman, writing by Tanya Mosolova)
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