Oil and gas exploration and production

Reserves buildup strategy

Since 2005 Gazprom steadily replenished its annual production volumes and built up its reserves through geological exploration.

Acceleration of Gazprom’s exploration activities aims to further develop the mineral and raw material base in the main gas production regions and its shaping on Yamal, the continental shelf, in Eastern Siberia and the Far East.

Drilling operations at Chikanskoye field in Irkutsk Region
Drilling operations at Chikanskoye field in Irkutsk Region

Drilling operations at Chikanskoye field in Irkutsk Region

Exploration is mostly concentrated in the Nadym-Pur-Taz region (including the Ob and Taz Bays), the Yamal Peninsula, in the Pechora and Kara Seas, the Komi Republic, the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Irkutsk Region, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), on the Sakhalin Island shelf and in other regions with the subsequent acquisition of licenses for the discovered fields development.

Gazprom also performs geological exploration in Central and Southeastern Asia, Africa and Latin America. Pursuing the strategy of global presence in the world oil and gas market, the Company seeks to participate in hydrocarbons exploration, production, transportation and marketing projects in third countries via competitions, bidding procedures and asset swap deals.

Shakhrinav-1p exploratory well drilling in Tajikistan
Shakhrinav-1p exploratory well drilling in Tajikistan

Shakhrinav-1p exploratory well drilling in Tajikistan

Oil and gas production strategy

By 2020 Gazprom is planning to produce 640 to 660 billion cubic meters a year, provided that there is solvent gas demand in the domestic market and favorable conditions in the foreign market.

With more than 70 per cent of the total Russian reserves, the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District will remain the key gas producing region of the country within the specified period of time, while the Yamal Peninsula and the Russian northern seas will be long-term development targets.

Production well at Yamburgskoye field, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District
Production well at Yamburgskoye field, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District

Production well at Yamburgskoye field, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District

Eastern Siberia and the Far East are also to become key regions of gas production in the long term. Thus, gas production centers will be established in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Irkutsk Region, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Sakhalin Region and the Kamchatka Territory. In addition, the Eastern Gas Program stipulates that gas processing facilities, including helium and liquefied natural gas plants, will be created in synch with gas production centers and the unified gas transmission system construction.

Coalbed methane

Production of coalbed methane is destined to become one of the key areas for the Gazprom resource base expansion strategy. Provisional estimates indicate up to 20 billion cubic meters of forecast production volumes per annum after 2020 in the Kuzbass basin – the world's largest coalbed methane basin.

Coalbed methane is produced at Taldinskoye field in Kuzbass
Coalbed methane is produced at Taldinskoye field in Kuzbass

Coalbed methane is produced at Taldinskoye field in Kuzbass

Oil business development strategy

The oil business development strategy stipulates that annual production will reach 100 million tons of oil equivalent and refining capacities will grow to 70 million tons by 2020. The 2020 production level will be reached through stagewise involvement of all the explored fields of Gazprom Neft (including the company’s 50 per cent stake in Slavneft and Tomskneft) in the production process, expansion of the resource base through commissioning of oil fields assigned to other companies of Gazprom Group as well as acquisition of new licenses. Gazprom Neft is determined to intensely expand its presence in the production and refining segments abroad to raise the share of foreign production activities in its portfolio to 10 per cent by 2020.

Gazprom will annually produce 100 million tons of oil equivalent by 2020
Gazprom will annually produce 100 million tons of oil equivalent by 2020

Gazprom will annually produce 100 million tons of oil equivalent by 2020