Gazprom Being Probed in Lithuania, Competition Body Says

Probe regards Gazprom (OGZD) actions that may have violated condition in 2004 permit to buy 34% of Lietuvos Dujos utility that co. not hinder work of other gas suppliers, Lithuanian Competition Council says on website. * Council says previously unreported Gazprom investigation began on July 30, 2012, extended on Sept. 24, 2013 * Extension means probe conclusions are due within 3 months unless extended again, according to council website * Council says decree of March 18, 2004 allowed Gazprom to acquire 34% stake of utility and its joint management control with Ruhrgas, EON, Lithuania’s State Property Fund * Lithuanian govt currently negotiating with Gazprom regarding natural gas supply terms; link to story NSN MTL0VO6TTDSX <GO>

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