London – On Friday 27th November, in the presence of Mr. Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and Mr. Francois Fillon, Prime Minister of France, BNP Paribas and TNK-BP signed two milestone agreements for cooperation under the Kyoto protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The first agreement is for the purchase of carbon credits generated by the Samotlorneftegas project, which will capture and utilise 90 million cubic meters of associated gas previously flared at the Samotlor oil field. On this transaction BNP Paribas provided TNK-BP with a purchase of carbon credits and pre-financing structure of the proceeds of the sale.
The second agreement is for the development of two new CO2 emissions reduction projects, the “Vakhitovskoe Associated Gas Utilization” and the “Rodnikovskaya Power Plant Construction,” between BNP Paribas and TNK-BP.
These agreements were signed by Mr. V. Vekselberg, Executive director of TNK-BP, and Mr. J. Lemierre, Advisor to the Chairman of BNP Paribas.
“We are pleased that the emission reduction purchase contract with regard to associated gas utilisation at the Samotlor oil field will provide a material contribution to implementing an intergovernmental agreement between Russia and France on joint implementation of projects under the Kyoto protocol,” said Victor Vekselberg, Executive Director of TNK-BP.
“With this signature, both the French and Russian authorities demonstrate their belief that Joint Implementation projects can be successfully developed in Russia, and we expect formal approval very soon,” said Sylvain Goupille, Deputy Head of Carbon finance at BNP Paribas. “This signature demonstrates the high level of cooperation between the French and Russian administrations. It also emphasises BNP Paribas’ strength in the carbon markets and confirms our leadership in this field,” added Simon Dent, Head of Power, Gas and Emission trading at BNP Paribas.
About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) is the Eurozone’s leading bank in terms of deposits, and one of the 10 most important banks in the world in terms of net banking income, equity capital and market value. Furthermore, it is one of the 6 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor’s. With a presence in 85 countries and more than 205,000 employees, 165,200 of which in Europe, BNP Paribas is a global-scale European leader in financial services. It holds key positions in its three activities: Retail banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. The Group benefits from its four domestic markets: Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.
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