Gazprom and PetroVietnam sign Sci-Tech Cooperation Agreement
Orenburg hosted the fifth meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) between Gazprom and PetroVietnam State Oil and Gas Corporation as part of the execution of the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed by the companies.
The meeting was held by the JCC Co-Chairmen – Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Nguyen Vu Truong Son, Vice President of PetroVietnam.
The meeting participants discussed the current cooperation issues concerning hydrocarbons development offshore Vietnam and in the Nagumanovskoye and Severo-Purovskoye fields in Russia. The parties expressed their contentment with the Vietgazprom joint operating company and Gazpromviet joint venture's performance in 2012.
Special attention was paid to the prospects for Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies from Vladivostok to Vietnam, as well as the possibility of establishing a joint venture for the NGV fuel use in the Republic. The meeting also addressed the issues of further cooperation in career development and staff retraining.
During the meeting, the companies inked a Sci-Tech Cooperation Agreement providing for the development of joint innovative activities in the Russian and international energy markets. In particular, the parties will extend cooperation in the spheres of gas exploration, production, transmission, underground storage, processing, ecology, hydrocarbons distribution and utilization, etc.
The meeting resulted in compiling an action plan for the JCC and the Gazprom and PetroVietnam Joint Working Group for 2013. The parties achieved agreements to intensify joint development of hydrocarbon fields in Russia and offshore Vietnam.
Phung Dinh Thuc and Vitaly Markelov at ceremonial launching of hydrocarbon feedstock production from well No.3 in Nagumanovskoye field
In the course of the event, Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Phung Dinh Thuc, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PetroVietnam State Oil and Gas Corporation took part in the ceremony of launching production of the first ton of hydrocarbon feedstock from well No.3. in the Nagumanovskoye oil and gas condensate field.
On September 11, 2000 Gazprom and PetroVietnam signed a contract that contemplated searching for, exploring, producing and marketing hydrocarbons in block No.112 of the Vietnamese continental shelf. To implement this contract, Gazprom and PetroVietnam established a joint operating company, Vietgazprom. As a result of the geological exploration performed in 2007, the Bao Vang gas and condensate field was discovered in the block. Natural gas reserves were also discovered in the adjacent Bao Den area in 2009.
In May 2008 Gazprom and PetroVietnam inked the Agreement for Further Cooperation. The Agreement stipulates geological exploration and further development of four new blocks offshore Vietnam as well as incorporation of the Gazpromviet joint venture to run its business in Russia and third countries with the following shareholding structure: Gazprom – 51 per cent and PetroVietnam – 49 per cent.
Gazprom Group is represented in Vietgazprom by Gazprom International, Gazprom's unified specialized company focused on hydrocarbons exploration and production abroad.
In October 2008 Gazprom and PetroVietnam signed a 30-year Oil and Gas Contract for blocks No.129, 130, 131, 132 on the continental shelf of the Republic of Vietnam. The document stipulates hydrocarbons exploration, development and production in these blocks. The Contract will be implemented on the PSA terms. Vietgazprom will act as the project operator. At the geological exploration phase, the project financing is carried out by Gazprom. As part of the Contract, 2D seismic and geochemical studies were performed. The obtained data is under processing and interpretation.
On December 15, 2009 Gazprom and PetroVietnam entered into the Agreement on Strategic Partnership. In line with the document, the parties will continue their joint operations in the Vietnamese offshore blocks as contemplated by previously signed oil and gas contracts. They will also study future prospects for cooperation between the companies in vacant Vietnamese licensed blocks.
The Agreement also contemplates active partnership between Gazprom and PetroVietnam on oil and gas projects in Russia, Vietnam and in third countries within Gazpromviet being currently set up. The Nagumanovskoye oil, gas and condensate field located in the Orenburg Region was defined as the major object of cooperation between the companies in Russia. Besides, Gazpromviet obtained a subsurface use license for the Severo-Purovskoye gas and condensate field located in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area. The joint venture may be involved in operations at other licensed blocks in the long run.
In April 2012 Gazprom and PetroVietnam signed the Agreement on Gazprom involvement in joint development projects for licensed blocks 05.2 and 05.3 offshore Vietnam.