“This is an extremely serious subject, so it must be checked that, voluntarily or involuntarily, there is no misappropriation either of the sanctions, or of the energy that a French company, or other, would produce”, has declared the minister on France 2.
According to the newspaper Le Monde, which is based on several documents and an investigation by the NGO Global Witness, the Russian gas field of Termokarstovoie, operated by the company Terneftegaz – co-owned by the French group at 49% with the Russian Novatek (51 %) – supplied gas condensate to a refinery near Omsk, which turned it into fuel, which was then shipped to supply Russian planes engaged in the conflict in Ukraine until at least July.
“No, TotalEnergies does not produce kerosene for the Russian army,” the group reacted in a statement on Wednesday, refuting “all the unfounded allegations made in this article” and deploring “errors, shortcuts, and against -truths”.
Asked “who to believe”, Mr Beaune said he had no “personal information on this subject”. “You just have to shed some light. I don’t have to believe this or that a priori,” he added.
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, TotalEnergies announced in particular that it would no longer invest in new projects in Russia, but it still maintains activities there, mainly concentrated around liquefied gas from Yamal LNG