TotalEnergies said in a statement on Friday that it had received new information from its Russian partner Novatek, confirming that the fuel produced by their joint venture is not intended for Russian fighter jets.
The French group again denies information published in the French daily Le Monde and collected with the NGO Global Witness that the gas it helps produce in Siberia ends up at Russian military bases in Ukraine.
“As a shareholder of Novatek (with 19.4%, editor’s note), TotalEnergies approached Novatek’s management on August 25 with a request for information about the future of gas condensates produced by the Termokarstovoye field in Russia in order to do so to help sell the fullest light on the recent controversy (launched) by the newspaper Le Monde, he explains in a press release on Friday.
According to Novatek’s response, “All unstable condensates produced by our subsidiaries and Novatek affiliated companies, including Terneftegas (a joint venture between TotalEnergies and Novatek, ed.), are treated at our condensate stabilization plant in Purovsky.”
“All condensates stabilized at the Purovsky plant from the production of Novatek’s subsidiaries and associated companies, including Terneftegaz, will be delivered to the Ust-Luga industrial complex of the Leningrad region. This industrial complex in Ust-Luga produces a range of products, including kerosene, which is exported exclusively outside Russia, and this jet fuel does not have the necessary certificates to be sold on the Russian market,” adds Novatek, quoted by TotalEnergies on Friday.
“As a result, it is clear that certain media allegations and requests to investigate TotalEnergies’ activities in our joint ventures are absolutely unfounded,” Novatek said.
The French group therefore confirms that “No, TotalEnergies does not produce kerosene for the Russian army”.
The ex-total calls for “an end to this unfounded and reputation-damaging controversy” and threatens to “take all legal steps to end it if it still proves necessary”.
French Transport Minister Clément Beaune called on Thursday for the allegations against TotalEnergies to be “clarified” and assured that it was an “extremely serious issue”.