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By Bruno De Nicola, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom will soon open a Brazilian office in order to follow Petrobras's moves in the pré-salt area. According to Board Member Alexandre Medvedev, all Gazprom's Latin American ventures will be coordinated from here, mainly concentrated in Argentina, Perú and Venezuela.

Since President Lula's discovery announcement in 2006, a long list of foreign private and public corporations have set their eyes and hands on the pré-salt area, which is known to be the most important source of oil ever discovered by mankind . . .

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