Company history in brief

1993

February 17

Pursuant to the Russian Government’s Resolution in furtherance of the relevant Presidential Decree, Gazprom Gas Concern is reorganized into Russian Joint Stock Company Gazprom.

January 26

In accordance with the Russian President’s Order, Rem Vyakhirev is appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors – Chairman of the Management Committee of RJSC Gazprom. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors up to May 31, 1996.

1994

April

Gazprom’s privatization starts.

1995

May 31

Gazprom’s first annual General Shareholders Meeting is held.

First annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom

First annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom

August

An official presentation of the Gazprom headquarters is held at 16 Nametkina Street in Moscow.

Gazprom headquarters in Moscow

Gazprom headquarters in Moscow

1996

October 23

The first joint of the Yamal – Europe gas pipeline is welded in Belarus.

Yamal – Europe gas pipeline

Yamal – Europe gas pipeline

1997

December 15

An intergovernmental agreement for Russian gas supplies to Turkey is signed. The agreement launches the Blue Stream project – the first offshore pipeline for gas exports from Russia.

1998

June 26

Pursuant to the decision of the General Shareholders Meeting, Gazprom is reorganized into an open joint stock company.

1999

June 27

Viktor Chernomyrdin is elected as Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors (in office until June 2000).

November

The Yamal – Europe gas pipeline running across Russia, Belarus, Poland, and Germany enters commercial operation.

Rem Vyakhirev and Alexander Lukashenko attend commissioning ceremony for Yamal – Europe gas pipeline

Rem Vyakhirev and Alexander Lukashenko attend commissioning ceremony for Yamal – Europe gas pipeline

2000

February 3

The first joint of the Blue Stream gas pipeline is welded in the Krasnodar Territory.

Welding of first joint of Blue Stream gas pipeline

Welding of first joint of Blue Stream gas pipeline

June 30

Dmitry Medvedev is elected as Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors (in office up to June 2001). He is re-elected in June 2002 and occupies this post for six years until being elected President of Russia.

2001

May 30

Alexey Miller is elected as Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.

June 29

Rem Vyakhirev is elected as Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors (in office up to June 2002).

October 31

Gazprom starts producing gas from Zapolyarnoye, one of the largest fields in the world.

2002

July 16

Pursuant to the Russian Government’s Order, Gazprom is tasked with coordinating the execution of the state-run Eastern Gas Program.

November 18

Gazprom resolves to launch the Nord Stream project – a fundamentally new route for Russian gas supplies to Europe via the Baltic Sea.

2003

February 20

The Company starts commercial gas supplies via Blue Stream.

Beregovaya compressor station, starting point of Blue Stream

Beregovaya compressor station, starting point of Blue Stream

2004

October 2

The Zapolyarnoye field reaches the capacity of 100 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

Comprehensive gas treatment unit No. 2B, Zapolyarnoye field

Comprehensive gas treatment unit No. 2B, Zapolyarnoye field

2005

September 2

Gazprom’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipment is brought by an LNG carrier to a regasification terminal in the United States.

September 8

Gazprom, BASF, and E.ON sign an agreement in principle to build Nord Stream.

Signing of agreement in principle between Gazprom, BASF, and E.ON to build North European Gas Pipeline

Signing of agreement in principle between Gazprom, BASF, and E.ON to build North European Gas Pipeline

October 21

Gazprom takes control over 75.679 per cent of Sibneft (from June 2006 – Gazprom Neft), laying the foundation for further development of the Company’s oil business.

December

A law is adopted, providing that the Russian Government shall possess no less than 50 per cent plus one share of the Company. Restrictions on the acquisition of Gazprom’s shares by foreign investors are lifted.

2006

August 18

Gazprom’s first LNG cargo is delivered to the Asian market. The cargo is purchased by Japan.

Grand Elena LNG carrier

Grand Elena LNG carrier

December 21

Gazprom joins Sakhalin II, Russia’s first LNG production project.

Lunskaya-A (LUN-A) platform

Lunskaya-A (LUN-A) platform

2007

April 25

The Board of Directors approves Gazprom’s Power Generation Strategy, thanks to which the Company becomes the largest power producer in Russia among heat generating companies.

Yuzhnaya CHPP, St. Petersburg

Yuzhnaya CHPP, St. Petersburg

May 24

Phase 1 of the Haidach UGS facility – the first underground gas storage facility in Europe constructed with Gazprom’s participation – is completed in Austria.

Haidach UGS facility. Photo by RAG

Haidach UGS facility. Photo by RAG

December 18

The Yuzhno-Russkoye oil and gas field – the first gas production project in Russia executed jointly with a foreign partner and based on an asset swap deal – is put onstream.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Dmitry Medvedev at commissioning ceremony for Yuzhno-Russkoye field

Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Dmitry Medvedev at commissioning ceremony for Yuzhno-Russkoye field

2008

June 27

Viktor Zubkov is elected as Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors.

November 12

Pilot production at the first block of the hard-to-reach Achimov deposits in the Urengoyskoye field is launched jointly with Wintershall.

Alexey Miller and Jurgen Hambrecht at commissioning ceremony for block of Achimov deposits in Urengoyskoye field

Alexey Miller and Jurgen Hambrecht at commissioning ceremony for block of Achimov deposits in Urengoyskoye field

December 3

The Yamal megaproject comes online: the first joint is welded at the Bovanenkovo – Ukhta gas trunkline system, which will convey gas from Bovanenkovskoye, the largest field in the Yamal Peninsula.

Yury Neyolov, Governor of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, Alexey Miller, Viktor Zubkov, and Vladimir Torlopov, Head of Komi Republic

Yury Neyolov, Governor of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, Alexey Miller, Viktor Zubkov, and Vladimir Torlopov, Head of Komi Republic

2009

February 18

Russia’s first liquefied natural gas plant is brought into operation in Sakhalin.

Commissioning ceremony for LNG plant

Commissioning ceremony for LNG plant

August 26

The Dzuarikau – Tskhinval gas pipeline – a unique facility passing through the mountainous part of the Great Caucasus at a height of over 1,500 meters – is brought onstream.

Commissioning ceremony for Dzuarikau – Tskhinval gas pipeline

Commissioning ceremony for Dzuarikau – Tskhinval gas pipeline

September 28

Construction starts for the Dzhubga – Lazarevskoye – Sochi gas pipeline and the Adler TPP with a view to provide reliable power supplies to Sochi and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games facilities.

October 30

Gazprom begins to independently produce gas from the second block of the Achimov deposits in the Urengoyskoye field.

Comprehensive gas treatment unit No. 22 at block 2A of Achimov deposits in Urengoyskoye field

Comprehensive gas treatment unit No. 22 at block 2A of Achimov deposits in Urengoyskoye field

2010

February 12

Russia’s first coalbed methane production facility is put onstream in the Kemerovo Region.

Commissioning ceremony for coalbed methane production facility

Commissioning ceremony for coalbed methane production facility

April 9

Construction is launched for Nord Stream.

Dmitry Medvedev at official event marking construction start of Nord Stream gas pipeline in Baltic Sea

Dmitry Medvedev at official event marking construction start of Nord Stream gas pipeline in Baltic Sea

September 29

The Sobolevo – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky gas trunkline comes onstream, bringing first gas supplies to the capital city of the Kamchatka Territory.

Commissioning ceremony for Sobolevo – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky gas trunkline

Commissioning ceremony for Sobolevo – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky gas trunkline

2011

April 7

Gazprom starts producing gas and gas condensate from the Valanginian deposits of the Zapolyarnoye field.

Viktor Belogurov, oil and gas production operator at Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg

Viktor Belogurov, oil and gas production operator at Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg

June 6

The Dzhubga – Lazarevskoye – Sochi gas pipeline, Russia’s first offshore gas pipeline, is put into operation.

Vladimir Putin and Alexey Miller

Vladimir Putin and Alexey Miller

August 26

An offshore ice-resistant stationary platform is delivered to the Prirazlomnoye oil field in the Pechora Sea.

September 8

The first startup complex of the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas transmission system, the first-ever interregional GTS in Russia’s Far East, is put into operation.

Alexey Miller and Vladimir Putin attend commissioning ceremony for first startup complex of Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas transmission system

Alexey Miller and Vladimir Putin attend commissioning ceremony for first startup complex of Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas transmission system

October 7

Gazprom acquires a subsurface use license for the Kovyktinskoye field, which will serve as the basis for the Irkutsk gas production center.

November 8

Gazprom starts commercial gas supplies via the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

Event celebrating commissioning of first string of Nord Stream gas pipeline. Photo by RIA Novosti

Event celebrating commissioning of first string of Nord Stream gas pipeline. Photo by RIA Novosti

November 21

The Banatski Dvor UGS facility built by Gazprom and Srbijagas is put into operation in Serbia.

Gas transmission across Serbia

Gas transmission across Serbia

November 25

Gazprom acquires 100 per cent of Beltransgaz, renaming it as Gazprom Transgaz Belarus upon closing the transaction, and becomes the owner of the Belarusian gas transmission system.

Alexey Miller and Vladimir Mayorov

Alexey Miller and Vladimir Mayorov

2012

March 23

A combined cycle gas turbine unit with the capacity of 800 MW is brought onstream at the Kirishi SDPP. It is the largest heat generating facility put into operation in the last 30 years, with the highest power capacity in Russia at the time.

Mikhail Izovit, station’s Senior Shift Supervisor, setting capacity level of CCGTU-800 at Kirishi SDPP in presence of Vladimir Putin and Alexey Miller

Mikhail Izovit, station’s Senior Shift Supervisor, setting capacity level of CCGTU-800 at Kirishi SDPP in presence of Vladimir Putin and Alexey Miller

October 8

The second string of Nord Stream comes online.

Commissioning ceremony for second string of Nord Stream gas pipeline

Commissioning ceremony for second string of Nord Stream gas pipeline

October 23

A new major gas production center – the Yamal Peninsula – emerges in Russia. The Bovanenkovskoye field and the first string of the Bovanenkovo – Ukhta gas trunkline system are brought into operation.

Gas production facility at Bovanenkovskoye field

Gas production facility at Bovanenkovskoye field

October 31

Gazprom starts to set up a gas production center in Yakutia. An investment decision is made to pre-develop the Chayandinskoye field and construct a gas pipeline stretching from Yakutia to Blagoveshchensk – the first section of a new gas transmission system named Power of Siberia.

December

Gazprom initiates efforts to bring Russia’s NGV market to a fundamentally new level.

December 5

Gazprom delivers the world’s first LNG shipment via the Northern Sea Route – the shortest sea passage between northern Europe and northeast Asia.

Ob River LNG carrier successfully delivers world’s first LNG shipment via Northern Sea Route

Ob River LNG carrier successfully delivers world’s first LNG shipment via Northern Sea Route

2013

January 15

The Zapolyarnoye field is brought to its full capacity – 130 billion cubic meters of gas per year – and becomes the most productive field in Russia.

January 21

The Adler TPP – the most state-of-the-art power generating facility in Sochi – comes onstream.

Dmitry Medvedev and Alexey Miller with Adler TPP staff

Dmitry Medvedev and Alexey Miller with Adler TPP staff

September 23

The Kaliningradskoye UGS facility, Russia’s first UGS facility built in a salt cavern, is brought into operation.

October 4

Gazprom starts commercial gas production from the Moc Tinh and Hai Thach fields offshore Vietnam.

Commissioning ceremony for commercial gas production offshore Vietnam

Commissioning ceremony for commercial gas production offshore Vietnam

October 23

Gazprom is the first Russian company to use subsea technologies in gas production, applying them at the Kirinskoye field offshore Sakhalin Island.

Graphic representation of subsea production facility at Kirinskoye field

Graphic representation of subsea production facility at Kirinskoye field

December 20

Gazprom starts producing oil from the Prirazlomnoye field. It is the first Russian development project on the Arctic shelf.

Prirazlomnaya offshore ice-resistant stationary platform

Prirazlomnaya offshore ice-resistant stationary platform

2014

By the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Gazprom puts into operation a number of key sports and energy facilities. The Dzhubga – Lazarevskoye – Sochi gas pipeline and the Adler TPP provide reliable energy supplies to the city and adjacent areas.

 

January 16

Gazprom increases its share in ArmRosgazprom to 100 per cent, renaming it as Gazprom Armenia upon closing the transaction. Gazprom Armenia owns gas transmission assets in Armenia and delivers gas to local consumers.

April 10

Gazprom acquires 100 per cent of KyrgyzgazProm (Gazprom Kyrgyzstan upon closing the transaction), the exclusive importer of natural gas to Kyrgyzstan and the owner of the country’s gas transmission and distribution systems.

May 21

Gazprom and CNPC sign the 30-year Sales and Purchase Agreement for Russian pipeline gas, the largest gas supply contract in Russian history.

Signing of Sales and Purchase Agreement for Russian pipeline gas. Photo by RIA Novosti

Signing of Sales and Purchase Agreement for Russian pipeline gas. Photo by RIA Novosti

May 31

Commercial production and oil shipments commence at the Badra field in Iraq.

September 1

The Power of Siberia gas pipeline project enters the construction stage.

Welding of first joint of Power of Siberia gas pipeline

Welding of first joint of Power of Siberia gas pipeline

December 2

Gazprom and Botas Petroleum Pipeline Corporation sign the Memorandum of Understanding to construct an offshore gas pipeline running across the Black Sea toward Turkey (TurkStream project).

Alexey Miller and Mehmet Konuk

Alexey Miller and Mehmet Konuk

2015

May 8

Gazprom and CNPC ink the Heads of Agreement for gas deliveries to China via the western route.

Wang Dongjin and Alexey Miller. Photo by RIA Novosti

Wang Dongjin and Alexey Miller. Photo by RIA Novosti

July 21

Gazprom becomes a public joint stock company.

September 4

Gazprom and Wintershall sign the Agreement to close an asset swap deal. Gazprom increases its share in WINGAS, WIEH, and WIEE to 100 per cent, as well as receives a 50 per cent stake in WINZ. Wintershall obtains 25.01 per cent in the project for developing Blocks 4A and 5A in the Achimov deposits of the Urengoyskoye field.

Kurt Bock and Alexey Miller

Kurt Bock and Alexey Miller

October 14

Construction is launched for the Amur Gas Processing Plant, the biggest such plant in Russia and second largest in the world.

Ceremonial commencement of Amur GPP construction

Ceremonial commencement of Amur GPP construction

October 27

The first joint of the Ukhta – Torzhok 2 gas trunkline is welded.

Welding of first joint of Ukhta – Torzhok 2 gas trunkline at official ceremony

Welding of first joint of Ukhta – Torzhok 2 gas trunkline at official ceremony

December 22

Two 420 MW combined cycle gas turbines are put onstream, one at CHPP-20 in Moscow and the other at the Serov SDPP in the Sverdlovsk Region.

CHPP-20, Moscow

CHPP-20, Moscow

2016

May 25

Arctic Gate, a unique oil loading terminal, is brought onstream in the Arctic. For the first time in the history of Russia’s fuel and energy complex, Yamal oil can be shipped by sea on a year-round basis.

Arctic Gate oil loading terminal

Arctic Gate oil loading terminal

June 30

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

STU-660 power unit, Troitsk SDPP

STU-660 power unit, Troitsk SDPP

September 16

Incahuasi, one of the largest active gas and condensate fields in Bolivia, is brought into production.

Celebrations marking start of commercial production at Incahuasi field

Celebrations marking start of commercial production at Incahuasi field

September 21

Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye, Russia’s northernmost active oil field, is put onstream.

Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field

Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field

September 22

A new field is discovered on the Sea of Okhotsk shelf (at the Yuzhno-Lunskaya structure within the Kirinsky prospect of the Sakhalin III project).

Drilling rig at Yuzhno-Lunskaya structure of Kirinsky prospect, Sakhalin III project

Drilling rig at Yuzhno-Lunskaya structure of Kirinsky prospect, Sakhalin III project

December 9

The world’s first multimedia scientific and educational Gas Transmission Museum opens in Moscow.

Interactive model of gas distribution station at Gas Transmission Museum

Interactive model of gas distribution station at Gas Transmission Museum

2017

January 18

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

Gas production facility No. 2 at Bovanenkovskoye field

Gas production facility No. 2 at Bovanenkovskoye field

May 7

Construction of the TurkStream gas pipeline’s offshore section is commenced.

Audacia pipe-laying vessel

Audacia pipe-laying vessel

August 3

The first foundation is laid for the Amur GPP.

September 25

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

 

December 1

Russia’s largest acrylic acid and butyl acrylate production plant, which is owned by Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat, is put into commercial operation in Salavat, Republic of Bashkortostan.

Acrylic acid and butyl acrylate production plant owned by Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat

Acrylic acid and butyl acrylate production plant owned by Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat