Goltsblat BLP advises that RF
Government Resolution No. 679 of 8 August 2013 "On Amending and Invalidating
Certain RF Government Acts Concerning Aspects of Gas Supply" came into effect on
17 August 2013.
The given Resolution
cancels the need for permits to use gas as fuel (the
"gas as fuel regime").
Please note that a permit to use
gas as fuel was previously a necessary and basic document granting a real estate
developer/owner the right to make such use.
The permit was issued at the level
of federal executive authorities or, depending on the annual amount of natural
gas consumed, executive authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian
Federation, and in coordination with Open Joint Stock Company Gazprom. The new
Resolution supersedes RF Government Resolution No. 832 "On the Procedure for
Specifying the Type of Fuel for Enterprises and Fuel-consuming Units" of 29
It should, however, be noted that
joint Order No. 333/358/101 of the Ministry for Economic Development and Trade,
the Power Ministry of the Russian Federation and Open Joint Stock Company
Gazprom of 15 October 2002 "On Approval of the Procedure for Formulating
Decisions Specifying Types of Fuel for Enterprises and Fuel-consuming Units and
the List of Gas-consuming Equipment not Requiring Special Permits to Use Natural
Gas" continues unchanged (the Order still regulates the procedure for issuing
permits to use natural gas as fuel).
It is evident that the changes are
of major significance for real estate developers/owners from the point of view
of cutting their requisite costs of obtaining gas-related permits and
Yet it is not clear how practical
application of the given changes will subsequently develop.
If you have any question or
would like more detailed information, please contact: Vitaly
Mozharowski, Partner, Real Estate & Construction, Goltsblat BLP, by
phone +7 495 287 44 44, or by e-mail Vitaly.Mozharowski@gblplaw.com;
or Yuri Chernobrivtsev, Partner, Real Estate &
Construction, Goltsblat BLP, by phone +7 495 287 44 44, or by e-mail Yuri.Chernobrivtsev@gblplaw.com;
or Ekaterina Verle, Head of Group, Real Estate and Construction
Practice, Goltsblat BLP by tel.: +7 495 287 44 44, or e-mail: Ekaterina.Verle@gblplaw.com.
For all issues related to publications, news and press releases, please contact:
If you would like to receive our legal alerts and updates highlighting current legal issues relevant to your areas of interest and providing expert commentary by our lawyers, please click on "Sign Up" and fill out the form.