Gazprom Geotech

formerly Podzemgazprom

100per cent ownership by Gazprom


11/2 1st Magistralnaya Street
123290, Moscow
Russian Federation

+7 499 940-02-68
+7 499 940-03-79 fax

Valery Khloptsov is Director General of Gazprom Geotech.

Valery Khloptsov was born on April 3, 1961 in the town of Orsk, Orenburg Oblast.

He graduated from Moscow State Mining University with a diploma in Mining Physics and Processes.

He holds a PhD in Engineering.


Junior Research Associate at Skochinsky Mining Institute.


Took various research and teaching positions at Moscow State Mining University.


Laboratory Head, Deputy Director General for Research, Chief Engineer, Deputy Director General at Podzemgazprom.


Acting Director General at Podzemgazprom.


Director General at Podzemgazprom.

since October 2013

Director General of Gazprom Geotech (former Podzemgazprom).

Company history

Podzemgazprom headquarters

Podzemgazprom headquarters

In 1992 the Podzemgazprom Sci-Tech Center was set up on the basis of the underground gas storage department of VNIIPromgaz to deal with engineering and research in construction, operation and decommissioning of underground storage facilities in impermeable rocks.

In 1998 the Podzemgazprom Sci-Tech Center was transformed into a limited liability company and entered in Gazprom Group as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Podzemgazprom is the key R&D enterprise dealing with construction, operation and decommissioning of underground gas storage facilities. It was Podzemgazprom that laid the foundation for underground storage of gaseous and liquid hydrocarbons in tight and impermeable formations.

Podzemgazprom was renamed Gazprom Geotech on October 17, 2013.

Major activities

Leaching plant of Kaliningrad UGS facility

Leaching plant of Kaliningrad UGS facility

Podzemgazprom is focused on R&D studies in underground storage of gas, oil and petroleum products in salt caverns and permafrost formations. Besides, the company performs underground storage tanks construction operations and renders engineering services.

As part of the corporate purpose-oriented programs, Podzemgazprom takes efforts on decommissioning of radiation hazardous facilities of Gazprom.

More than 100 storage tanks were built in Russia and the CIS with the use of technologies created by Podzemgazprom. Some of the projects were delivered jointly with Bulgaria, China, France, Germany, Turkey and other countries.

Leaching plant dispatch room, Kaliningrad UGS facility

Leaching plant dispatch room, Kaliningrad UGS facility

Environmental protection

Podzemgazprom is committed to enforcing labor protection and process safety rules at its production facilities. The employees’ labor conditions comply with the safety and hygiene standards. The company recurrently takes actions for the environmental impact mitigation. Environmental economics are taken into account along with financial and economic parameters in the project development process.

Social policy

Council of young researchers and experts, Podzemgazprom

Council of young researchers and experts, Podzemgazprom

Podzemgazprom repeatedly takes actions stipulated by the Comprehensive Program aimed at implementing Gazprom’s HR Policy. In particular, the company provides social protection to employees and off-the-job pensioners, offers various allowances, guarantees and compensations. It also arranges workshops among young experts, assists in the young employees’ career development, involves the youth in research and creative activities as well as in sports and cultural events.

Development prospects

The company pursues the objective of meeting the prioritized industry-specific sci-tech challenges to create new technologies for construction and operation of intelligent underground facilities for gas and liquid hydrocarbons storage.

The prospective lines of business include construction of versatile underground storage tanks in permafrost formations of northern fields.

At present, Podzemgazprom is engaged in creating underground helium storage facilities that are required to balance the operation of complex engineering systems during exploration and development of helium fields in Eastern Siberia and the Far East as well as to foster helium production on the basis of Gazprom’s fields.