2021

January

Gazprom began supplying gas to Serbia, as well as to Bosnia and Herzegovina, via a new route across Turkey and Bulgaria.

Gas metering station No. 4 in Gospodinci, Serbia. Photo: facebook.com/buducnostsrbijeavucic
Gas metering station No. 4 in Gospodinci, Serbia. Photo: facebook.com/buducnostsrbijeavucic

Gas metering station No. 4 in Gospodinci, Serbia. Photo: facebook.com/buducnostsrbijeavucic

Gazprom confirmed the compliance of its quality management and process safety management systems with international standards.

A special-purpose vehicle named Gazoprovod Soyuz Vostok was registered in Mongolia. The company was established with the purpose of performing design and survey works and conducting a feasibility study regarding the construction project for a gas trunkline to supply Russian gas across Mongolia to China.

February

Alexey Miller was elected as the Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee for another 5-year term.

Alexey Miller. Photo by TASS
Alexey Miller. Photo by TASS

Alexey Miller. Photo by TASS

Irina Milyutina was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee – Head of the Management Committee Administration.

Andrey Chekansky was appointed Head of Department 647.

Nikolai Tkachenko was appointed Director General of Gazstroyprom.

March

The Gazprom Management Committee approved the 2021–2025 Comprehensive Program for the reconstruction and re-equipment of gas and liquid hydrocarbon processing facilities.

The following documents were signed:

  • the Agreement of Strategic Cooperation for a five-year period between Gazprom and Shell;
  • the Agreement between Gazprom, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Government of St. Petersburg, and KAMAZ. The parties will consolidate their efforts to achieve a stage-wise conversion of road and waterborne passenger vehicles, as well as municipal vehicles to natural gas throughout 2021–2023;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation for 2021–2023 between Gazprom and the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area;
  • the agreement of intent between RusKhimAlyans and Linde Engineering. The document outlines the main terms and conditions of a prospective EPSS contract providing for engineering services, equipment supplies, and maintenance of gas processing and off-site facilities.

Viktor Sharokhin was appointed Head of Department 335 of Gazprom and Director General of Gazprom 335.

Anton Dzhalyabov was appointed Director General of Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk.

April

The Svobodny Thermal Power Plant came onstream in the Amur Region. The TPP will supply process steam and electricity to the Amur Gas Processing Plant.

The Mozdok – Grozny gas pipeline was launched. The pipeline will further strengthen the reliability of the Chechen Republic’s energy system and make it possible to bring gas to more consumers.

Gazprom and Wintershall Dea began production from Block 5А in the Achimov formations of the Urengoyskoye field as part of comprehensive testing.

Gazprom held the Investor Day online via a live webcast.

Airat Ishmurzin was elected Director General of Gazprom Pererabotka.

May

Construction began on the Complex for processing ethane-containing gas near the settlement of Ust-Luga, the only cluster of this kind in the world, combining capacities for gas processing, gas chemistry, and natural gas liquefaction.

The architectural concept was unveiled for the 703-meter skyscraper Lakhta Center 2 in St. Petersburg.

The Gazprom Board of Directors approved the Sustainable Development Policy of the Gazprom Group.

The 9th Season of the Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship drew to a close. The participants won the programme’s third GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the most users to visit a virtual stadium (during the Football for Friendship eWorld Championship).

June

Gazprom held the annual General Shareholders Meeting in the form of absentee voting. The Company's Board of Directors was elected as follows: Andrey Akimov, Timur Kulibaev, Denis Manturov, Vitaly Markelov, Viktor Martynov, Vladimir Mau, Alexey Miller, Alexander Novak, Mikhail Sereda, Nikolai Shulginov, and Viktor Zubkov.

Viktor Zubkov was elected as Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors and Alexey Miller as Deputy Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors.

The first production train of the Amur Gas Processing Plant, one of the largest plants of its kind in the world, was launched.

The following documents were signed:

  • the Program for scientific & technical cooperation and partnership for 2021–2023 between Gazprom and the Comita Group of Companies;
  • an Agreement between Gazprom, the Russian Ministry of Energy, and the Kemerovo Region on gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion in Kuzbass, including through coalbed methane liquefaction;
  • an Agreement between Gazprom, the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Kemerovo Region on the development of equipment and technologies for the construction of wells, production of gas from coalbed methane reservoirs, and subsequent processing and liquefaction of this gas in Kuzbass;
  • roadmaps between Gazprom and a number of constituent entities of the Russian Federation, namely the Republics of Bashkortostan and Buryatia, the Voronezh Region, the Tomsk Region, and the Tyumen Region, for the increased use of high-tech products, including import-substituting ones, for the benefit of Gazprom;
  • an Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and the Nizhny Novgorod Region. The document stipulates that Gazprom will take part in the creation of a park commemorating the 800th anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod;
  • Cooperation Agreement between Gazprom, State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, and State Space Corporation Roscosmos. The parties are interested in creating a unified system for geotechnical monitoring of hazardous industrial facilities in Russia;
  • an Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and Corporation Moscow Institute for Heat Technology (MIT). The document provides for interaction between the parties in the creation of hydraulic fracturing complexes to be used in the implementation of the current and future projects of Gazprom;
  • preliminary contract between Gazprom and Caspian Innovation Company (CIC) for the supply of liquefied petroleum gases from Gazprom's Astrakhan GPP to the prospective Astrakhan Gas Chemical Complex of CIC;
  • an Agreement of Intent between Gazprom and the State Hermitage Museum. The document outlines the implementation of joint social-and-cultural projects which cover, inter alia, activities related to exhibitions, expositions, and education.
  • an Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum and Heritage Site for the preservation of cultural heritage and development;
  • an Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and the Peterhof State Museum Reserve for the preservation of cultural heritage and development of the Peterhof State Museum Reserve;
  • an EPC contract between RusKhimAlyans, Linde, and Renaissance Heavy Industries, which stipulates that the consortium of Linde and Renaissance Heavy Industries will carry out the design works, equipment supplies, construction, and commissioning of gas processing and off-site facilities at the Gas Processing Complex near Ust-Luga;
  • an agreement of cooperation between Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk, SIBUR Holding, and the Amur Gas Chemical Complex. The document outlines the basic terms and conditions of long-term arrangements on the joint use of the infrastructure of the Amur Gas Processing Plant for the construction of the Amur Gas Chemical Complex of SIBUR;
  • Memorandum of Understanding between RusKhimAlyans and SOGAZ with the purpose of establishing and advancing a strategic partnership to create an effective system for insurance protection during the implementation of investment projects by RusKhimAlyans;
  • long-term time charter contracts between Sakhalin Energy and Sovcomflot for the operation of two green series tankers named Prospect Korolyova and Prospekt Vernadskogo;
  • an Agreement of Cooperation in the implementation of digitalization projects between Gazprom Mezhregiongaz, Gazprombank, and Rostelecom.

July

The Gazprom Board of Directors formed the Sustainable Development Committee.

Gazprom and Russian Helicopters signed the Agreement of Strategic Cooperation for the supply of first domestically-produced offshore helicopters of the type Mi-171A3.

August

Gazprom was registered in St. Petersburg. The new address of the Company is St. Petersburg, 2/3 Lakhtinsky Ave., Bldg. 1 (Lakhta Center Multifunctional Complex).

The Well Construction Center was established at Gazprom Nedra. The key objective of the Center is to provide geological and engineering support in real time during the construction of production wells at Gazprom's fields.

September

The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was fully completed.

Developments at the Amur Gas Processing Plant:

The world's biggest helium hub came onstream in the Primorye Territory. The hub will provide servicing for containers that are sent to the Amur GPP to be filled, arrange logistics operations and carry out acceptance, weight checks and preparation of thermally-insulated containers arriving from the GPP for their further loading onto sea vessels.

The following documents were signed:

  • two long-term contracts between Gazprom Export and MVM CEEnergy Ltd. for supplies of Russian gas to Hungary. Both contracts, which in total envisage supplies of up to 4.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year, will be effective for 15 years;
  • the document between Gazprom and Moldovagaz to extend the existing contract for Russian gas supplies to the Republic of Moldova for one month from October 1, 2021;
  • the Cooperation Agreement in the field of hydrogen energy between Gazprom, the Sakhalin Region, and State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom. The document outlines the main areas of cooperation between the parties in the implementation of the construction project for a plant based in the Sakhalin Region to produce hydrogen from natural gas via steam methane reforming with capture of carbon dioxide;
  • the 2021–2025 gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion program between Gazprom and the Irkutsk Region;
  • the ЕРС contract between RusKhimAlyans, Linde, and Renaissance Heavy Industries for the construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant within the Gas Processing Complex near Ust-Luga (GPC, part of the Complex for processing ethane-containing gas);
  • the agreement between Gazprom Neft and LUKOIL to create a joint venture (JV) for the development of a major oil-and-gas cluster in the Nadym-Pur-Taz region of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area;
  • the Cooperation Agreement between Gazprom Helium Service and Russian Far East and Arctic Development Corporation for the creation of a Complex for natural gas liquefaction in the Svobodnensky District of the Amur Region;
  • the Cooperation Agreement between Gazprom Helium Service and the Government of the Amur Region. The document will, inter alia, provide a possibility for the boiler houses of Belogorsk to use the LNG that will be produced by the Complex for natural gas liquefaction to be built in the Svobodnensky District of the Amur Region.

The International Business Congress held its 24th General Meeting.

October

Hungary and Croatia started receiving Russian natural gas via a new route: by the TurkStream gas pipeline and further across the national gas transmission systems of Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary.

The following documents were signed:

  • the contract between Gazprom and Moldovagaz for Russian gas supplies to consumers in the Republic of Moldova from November 1, 2021, for a period of five years;
  • the updated Agreement on scientific and technical cooperation, personnel training and development between Gazprom and Uniper;
  • the Memorandum of Intent between Gazprom, Linde, and RusKhimAlyans (with a view to assessing the possibility of building an additional – the third one – production train at the LNG production plant as part of the GPC of CPECG);
  • the Agreement of Intent between Gazprom and the Russian Government aimed at advancing the hi-tech area of activity “Development of hydrogen energy and decarbonization of industry and transport on the basis of natural gas” in the Russian Federation;
  • the Roadmap between Gazprom and the Government of the Leningrad Region to implement a pilot project for NGV market development;
  • the scientific and technical cooperation program for 2021–2025 between Gazprom and TMK;
  • the long-term contract between Gazprom and Caspian Innovation Company for supplies of ethane fraction and liquid hydrocarbons;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation (the parties will define the paths forward for creating domestic technologies and equipment for Gazprom's projects on the Russian continental shelf);
  • the Agreement of Intent between Gazprom and United Shipbuilding Corporation to provide sea vessels with modern satellite communication complexes;
  • the Agreement of Cooperation between Gazprom and Russian Helicopters to provide helicopter units with state-of-the-art satellite equipment;
  • the Memorandum of Intent between Gazprom and Irkutsk Oil Company (reflecting the parties' interest in starting a joint project for the production and processing of formation brines from the Kovyktinskoye field in order to obtain lithium compounds and other valuable components);
  • the Agreement of Intent between Gazprom, the Rostec State Corporation, and the Republic of Bashkortostan (to create a production and technological complex for the repair and further testing of 16 MW gas turbine engines of the AL series);
  • the Agreement of Intent between Gazprom and United Engine Corporation to develop and implement PD-14-engine-based gas turbine drive engines for gas compressor units;
  • the Coordination Agreement between Gazprom Helium Service, Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, the Administration of the Volgograd Region, and BYKOVOGAZ to develop comprehensive infrastructure for the production, storage, transportation and consumption of liquefied natural gas in the Volgograd Region;
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between Gazprom Helium Service and Space Rocket Center Progress to create an LNG production complex in the Amur Region;
  • the Agreement between Gazprom Helium Service and Project Initiatives Development Agency to expand the capacities of the transport and logistical infrastructure of the Amur Region during the transportation of liquefied petroleum gases produced by the Amur GPP;
  • the Agreement of Intent between Gazprom Helium Service and the FESCO Transportation Group to consider the option of using the capacities of the Commercial Port of Vladivostok with the purpose of shipping thermally-insulated containers with commercial helium arriving from the Amur GPP;
  • the Agreement of Strategic Cooperation between Gazprom EP International B.V. and 1C;
  • the agreements between Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo and the governments of three Russian regions – the Republics of Tatarstan and Mordovia and the Kaliningrad Region – on the wider use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel;
  • the contract between RusKhimAlyans and Velesstroy to build a temporary shift camp designed to accommodate 5,000 construction workers near Ust-Luga;
  • the long-term service maintenance contract for GCU-32 Ladoga units between Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk and REP Holding;
  • the action plan between Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo and Avtodor to develop NGV refueling infrastructure along the roads that were handed over for trust management to Avtodor in the Moscow Region;
  • the Memorandums of Cooperation between the Institute of Oil and Gas Technology Initiatives (founded by Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, SIBUR Holding, and Tatneft) and Petrofac International Limited (UK), Linde, and Linde Engineering (Germany).