2016

January

Gazprom and the Government of Saint Petersburg signed a Cooperation Agreement for 2016.

Sergey Suslikov was appointed as Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Tchaikovsky.

Sergey Kupriyanov's crew on gas-fueled KAMAZ took part in the international Africa Eco Race 2016.

February

The Board of Directors elected Alexey Miller as Gazprom Management Committee Chairman for a 5-year term.

The Board of Directors resolved to hold the annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom on June 30, 2016 in Moscow.

The following documents were signed:

  • the long-term Agreement between Gazprom and Trubodetal on batch production, supply, maintenance, and repair of special ball valves;
  • the Agreements between Gazprom and the Russian pipe companies on price formulas for large-diameter pipes;
  • the Agreement between Gazprom and YPFB on strategic cooperation;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy of Bolivia to promote the use of liquefied natural gas;
  • the Agreement among Gazprom EP International Services B.V., YPFB, and the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy of Bolivia on updating the General Scheme for the Bolivian gas industry development until 2040;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding among Gazprom, DEPA, and Edison on natural gas deliveries across the Black Sea from Russia via third countries to Greece and from Greece to Italy in order to establish a southern route to deliver Russian natural gas to Europe.

Alexander Chernov was appointed as Director General of Gazprom Georesource.

Gazprom held the 11th Investor Day in New York and London.

Investor Day in New York

Investor Day in New York

Ufa hosted the 11th Winter Spartakiada Games of Gazprom. The Gazprom Transgaz Surgut team took the lead among adults, while the Gazprom Transgaz Yugorsk team was the best among children.

March

The Gazprom Management Committee approved the Comprehensive Program for the reconstruction and re-equipment of gas transmission facilities for 2016–2020.

The following documents were signed:

  • the five-year EUR 2 billion loan Facility Agreement between Gazprom and Bank of China Limited, London Branch;
Bank of China to provide Gazprom with EUR 2 billion loan

Andrey Kruglov and Wang Huabin

  • the Agreement between Gazprom and Srbijagas for scientific & technical cooperation and partnership;
  • the Framework Agreement between Gazprom and Fluxys on small-scale LNG cooperation in the European market.

Andrey Fick was appointed Managing Director of Gazprom EP International B.V.

The fourth season of Gazprom's Football for Friendship international children's project started.

April

The following documents were signed:

  • the second Term Sheet regarding the asset swap between Gazprom and OMV;
  • the Agreement for oil supply to OMV from Gazprom Group's portfolio in the course of 2016;
  • the Agreement for scientific & technical cooperation and partnership between Gazprom and OMV;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding on cultural cooperation between Gazprom and OMV;
Gazprom and OMV sign documents to further develop strategic cooperation
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and Borealis AG;
  • the Cooperation Agreement on industrial safety between Gazprom and Rostekhnadzor;
  • the Addendum to the Contract for Russian gas supply to Armenia from 2014 to 2018 between Gazprom and Gazprom Armenia.

Gazprom won a prize at the All-Russian Green Development – Evolution Awards 2016.

Gazprom Dobycha Astrakhan, Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg, Gazprom Transgaz Samara, Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta, Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg and Gazprom Transgaz Volgograd were awarded at the national Health and Safety 2015 competition.

May

Gazprom started year-round oil shipments from the Novoportovskoye field via the Arctic Gate oil loading terminal.

The following documents were signed:

  • the Memorandum of Understanding on the development of new oil and gas projects, the Memorandum of Understanding on power generation, and the Addendum to extend the Cooperation Agreement on personnel training between Gazprom and PetroVietnam;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the oil and gas industry between Gazprom and PTT, Thai state-owned company.

Alexey Miller moderated the 34th Presiding Committee Meeting and the 19th General Meeting of the International Business Congress.

Marat Garaev was named Director General of Gazprom Pererabotka.

The Fourth International Football for Friendship Children's Forum was held.

June

Gazprom held the annual General Shareholders Meeting. The Company's Board of Directors was elected as follows: Andrey Akimov, Timur Kulibaev, Vitaly Markelov, Viktor Martynov, Vladimir Mau, Alexey Miller, Alexander Novak, Dmitry Patrushev, Mikhail Sereda, Alexey Ulyukaev, and Viktor Zubkov.

Viktor Zubkov was named as Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors and Alexey Miller as Deputy Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors.

Two new power units – STU-660 at the Troitsk SDPP and STU-330 at the Novocherkassk SDPP – were put into operation.

Gazprom commissions two new power units of some 1 GW in total capacity

STU-660 power unit, Troitsk SDPP

The Board of Directors approved the new Program for the disposal of non-core assets for the period from the second half of 2016 through the first half of 2019 and the updated Gazprom Innovative Development Program.

The Management Committee approved the 2016–2020 Comprehensive Program for the reconstruction and re-equipment of gas and liquid hydrocarbon processing facilities.

The following documents were signed:

  • the 2016–2020 Program for scientific & technical cooperation and partnership between Gazprom and OMV;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and SAP for improving the reliability of the Company's information management systems, developing those systems further, and introducing innovative information technologies in the Company's operations;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and Shell on the Baltic LNG project;
  • the Sales and Purchase Contract between Gazprom and Gazko+ for Russian gas supplies to Georgia over the course of 2016;
  • the Agreement of Intent between Gazprom, Linde, Power Machines, and Salavatneftemash to join efforts for producing natural gas liquefaction and processing equipment in Russia;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom, Russian Railways, Sinara Group, and Transmashholding on the wider use of NGV fuel;
  • the Term Sheet between Gazprom and RusGazDobycha regarding the joint project for the development of the Parusovoye, Severo-Parusovoye, and Semakovskoye fields;
  • the Roadmap between Gazprom, Bolivia's Ministry of Hydrocarbons, and YPFB for implementing projects in Bolivia;
  • the Agreement between Gazprom EP International B.V. and YPFB to explore the La Ceiba, Madidi, and Vitiacua blocks in Bolivia;
  • the Roadmap between Gazprom and the Russian Construction Ministry for implementing the Innovative Development Strategy for the domestic construction sector and ensuring the efficiency of the Company's investment activities;
  • the Scientific and Technical Cooperation Agreement between Gazprom and the Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • the Roadmaps for the wider use of high-tech products from the Chelyabinsk, Tomsk, and Tyumen Regions in Gazprom's interest;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and CNPC in the field of underground gas storage and gas-fired power generation;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo and Ak Bars Holding for implementing the pilot project on the use of NGV fuel for inland water transport in Tatarstan.

Alexey Miller made a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Gazprom awarded the winners of the 7th Corporate Contest for PR services of the Company's subsidiaries and organizations held in 2015.

The fifth anniversary Nord Stream Race took place.

July

Gazprom purchased a block of its own shares from Vnesheconombank.

Gazprom and CNPC approved the Roadmaps for implementing the companies' Memorandum of Understanding on underground gas storage and gas-fired power generation in China.

Alexander Astanin was named Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Makhachkala.

Gazprom VNIIGAZ developed a new biodegradation agent for oil spill cleanup.

August

Gazprom started to supply gas to Chernyakhovsk in the Kaliningrad Region after bringing into operation a branch of the Minsk – Vilnius – Kaunas – Kaliningrad gas trunkline and an automated gas distribution station.

The following documents were signed:

  • the Program for Gas Supply to and Gasification of the Tula Region until 2020;
  • the Program for Gas Supply to and Gasification of the Kaliningrad Region until 2020;
  • the Agreement on the wider use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel between Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo and the Government of the Tver Region.

September

Gazprom put in operation:

  • Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye, Russia’s northernmost active oil field;
  • Incahuasi field, one of the largest active gas and condensate fields in Bolivia (the field is developed by a consortium consisting of Total S.A. (50 per cent, project operator), Gazprom (20 per cent), Tecpetrol S.A. (20 per cent), and YPFB (10 per cent));
  • a new modern boiler house with the capacity of 180.22 Gcal/h in Tikhvin, Leningrad Region.
Oil development well at Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field

Oil development well at Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field

The new field was discovered on the Sea of Okhotsk shelf (within Kirinsky prospect, Sakhalin III project).

The first construction permit for the TurkStream pipeline's offshore section and the survey permit for two strings of this gas pipeline in Turkey’s territorial waters were received from the authorities of the Turkish Republic.

The Sports & Recreation Complex built under the Gazprom for Children Program opened in Omsk. The first stage of the Lenina Street improvement project was completed with funding from Gazprom.

The first joint of a gas pipeline branch to five towns of the Vologda Region – Kirillov, Belozersk, Lipin Bor, and Vytegra – and to Pudozh located in the Republic of Karelia was welded.

The following documents were signed:

  • the EPC contract between Gazprom and CNPC to construct a crossing under the Amur River within the cross-border section of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline;
  • the Master Agreement between Gazprom and RusGazDobycha regarding the joint project for the development of the Parusovoye, Severo-Parusovoye and Semakovskoye fields located in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and Mitsui to cooperate in feasibility and marketing studies with regard to the bunkering of marine vessels with liquefied natural gas in Russia's Far East and the Asia-Pacific region;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and Nogaholding to cooperate in the area of liquefied natural gas;
  • the five-year Programs for Gas Supply to and Gasification of the Republic of Adygea, the Altai and Perm Territories, as well as the Belgorod, Bryansk, Vologda, Ivanovo, Kaluga, Kursk, Leningrad, Omsk, Rostov and Smolensk Regions.

Alexey Miller made a speech at the Eastern Economic Forum 2016.

Nikita Pritykin, a software engineer of Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta, won Gazprom’s Best Young Innovator Contest.

Dmitry Kirilov, representing Gazprom Transgaz Ekaterinburg, was named Gazprom’s best mechanic specializing in corrosion protection of underground pipelines.

October

The Gazprom Board of Directors approved the adjusted Investment Program, budget, and cost reduction program for 2016.

The Gazprom Management Committee approved the 2017–2019 Program for the construction of gas filling infrastructure at the industrial sites of Gazprom subsidiaries and the Development Program for small-scale liquefied natural gas production and use.

Gazprom commissioned 14 new CNG stations in St. Petersburg, Tomsk, Ufa, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Yaroslavl, the Voronezh, Kemerovo, Leningrad and Orenburg Regions, and the Stavropol Territory.

Bishkek’s first sports and recreation center built as part of the Gazprom for Children program was opened in Kyrgyzstan.

The following documents were signed:

  • the Agreement on the TurkStream project between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Turkish Republic;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and Engineers India reflecting the interest of the parties in jointly exploring the routes for pipeline gas supplies from Russia and other countries to India;
  • the Agreement for scientific & technical cooperation and partnership between Gazprom and Schneider Electric Industries;
  • the Agreement for scientific & technical cooperation and partnership between Gazprom, OMV, Montanuniversität Leoben, and the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas;
  • the Agreement on scientific & technical cooperation and partnership between Gazprom and the Republic of Tatarstan;
  • the updated scientific & technical cooperation programs through 2020 between Gazprom, OMK, Severstal, TMK, and ChelPipe;
  • the Addendum to the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and ENGIE in the area of personnel development;
  • the long-term contract between Gazprom and the HMS Group for the production and supply of import-substituting modular compressor units to be used at gas fields with declining production and APG utilization facilities;
  • the Memorandum of Intent between Gazprom, Stroygazconsulting, Stroygazmontazh, and StroyTransNefteGaz for establishing an Association of gas construction companies;
  • the roadmap between Gazprom and Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant for setting up the production of new-generation pipes;
  • the long-term contract between Gazprom and Salavat Catalyst Plant for the batch production and supply of import-substituting adsorbent;
  • the investment contract between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Tomsk Region, Tomsk Machine-Building Technologies, Gazprom Investproject, and Vakhrushev Tomsk Electromechanical Plant for manufacturing import-substituting products for Gazprom in the Tomsk Region.

Alexey Miller made a speech at the 6th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.

Yury Maramygin was appointed Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Volgograd.

Ivan Burla (Gazprom Transgaz Saratov) was named Gazprom’s Best Gas Distribution Station Operator in 2016.

Alexey Shugaikin (Gazprom Transgaz Saratov) was named Gazprom’s Best Electrician and Electrical Repairman in 2016.

November

The Management Committee approved:

  • the Comprehensive Targeted Program for the retrofitting, reconstruction and development of automated process control systems at Gazprom's facilities between 2017 and 2021;
  • the Comprehensive Targeted Program of metrological support for Gazprom's operations between 2017 and 2021.
Sudzha gas metering station

Sudzha gas metering station

The following documents were signed:

  • the Agreement to cooperate in the field of mutual recognition of standards and conformity assessment results between Gazprom and CNPC;
  • the Memorandum to explore the opportunities for cooperation in the NGV sector between Gazprom and CNPC;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and China Development Bank Corporation. The document outlines the general principles of cooperation between the parties in arranging project or any other financing;
  • the scientific and technical cooperation program for the period 2016 through 2021 between Gazprom, Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works, and TMK;
  • the scientific and technical cooperation program for the period 2016 through 2021 between Gazprom, Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works, and Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant.

December

The Gazprom Board of Directors approved the Company’s Investment Program, financial plan, and cost reduction program for 2017.

Six new CNG filling stations of Gazprom were brought into service in Tatarstan.

The following documents were signed:

  • the contract between South Stream Transport B.V. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom) and Allseas Group S.A. to build the first string of the TurkStream gas pipeline’s offshore section with an option for laying the second string;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy under Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry;
  • the Agreement of Strategic Cooperation between Gazprom and Mitsui & Co., Ltd, providing for collaboration in various areas, including Sakhalin II project expansion and LNG bunkering;
  • the Agreement of Strategic Cooperation between Gazprom and Mitsubishi Corporation, stipulating the development of cooperation in the LNG sector, including joint efforts in adding the third train to the Sakhalin II LNG plant;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and KOGAS, providing for a broader cooperation in the field of LNG supplies from Russia to South Korea;
  • the Agreement between Gazprom, Japan's Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (Mizuho) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), and U.S.-based JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (J.P. Morgan) to provide a four-year EUR 800 million facility to Gazprom;
  • the Basic Agreement regarding the asset swap between Gazprom and OMV, according to which Gazprom will receive a 38.5 per cent stake in OMV Norge AS, a company focused on geological exploration and production in Norway. In exchange, OMV will obtain a 24.98 per cent stake in the project for developing Blocks 4A and 5A of the Achimov formations in the Urengoyskoye field;
  • the additional agreements between Gazprom, OMK, ChelPipe, and Severstal to adopt formula pricing for pipe fittings;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and JBIC, outlining the basic principles of cooperation in securing financing for Gazprom’s projects with the involvement of Japanese companies;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and NIGC, outlining potential areas of cooperation between the companies;
  • the 2017–2019 Program for scientific & technical cooperation between Gazprom and Rosatom;
  • the 2017–2019 Program for scientific & technical cooperation and partnership between Gazprom and Schneider Electric.
LNG plant, Sakhalin II project

LNG plant, Sakhalin II project

Alexey Miller moderated the 35th Presiding Committee Meeting of the International Business Congress.

Sergey Khomyakov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, became a member of the Presidential National Council for Professional Qualifications.

The award ceremony for the 2016 edition of Gazprom’s Science and Technology Prize was held. The top prize went to the project by Gazprom UGS.

The world’s first Gas Transmission Museum opened in Moscow.

Gazprom and Wintershall Holding celebrated 25 years of successful scientific and technical cooperation.

Celebrations were held to mark the 20th anniversary of signing long-term contracts for Russian gas supplies to Hungary.