The government is interested in increasing the fee for oil transportationvia the system of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium. Russian Energy MinisterIgor Yusufov voiced this position after a meeting of the State Council,devoted to the development of Russia's coal mining industry, today. According to him, the fee for oil transportation may be raised by about 38%(the present fee is $25 per ton). At the same time he added that a decisionon increasing the fee by 1% should be approved by all the owners. The Russian government holds 24% of the shares in the Caspian PipelineConsortium, the government of Kazakhstan has 19%, and Oman owns 7%. Another50% of the shares in the consortium are divided between the followingcompanies: Shevron (15%), LUKARCO B.V. (12,5%), Rosneft-Shell (7,5%), Mobil(7,5%) Agip (2%), BG Overseas (2%), Kazakhstan Pipeline (1,75%), Oryx(1,75%). .