Lukoil has enjoyed an exuberant first quarter, almost doubling profit on a year earlier. Slavneft will sell some of its oil field service units this month. Reuters reports that TNK-BP has announced that the subsidiary which owns the colossal Kovykta gas field has filed for bankruptcy. Kazakh state oil and gas company KazMunaiGas hopes to sell a stake in the Pavlodar oil refinery this year; it is currently in talks with Russia. The company is looking to buy 10% of the Karachaganak project led by BG Group Plc and Eni SpA. EU regulators are, according to the Washington Post, investigating the legality of nuclear power non-compete deals between France’s Areva SA and Germany’s Siemens AG after Areva took over their joint venture. The BBC examines Russia’s (losing?) battle for Central Asian energy reserves.