Gazprom launches gas production in Vietnam
During the visit Alexey Miller held a working meeting with Truong Tan Sang, President of Vietnam. In addition, negotiations were held with Phung Dinh Thuc, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PetroVietnam Oil and Gas Group and Do Van Hau, President and CEO of PetroVietnam.
In the presence of the companies' top officials a solemn ceremony took place on the occasion of launching commercial gas production from the fields of licensed blocks 05.2 and 05.3 offshore Vietnam, with 8.5 million cubic meters of gas and 3.5 thousand tons of gas condensate to be daily produced there.
At solemn ceremony dedicated to launching commercial gas production offshore Vietnam
In addition, the Gazprom Management Committee Chairman Alexey Miller and the PetroVietnam President and CEO Do Van Hau signed the Agreement on the basic principles of the joint venture activities under a project for natural gas use as a vehicle fuel in the Republic of Vietnam. The document stipulates promoting the cooperation between the companies in the NGV sector, particularly when converting public transport in Ho Chi Minh City to natural gas.
“The implementation of such large-scale joint projects will make it possible to bring the cooperation between our companies to a new level of strategic importance. I am sure it will make a significant contribution to developing the fuel and energy sector of Vietnam and providing its consumers with an environmentally friendly fuel over the long term,” said Alexey Miller.
The parties reached the agreement to speed up the negotiating process surrounding liquefied natural gas supplies to Vietnam within the Vladivostok LNG project and sign a Framework Agreement concerning LNG supplies before the end of 2013.
The visit ended up with an awards ceremony where the superior honor awards of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam were presented. Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Vsevolod Cherepanov, Member of the Management Committee, Head of the Gas, Gas Condensate and Oil Production Department were awarded the Order of Friendship of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for the merits in the development of Vietnam's oil and gas industry.
Vitaly Markelov awarded Order of Friendship of Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Gazprom and PetroVietnam are engaged in exploration, production and marketing of hydrocarbons in block No.112 of Vietnam's continental shelf through the Vietgazprom joint operating company. As a result of the geological exploration performed in 2007, the Bao Vang gas and condensate field was discovered in the block. In 2009 natural gas reserves were also discovered in the adjacent Bao Den area.
A long-term Oil and Gas Contract is currently in force between Gazprom and PetroVietnam for blocks No.129, 130, 131 and 132 on the continental shelf of the Republic of Vietnam. The document stipulates hydrocarbon exploration, development and production in these blocks. The Contract will be implemented on the PSA terms. Vietgazprom acts as the project operator.
Gazprom Group is represented in Vietgazprom by Gazprom International – Gazprom’s unified specialized company dealing with hydrocarbon exploration and production abroad.
On December 15, 2009 Gazprom and PetroVietnam entered into the Agreement on Strategic Partnership. In line with the document, the parties will continue the joint operations in the Vietnamese offshore blocks as contemplated by previously signed oil and gas contracts. They will also study further prospects for cooperation between the companies in vacant Vietnamese licensed blocks. The Agreement also contemplates pro-active interaction between Gazprom and PetroVietnam in oil and gas projects across Russia, Vietnam and third countries within Gazpromviet. The Nagumanovskoye oil, gas and condensate field in the Orenburg Region as well as the Severo-Purovskoye gas and condensate field in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area were defined as the major objects of the companies' cooperation in Russia.
In April 2012 Gazprom Group and PetroVietnam signed the Agreement on Gazprom's involvement in joint development projects for licensed blocks 05.2 and 05.3 offshore Vietnam. Blocks 05.3 and 05.2 are located in the southeastern part of the Vietnamese shelf, in the Nam Con Son oil- and gas-bearing basin, 300 kilometers away from Vung Tau. Two gas and condensate fields – Moc Tinh and Hai Thach – were discovered within the blocks. The recoverable reserves of these fields amount to 35.9 billion cubic meters of gas and 15.2 million tons of gas condensate.
In July 2012 Gazprom Marketing & Trading Singapore and PetroVietnam Gas Joint Stock Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with regard to cooperation in the LNG supply sector.
On May 14, 2013 Gazprom and PetroVietnam signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in natural gas production and use as a vehicle fuel in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Gazprom considers the NGV market as a promising area of the Company's activities targeted at increasing the economic efficiency of Russian gas sales abroad.
The Joint Coordinating Committee between Gazprom and PetroVietnam Oil and Gas Group is engaged in activities aimed at expanding the interaction between the companies and exploring possibilities for cooperation in the natural gas vehicles area.
For the purpose of improving the efficiency of the NGV market development strategy Gazprom set up a special-purpose company – Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo – consolidating the Company's relevant assets.