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Russia's Rosneft says Gazprom hinders its LNG project

KHABAROVSK, Russia, April 25 (Reuters) - The head of Russia's top oil producer Rosneft asked the government to intervene and help it get access to a Gazprom's trunk gas pipeline, vital for the liquefied natural gas project it is planning with ExxonMobil.

Rosneft and ExxonMobil plan to build the LNG plant in Russia's Far East to produce 5 million tonnes per year of the frozen gas starting from 2018.

Sechin, at a government meeting, said both Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell, an operator of a gas project in the Pacific island of Sakhalin, are denying access to a trunk pipeline for its LNG project.

(Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; writing Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Christian Lowe)