2017

January

Bovanenkovskoye field’s new production capacities and the Bovanenkovo – Ukhta 2 gas pipeline entered operation.

Vitaly Markelov, Vladimir Markov, Elena Mikhailova, and Igor Fyodorov were reelected as Members of the Gazprom Management Committee for a 5-year period.

Gazprom and the Government of St. Petersburg signed the 2017–2018 Cooperation Agreement.

The Water Sports Palace built as part of the Gazprom for Children program was inaugurated in Penza.

The gas-fueled KAMAZ led by Sergey Kupriyanov finished among the top ten in the final standings of the Africa Eco Race 2017.

February

The following documents were signed:

  • the Contract between South Stream Transport B.V. and Allseas Group to build the second string of the TurkStream gas pipeline’s offshore section;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and United Heavy Machinery Plants to design and outfit a gas treatment unit at the Slavyanskaya compressor station, which will be one of the largest facilities of the Russian Unified Gas Supply System and will feed gas into the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and Avtodor to develop roadside infrastructure;
Visual rendering of multi-fuel filling station

Visual rendering of multi-fuel filling station

  • the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and Russian Post to promote the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel;
  • the Agreement between Gazprom and the New Gas Industry Technology Association of Equipment Manufacturers to cooperate within the INTERGAZCERT voluntary certification system;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and the Government of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area for 2017;
  • the Contract of Cooperation between Gazprom and the Government of the Vologda Region up to 2019.

Gazprom capital LLC successfully placed two debut issues of exchange-traded bonds with a total worth of RUB 30 billion at the Moscow Exchange.

March

The following documents were signed:

  • the Agreement between Gazprom and Russian Railways on the joint implementation of the Northern Latitudinal Railway construction project envisaging the establishment of direct communications along the Obskaya – Salekhard – Nadym – Pangody – Novy Urengoy – Korotchaevo route;
  • the EUR 700 million loan facility agreement between Gazprom and France's Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and Eni to analyze the prospects for cooperation in developing the southern corridor for Russian gas supplies to European countries, including Italy, as well as to update the contracts for Russian gas deliveries to Italy;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and National Iranian Oil Company to examine the avenues for cooperation in the field of hydrocarbon prospecting, exploration and production within Iran.

The Board of Directors reelected Sergey Khomyakov as a Member of the Gazprom Management Committee for a 5-year period.

Igor Fyodorov, Member of the Gazprom Management Committee, was appointed as Head of Department 104.

Vladimir Alfyorov was assigned as Director General of Gazprom Komplektatsiya.

Nikolai Dubik was named as First Deputy Director General of Gazprom Export.

Gazprom held the twelfth annual Investor Day in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Gazprom built a sports complex with two ice arenas in St. Petersburg.

Gazprom and ENGIE served as general partners to the 'Saint Louis and Relics of the Sainte-Chapelle' exhibition in Moscow.

The fifth season of the Football for Friendship children’s project was launched.

Welder Sergey Silantyev from Gazprom Dobycha Nadym was awarded at a nationwide welder contest.

Sports complex with two ice arenas

Sports complex with two ice arenas

April

The Gazprom Management Committee approved the 2018–2022 Comprehensive Targeted Program for the reconstruction and re-equipment of energy facilities operated by Gazprom Energo.

The following documents were signed:

  • the financing agreements for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project between Nord Stream 2 AG, ENGIE, OMV, Shell, Uniper, and Wintershall;
Maarten Wetselaar, Klaus Schaefer, Mario Mehren, Alexey Miller, Gerhard Schroeder, Chairman of Shareholders Committee of Nord Stream 2 AG, Isabelle Kocher, Gerard Mestrallet, Chairman of Board of Directors of ENGIE Group, Rainer Seele, and Matthias Warnig

Maarten Wetselaar, Klaus Schaefer, Mario Mehren, Alexey Miller, Gerhard Schroeder, Chairman of Shareholders Committee of Nord Stream 2 AG, Isabelle Kocher, Gerard Mestrallet, Chairman of Board of Directors of ENGIE Group, Rainer Seele, and Matthias Warnig

  • the Protocol between Gazprom and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on the pricing procedure for natural gas supplied to Belarus between 2018 and 2019;
  • the contract between Gazprom and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 4 billion cubic meters of Uzbek gas to be purchased by the Company annually in the period of up to 5 years starting from 2018;
  • the Agreement between Gazprom and Uzbekneftegaz on joint geological exploration and engineering & innovation work;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and Uzbekneftegaz in the area of staff training and retraining;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and ENGIE aimed at promoting cooperation between the companies;
  • the Program of Gas Supply to and Gasification of the Yaroslavl Region up to 2021 between Gazprom and the Yaroslavl Region.

Following an open competitive procedure, the decision was made to engage China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation in the construction of the Amur gas processing plant on the basis of an EPC contract.

May

Construction of TurkStream gas pipeline’s offshore section was commenced.

The Audacia pipe-laying vessel

The Audacia pipe-laying vessel

A checkpoint for construction personnel at Power of Siberia’s cross-border section was opened on the Russian-Chinese border.

Andrey Kruglov was reelected as a Member of the Gazprom Management Committee for a 5-year period.

The following documents were signed:

  • three contracts between Gazprom and the Chinese oil and gas company CNPC to conduct pre-development surveys for the purposes of creating underground gas storage facilities in China;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and China Huaneng Group to pursue joint efforts in the power sector within China;
  • the Memorandum of Cooperation among Gazprom, CNPC, Russian Highways, and China Communications Construction Company Ltd. aimed at promoting the use of liquefied natural gas as a vehicle fuel and developing road infrastructure;
  • the Memorandum between Gazprom and RusGazDobycha outlining the intentions of the parties to implement projects aimed at advancing petrochemical production on the basis of the Achimov and Valanginian deposits within the Nadym-Pur-Taz region, as well as extracting and processing gas and condensate from the fields within the Tambey cluster.

Alexey Miller moderated the 36th Presiding Committee Meeting and the 20th Annual General Meeting of the International Business Congress, as well as made a speech at the Natural Gas as Destination Fuel for the Future Conference.

A Gazprom delegation led by Alexey Miller participated in the Belt and Road International Forum held in China.

The 7th corporate Fakel Festival concluded in Sochi.

June

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

Gazprom started laying the TurkStream gas pipeline in the deep-water area.

The historic center of St. Petersburg was switched over from obsolete power equipment to new facilities of the Central CHPP’s Power Plant No. 1.

The following documents were signed:

  • the Agreement of Strategic Cooperation between Gazprom and Uzbekneftegaz for joint efforts in the implementation of new Uzbekistan-based projects;
  • the EPC contract between Gazprom, Maire Tecnimont Group, and Sinopec Engineering Group for the off-site facilities of the Company’s Amur gas processing plant;
  • the Cooperation Agreement between Gazprom, DEPA, and Edison for the establishment of a southern route for Russian gas supplies to Europe;
  • two agreements on the Baltic LNG project between Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell plc: the Heads of Agreement to set up a joint venture and the Joint Study Framework Agreement;
  • the Agreement on scientific technical cooperation between Gazprom and Comita;
  • the Cooperation Agreement on personnel training between Gazprom and Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos;
  • the Agreement between Gazprom and the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade for cooperation in creating domestic subsea production systems;
  • the Cooperation Agreement between Gazprom and the Russian Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities for the advancement of collaboration between the parties and for further improvement of the Company’s investment efficiency;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation in the field of standardization and conformity assessment between Gazprom and the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart);
  • the Cooperation Agreement between Gazprom and the Russian Highways State Company for the use of aerospace technologies in developing the infrastructure of the Europe – Western China international transport route;
  • the Agreement for cooperation and partnership in the field of innovation between Gazprom and United Engine Corporation;
  • the Agreement to promote the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel between Gazprom and Moscow’s Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development;
  • two Agreements of Cooperation between Gazprom and the Government of St. Petersburg for the creation of two St. Petersburg-based industrial clusters composed of production, research, design and educational entities of the Northwestern Federal District;
  • the Cooperation Agreement between Gazprom and the Government of the Komi Republic for the implementation of the Company’s investment projects, including the construction of the Ukhta – Torzhok 2 gas trunkline;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) for the promotion of favorable conditions for the creation of the Yakutia gas production center and the construction of the Power of Siberia gas trunkline, as well as for sustainable social and economic development of the region;
  • the roadmap between Gazprom and the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia for a set of measures to implement a plan aimed at expanding the Serbian gas transmission system;
  • the roadmap between Gazprom and the Government of the Tula Region for a wider use of high-tech products, including import-substituting ones, manufactured by the Tula Region’s companies at Gazprom’s facilities;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and OMV for the coordination of efforts aimed at developing the gas transmission infrastructure required for providing natural gas supplies to Central and Southeastern Europe, as well as the Framework Agreement for collaboration in the small-scale LNG sector;
  • the Memorandum of Cooperation between Gazprom and Caspian Innovation Company for the conduct of a feasibility study with regard to building a petrochemical complex in the Astrakhan Region to manufacture polymeric products from ethane;
  • the 2017–2019 program for research and development in the interests of Gazprom between the Company and the St. Petersburg State University of Economics;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom Space Systems and Bonn Hungary Electronics Ltd. (BHE) for cooperation in monitoring gas transmission facilities;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom Export and Srbijagas for the preparation of the technical and financial feasibility studies with the purpose of expanding the Banatski Dvor UGS facility.

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

The winners of the 8th Corporate Contest for the PR services of Gazprom’s subsidiaries were awarded for their achievements in 2016.

July

The Gazprom Board of Directors created a Commission to strengthen financial discipline for domestic gas supplies in the Russian Federation. Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, and Alexander Babakov, Member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, were elected as Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Commission, respectively.

The following documents were signed:

  • the Supplementary Agreement to the Sales and Purchase Agreement for Russian gas to be supplied via the eastern route, which was inked by Gazprom and CNPC on May 21, 2014. In accordance with the Supplementary Agreement, gas supplies to China via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline will commence in December 2019;
Vladimir Putin, Wang Yilin, and Alexey Miller. Photo by TASS

Vladimir Putin, Wang Yilin, and Alexey Miller. Photo by TASS

  • the roadmap between Gazprom and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary for the implementation of measures aimed at developing Hungary’s gas transmission system;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom Export and Hungarian Gas Trade Ltd reflecting the intent of the parties to continue long-term cooperation with regard to Russian gas supplies to Hungary;
  • the contract between NIPIGAZpererabotka and China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC), according to which the Chinese company will carry out construction and install cryogenic gas separation units at the Amur gas processing plant.

The Russian team took first place at the Arc Cup 2017 International Welding Competition in Shanghai, China. Gazprom Dobycha Nadym’s Sergey Silantyev was declared the winner in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, the most prestigious category in the competition.

St. Petersburg hosted the Fifth Football for Friendship 2017 International Children’s Forum featuring young participants from 64 countries.

The winners of the 18th Gazprom’s Computer-Aided Design and Information Technologies Contest were awarded for their achievements.

August

The first foundation was laid for the Amur gas processing plant.

In Kyrgyzstan, the following facilities became operational:

  • the new section of Phase II of the Bukhara Gas-Bearing Province – Tashkent – Bishkek – Almaty gas trunkline;
  • the Sokuluk gas distribution station and the gas pipeline branch connecting the station to the gas trunkline, both of which were renovated by Gazprom;
  • the renovated CNG filling station in Leninskoye;
  • the new office building of Gazprom Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek;
  • the renovated administrative building and industrial site of Bishkekgaz in Bishkek.

Elsewhere, the following facilities were brought into operation:

  • Gazprom’s CNG station in Kurgan;
  • the Desna-30 automated gas distribution station in the Brasovsky District of the Bryansk Region.

The following documents were signed:

  • the Program for Gas Supply to and Gasification of the Kirov Region until 2021;
  • the Program for Gas Supply to and Gasification of the Krasnodar Territory until 2021;
  • the Program for Gas Supply to and Gasification of the Komi Republic until 2021.

Gazprom and Uniper celebrated 25 years of scientific and technical cooperation.

September

The Gazprom Group was ranked first in the annual S&P Global Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings.

Alexander Medvedev and Kirill Seleznev were reelected as Members of the Gazprom Management Committee for a 5-year period.

The first sports and health complex was inaugurated in Stroitel (Belgorod Region) as part of the Gazprom for Children program.

Ownership of a water sports complex built by Gazprom in Irkutsk as part of the Gazprom for Children program was transferred to the Irkutsk Region.

The following documents were signed:

  • the Memorandum of Understanding aimed at advancing cooperation between Gazprom and Japan Bank for International Cooperation;
  • the Framework Agreement for cooperation on small- and mid-scale LNG between Gazprom and Japan’s Mitsui & Co., Ltd;
  • the long-term contract on natural gas supplies between Gazprom Export and Croatia’s Prvo plinarsko društvo d.o.o. for the period from October 1, 2017 to December 31, 2027;
  • the Contract between Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. and Petrofac Facilities Management Limited to construct a booster compressor station at the onshore processing facility on Sakhalin Island (Sakhalin II project);
  • the roadmap between Gazprom, the Administration of the Tomsk Region, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation to advance cooperation between the Company and the Tomsk Region’s industrial complex in 2017–2020;
  • the Agreement between Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk and Far East Development Corporation to conduct business in the Svobodny Priority Development Area;
  • the Program for Gas Supply to and Gasification of Tomsk Region until 2021.

Alexey Miller delivered a speech at the Eastern Economic Forum 2017.

Sergey Skrynnikov was appointed as Head of Department 338 at Gazprom.

Alexey Kryukov was named Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg.

Gazprom Transgaz Ufa was recognized as the best subsidiary of Gazprom in inventive and innovative activities based on the 2016 results.

The 12th Spartakiada Games of Gazprom took place in Sochi. Gazprom Transgaz Yugorsk took top honors in the adult competition and Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk was declared the winner in the children’s competition.

Pavel Tarasov (Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg) became the best cable-jointer of Gazprom in 2017.

Bato Balzhitov (Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk) became the best anticorrosion protection specialist of Gazprom in 2017.

October

The Gazprom Board of Directors approved the revised investment program, budget (financial plan) and cost optimization (reduction) program for 2017.

Gazprom made its first direct transactions on the FX Market of Moscow Exchange.

The following documents were signed:

  • the Cooperation Agreement between Gazprom and DNV GL Oil & Gas in the area of standardization;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom, CNPC, and KazMunayGas for the assessment of the potential number of gas-powered cargo vehicles and the amount of natural gas that could be used for refueling vehicles at the Russian, Kazakh and Chinese sections of the Europe – China route in the period up to 2030;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and Delek Drilling for the joint examination of possibilities of using natural gas as a fuel for vehicles (road, rail and water transport) and special equipment (agricultural, material-handling and other equipment) in Israel;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom EP International B.V., Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd., the Bolivian Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy, and Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos reflecting the parties’ intention to set up a joint venture for gas marketing in Argentina and Brazil;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and Saudi Arabian Oil Company for international cooperation in the gas sector;
  • the Roadmap between Gazprom and KazMunayGas aimed at setting up a joint Russian-Kazakhstani venture focused on processing gas from the Karachaganak oil, gas and condensate field using the capacities of the Orenburg Gas Processing Plant;
  • the Contract between Gazprom and MashTEK for the mass production, supply, maintenance, servicing and repair of gas compressors;
  • the Contract between Gazprom and the Innopolis University for design and engineering operations;
  • the Cooperation Agreement between Gazprom and Avtodor for the establishment of natural gas filling infrastructure along the Central Ring Road currently under construction in Moscow and the Moscow Region, as well as the Roadmap for the development of natural gas filling infrastructure along the federal highways under the responsibility of Avtodor;
  • the Agreement between Gazprom and the Association of gas construction companies for cooperation within the INTERGAZCERT voluntary certification system;
  • the Agreement between Gazprom and SIBUR Holding outlining the terms of the future supplementary agreement to the long-term supply contract providing for Gazprom’s deliveries of natural gas liquids to SIBUR’s Tobolsk facility;
  • the Cooperation Agreement between Gazprom and the Federal Institute of Industrial Property for collaboration in the field of R&D and provision of expert and analytical support for the purposes of the Gazprom Innovative Development Program;
  • the Cooperation Agreement between Gazprom and the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of R&D;
  • the Agreement between Gazprom and the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises aimed at establishing scientific and technical cooperation and partnership;
  • the Roadmap between Gazprom and United Engine Corporation for the design of domestic gas turbine units with a wide performance range and the manufacture of components for repairing foreign-made gas turbine engines;
  • the Roadmap between Gazprom, Roscosmos, and Vnesheconombank for the manufacture of equipment prototypes for onshore and offshore production of hydrocarbons, along with compressor, pumping, heat exchange and power units, spare parts for gas compressor units, and liquefied natural gas production equipment;
  • the Roadmap between Gazprom and Rosatom for the development of software for processing and interpreting data produced via seismic and downhole surveys, geological modeling, and reserves estimation;
  • the Cooperation Agreement between Gazpromtrans and Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo for the use of liquefied natural gas as a fuel for locomotives at the Obskaya – Bovanenkovo railroad and for the purposes of power generation at railroad infrastructure facilities;
  • the Program for Gas Supply to and Gasification of the Republic of Bashkortostan until 2021;
  • the Program for Gas Supply to and Gasification of the Penza Region until 2021.

The Blue Corridor-2017: Iberia – Baltia NGV Rally took place in a number of countries.

The theatrical gala performance “Imperial Capitals: St. Petersburg – Vienna. Symphony of Letters and Poems” took place in St. Petersburg as part of the joint cultural project of Gazprom and OMV.

Gazprom Dobycha Nadym’s Sergey Silantyev was named Best Welder at Gazprom’s corporate contest.

November

The Gazprom Management Committee approved the Comprehensive Target Program for the Development of the Integrated Information Environment of the Gazprom Group.

The largest compressed natural gas filling station in Russia and Europe was put into service in Moscow.

New CNG station in Moscow deemed largest station of its kind in Russia and Europe

New CNG station in Moscow deemed largest station of its kind in Russia and Europe

The following documents were signed:

  • the five-year EUR 1 billion Facility 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);
  • the five-year EUR 700 million loan agreement between Gazprom and the Unicredit S.p.A. bank;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and the Iranian Government for strategic cooperation, in accordance with which the parties will look into the prospects of joining efforts in developing Iranian gas fields with subsequent gas transportation and monetization;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) for collaboration on the construction project for the Iran – Pakistan – India gas pipeline;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran for exploring the possibilities of joint gas liquefaction projects slated to be implemented in third countries, as well as projects in the field of advanced gas processing and petrochemistry in the territory of Iran;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom and NIOC for developing a concept for a unified system of gas production, transmission and petrochemistry based in Iran;
  • the contract between Gazprom Export and the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) to resume natural gas supplies to Azerbaijan;
  • the Roadmap between Gazprom and the Government of the Kaluga Region for the wider use of high-tech products, including import-substituting ones, in the interests of the Company.