Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

formerly Gazprom Dobycha Shelf

100per cent ownership by Gazprom

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

He was born in 1973 in the Bashkir Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.


Vladimir Krokha graduated from Tomsk Polytechnic University in 1995, majoring in Oil and Gas Field Development and Operation. He has an MBA degree.

Professional experience


Career path from Oil and Gas Development Operator to Lead Geologist of the Oil and Gas Production Directorate of Kholmogorneft.


Second-level Geologist, Lead Geologist of the Field Development Division, Deputy Head of the Geology Division, Head of the Prospective Development and Licensing Division, Head of the Field Exploration and Pre-Development Administration, branch of Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk.


Chief Engineer, First Deputy Director General, Chief Engineer at Gazprom Geologorazvedka.

from February 2015

Director General of Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Company history

Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom. The company’s history dates back to 2002 when Sevmorneftegaz was set up with the purpose of exploring and developing offshore fields located in the Pechora and Barents Seas. In 2008, Sevmorneftegaz split into two companies: Gazprom Neft Shelf, which was established for developing offshore oil and gas fields, and Gazprom Dobycha Shelf, set up for developing gas and gas condensate fields on the shelf. In 2014, Gazprom Dobycha Shelf was renamed as Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. In compliance with Gazprom’s strategy for Russian continental shelf development, the company’s immediate priority is to build up and develop the resource base of the Russian Far East.

Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is the project owner and operator for the Kirinskoye Gas and Condensate Field Pre-Development investment project on the shelf of the Sea of Okhotsk.

The company’s headquarters are located in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, with branch offices in Nogliki and Moscow, as well as representative offices in St. Petersburg and Murmansk.

Major activities

  • development and pre-development of gas and gas condensate fields on the Russian continental shelf;
  • development and improvement of technologies for offshore production, transportation and processing of hydrocarbons;
  • development and improvement of industrial and social infrastructure in gas production regions.

At the Kirinskoye gas and condensate field, Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk employs subsea gas production technologies that have never been used in Russia before. Subsea production equipment without surface structures is sited on the bottom of the Sea of Okhotsk, which allows the company to extract gas in difficult climate conditions without harming the environment.

Two wells are currently active at the Kirinskoye field. The project marks the first time that directional subsea wells with horizontal sections are being built on the Russian shelf.

The Yuzhno-Kirinskoye field was discovered in 2010 after prospecting well No. 1 had been drilled. Two exploratory wells were constructed at the field between 2011 and 2015.

Environmental protection

Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk complies with the Russian environmental legislation and Gazprom’s Environmental Policy, adhering to the existing environmental impact standards.

The company mitigates impacts on the region’s ecosystem in the course of subsea gas and gas condensate production.

Thanks to a thermal decontamination unit for household and industrial waste water at the Onshore Processing Facility, there is no risk of water pollution in the area.

The company’s mitigation measures include commercial fish reproduction programs. Between 2011 and 2015, over 25 million juvenile fish were released into Sakhalin rivers.

In addition, Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk developed and adopted an environmental program for preserving Sakhalin taimen, a rare and endangered fish species.

Social policy

The employment policy of Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is mainly aimed at forming and developing a highly-skilled talent pool capable of executing the company’s ongoing and strategic development plans in an efficient manner. The company runs personnel training and retraining programs.

The primary trade union of Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is actively engaged in establishing social and labor relations between the management and employees.

The company developed and adopted an efficient program called School – University – Business, which provides career guidance to schoolchildren, financial support to gifted high school graduates, and personnel training services to future gas workers.

Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is deeply committed to cooperating with Russia’s leading universities, including the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Murmansk State Technical University, and Sakhalin State University.


Within the framework of the Eastern Gas Program, the company plans to develop fields in the Kirinsky block of the Sakhalin III project. The fields will serve as the primary gas source for the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas transmission system and will form the resource base for LNG production and gasification of the region.

The unique experience gained in the development of the Kirinskoye gas and condensate field will be used in other projects on the Russian continental shelf.