Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

100 per cent ownership by Gazprom

formerly Gazprom Dobycha Shelf


101 Gazoprovod Settlement

Sosenskoye village

142770, Moscow


+7 495 817-13-80

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Head of PR and Media Relations Service

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Vladimir Krokha – Director General of Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Vladimir Krokha was born in the Bashkir ASSR in 1973. He graduated from Tomsk Polytechnic University in 1995, majoring in ‘oil and gas field development and operation’. He has an MBA degree.

From 1991 to 1999

He went up the career ladder, starting from the oil and gas production operator and moving to the position of the Lead Geologist at Kholmogorneft Oil and Gas Production Directorate.

From 1999 to 2011

The geologist of the 2nd grade, Lead Geologist of the Field Development Division, Deputy Head of the Geologic Division, Head of the Prospective Development and Licensing Division, Head of the Exploration and Field Pre-Development Administration – branch of Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk.

From 2011 to 2015

Chief Engineer, First Deputy Director General – Chief Engineer of Gazprom Geologorazvedka.

Since February 2015

Director General of Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Company history




Photo essay

Millions of new lives

In 2002 Sevmorneftegaz was set up to explore and develop the offshore fields located in the Pechora and Barents Seas. In 2008 Sevmorneftegaz split into two companies: Gazprom Neft Shelf was established for developing offshore oil & gas fields and Gazprom Dobycha Shelf – for developing gas and gas & condensate fields on the shelf. In 2014 Gazprom Dobycha Shelf was renamed Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. In compliance with Gazprom’s strategy aimed at the Russian continental shelf development, the company’s immediate priority is building up and developing the resource base of Russia’s Far East.

At present, Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom faces the task of developing the fields within the Sakhalin III project – the company acts as a contractor and operator for the Kirinskoye and Yuzhno-Kirinskoye gas & condensate field pre-development projects.

The construction of the Kirinskoye field facilities was completed in record-breaking time of three years, applying most sophisticated transport logistics under harsh climatic conditions. In 2013 first gas was produced from the field. The system for delivering gas from the subsea production system to the onshore processing facility was successfully tested.

In 2014 the second production well was drilled in the Kirinskoye field. For the first time in Russia a slanted well with a horizontal section and subsea injection was drilled offshore.

In the eastern section of the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye field the exploration activities were completed, resulting in a 13 per cent build up of C1+C2 gas reserves. In 2014 two exploratory wells were drilled in the field.

Major activities

  • Developing gas, gas and condensate fields on the Russian continental shelf;
  • Evolving and improving technologies for hydrocarbons offshore production, transmission and processing;
  • Evolving and improving industrial and social infrastructure in gas production regions.

Environmental protection

The company’s activities are carried out in compliance with the Russian Federation environmental regulations as well as Gazprom’s Environmental Policy adhering to the existing environmental protection standards.

Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk pays special attention to ecological security at all the stages of a field development. In particular, environmental monitoring is performed on a regular basis.

Since 2012 the program for preserving and restoring the Sakhalin Region biodiversity has been pursued. Between 2012 and 2014 over 25 million chum salmon juveniles were released into the Sakhalin rivers.

In 2013 Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk started an environmental program for preserving Sakhalin taimen in the area of the Kirinskoye field operation. The Ecological Watch of Sakhalin public organization highly appreciates this project.

Social policy

The HR policy of Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is mainly focused on forming and developing a highly-skilled talent pool capable of executing day-to-day matters and strategic development plans in an efficient manner.

Specialists are constantly sought for, as skilled workforce is required for developing fields on the continental shelf. The company runs a personnel training and retraining program.

The primary trade union of Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is actively engaged in establishing social and labor relations between the company and the employees. Occupational health and safety, assistance in planning and holding cultural and sports & recreation events are just some of the tasks managed by the company’s trade union.

The employer and employees are bound by the collective agreement aimed at providing personnel with a high level of benefits, guarantees and compensations.

The School – University – Company program runs across the Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk area of activity, which provides career guidance help to schoolchildren, financial support to the gifted pupils entering the university and subsequent personnel training in the offshore field sector.

The company pays close attention to the cooperation with Russian leading universities, including Murmansk State Technical University and Sakhalin State University.


The key strategic objectives of Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk include developing new fields offshore the Sea of Okhotsk and building up gas volumes after bringing onstream the Kirinskoye gas & condensate field.

Unparalleled experience obtained during the Kirinskoye gas & condensate field development will allow the company to apply and deepen its expertise within other offshore projects.