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Elena Burmistrova is Director General of Gazprom Export.
Elena Burmistrova was born in Moscow.
In 1995, she graduated from Maurice Thorez Moscow State Linguistic University.
In 2007, she completed the American Business and Practices program at Northeastern University in Boston (United States). In 2009, she received an MBA degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Elena Burmistrova started her career at Glencore International (Switzerland) in 1992 and went on to work for various international companies.
Deputy Director of Spetsgaz (Gazprom Export).
Department Head, Managing Director for Oil, Oil Derivatives and Petrochemicals at Gazprom Export.
Deputy Director General for Petroleum Products, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and New Gas Markets at Gazprom Export.
From July 2014
Director General of Gazprom Export.
Gazprom Export’s office in St. Petersburg
The Soyuzgazexport All-Union Association was founded on April 23, 1973.
In the autumn of 1991, Soyuzgazexport joined Gazprom State Gas Concern as a state-owned foreign trade enterprise. In December of the same year, it was renamed as Gazexport State Foreign Trade Enterprise, as organizations located in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic were transferred to the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation.
In 1993, the company was transformed into Gazexport Foreign Trade Enterprise, a subsidiary of Russian Joint Stock Company Gazprom.
Gazexport LLC was established in 1997 under Resolution No. 39 by the Management Committee of RJSC Gazprom dated April 9, 1997, and Decision No. 53 by the Board of Directors of OJSC Gazprom dated February 12, 1998. At present, PJSC Gazprom is the founder and sole owner of the company.
In November 2006, pursuant to the founder's decision, Gazexport was renamed as Gazprom Export.
In November 2013, following the founder’s decision, Gazprom Export relocated to St. Petersburg.
- Gazprom Export is the world’s largest natural gas exporter.
- ‘Blue fuel’ exports to over 20 countries.
- International marketing of gas condensate, oil, oil derivatives, liquefied petroleum gases, and other products of the petroleum and petrochemical industries.
- Gas trading in new markets, export flow optimization, and gas market analysis and forecasting.
- Development and implementation of Gazprom Group’s domestic and international investment projects in the field of gas and gas-fired power generation.
- Gazprom Export is one of the most successful and advanced companies in Russia. State budget revenues are largely dependent on the company’s export proceeds.
- The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom.
- In 2015, natural gas exports to Europe totaled 158.6 billion cubic meters.
- Maintaining the position of the leading gas exporter in Europe.
- Entering new markets.
- Diversifying the product portfolio (LNG, oil, oil derivatives, and electricity).
- Expanding presence in sales to end consumers.
- Developing the international infrastructure and enhancing economic efficiency.
Gazprom Export strictly conforms to stringent standards for gas quality, ensuring full compliance with the European environmental norms and requirements.
Russian gas exports form an important part of Europe’s energy security, as evidenced by a more than 40-year history of gas deliveries to European countries. Gazprom Export’s management is committed to maintaining the company’s reputation among its partners and the general public.
The company’s activities, which are consonant with the interests of Russian gas importers, are aimed at ensuring the following:
- reliable, sustainable and stable gas supplies to importing countries;
- inflow of investments into gas transmission and distribution networks;
- revenues from Russian gas transit and storage;
- environmental improvements thanks to using gas instead of other energy sources;
- increased employment in the field of imported gas transmission and distribution.
The construction and operation of underground gas storage (UGS) facilities is among Gazprom Export’s most important focus areas. UGS facilities ensure uninterrupted gas deliveries during peak demand periods and maintenance works at gas pipelines. Between 2006 and 2015, Gazprom Export’s available gas storage capacities in Europe grew from 1.40 to 4.9 billion cubic meters, while the daily deliverability skyrocketed from 18.20 to 61.5 million cubic meters. The company operates five UGS facilities, including (jointly with Germany’s Wingas) German-based Rehden, Europe’s largest gas storage facility. In conjunction with its Czech partners, the company plans to put Damborice, a new UGS facility, onstream in 2016.
It is reasonable to presume that gas demand in Europe will grow in the long term. As the greenest fossil fuel, natural gas is a perfect complement to renewable energy sources.
Gas supplies to China
According to experts from China and other foreign countries, the demand for natural gas in China could reach 300–400 billion cubic meters by 2020. In 2014, Gazprom and CNPC signed a 30-year Agreement for Russian gas deliveries to China in the amount of 38 billion cubic meters per year. The fields in the Irkutsk and Yakutia gas production centers constitute the resource base for the project. Gazprom will begin supplying gas directly to China in 2019 via the Power of Siberia gas transmission system.
Compared to conventional oil products, gas is more environmentally friendly, reliable, and cheaper as a fuel. Gazprom Group is interested in developing NGV markets, especially in Europe. The Group’s gas filling infrastructure plays a key role in promoting the use of gas as a vehicle fuel. Gazprom Group implements projects for the construction of CNG stations and gas conversion of bus fleets, as well as promotes small-scale LNG as a fuel for heavy trucks, urban motor vehicles, and sea and river transport.
Another promising business area for Gazprom Group is expanding its presence in the LNG market. By ramping up LNG volumes, the Group enters new markets and thereby boosts exports. In the future, most of its LNG supplies will be provided by Russian-based projects. Today, the Group supplies LNG to Asia-Pacific markets (Japan, South Korea, China, and India).
Gazprom Export attaches great importance to complying with international environmental standards. When gas is transported from Western Siberia to the CIS and Central and Western Europe, the operability of the gas transmission system is the focus of attention. Extrapolation of gas leakage measurement data shows that the overall gas losses across Gazprom’s entire gas trunkline system, including production facilities, are as low as about 1 per cent. Gas is supplied to consumers with minimal environmental impact. Thanks to state-of-the-art energy saving equipment, gas can be burned with high efficiency and minimum harmful emissions like carbon dioxide that contributes to the greenhouse effect.
As one of Russia’s largest energy exporters, Gazprom Export sees its mission as not only successfully expanding its business, but also consolidating its status as a socially responsible company by upholding certain ethical norms, paying particular attention to socially significant issues, and doing the utmost to solve them.
Charitable activities and sponsorship programs are an integral part of Gazprom Export’s corporate strategy. In addition to being a reliable business partner, the company is committed to advancing the dialogue between the society and the business community in a variety of fields.
The sponsorship and charity strategy is underpinned by the efficient and long-term development of projects whose thematic and geographical reach is inextricably connected to the company’s main activities. Gazprom Export supports cultural, educational, social and other projects through its sponsorship and charity programs.