Alexey Miller and Vietnamese Ambassador address priorities of Russian-Vietnamese energy agenda
The Gazprom headquarters hosted a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company's Management Committee and Fam Suan Shon, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Russia.
The meeting addressed the issues of the Russian-Vietnamese cooperation in the energy sector. In particular, the parties praised the results of the joint exploration and production activities on the Vietnamese shelf and in Russia as well as expressed their satisfaction with the progress of a Vietnamese project for natural gas use as a vehicle fuel. In addition, the participants confirmed their willingness to arrange the Russian LNG supply to Vietnam.
Special attention was given to Gazprom's participation in the expansion of the Dung Quat oil refinery in Vietnam. It was noted that the interaction in the oil refining sector was, among other things, on top of the Russian-Vietnamese energy agenda and emphasized the strategic nature of cooperation between the two countries.
Gazprom and PetroVietnam entered into the Agreement on Strategic Partnership in 2009. In line with the document, the parties will continue jointly operating in Vietnam's offshore blocks and studying further prospects for cooperation in vacant licensed blocks of the Republic. The Agreement also contemplates a pro-active interaction between Gazprom and PetroVietnam in oil and gas projects across Russia, Vietnam and third countries within Gazpromviet.
Vietgazprom, joint operating company of Gazprom and PetroVietnam, is engaged in exploration activities in blocks No. 112, 129, 130, 131, 132 located in the continental shelf of Vietnam. In October 2013 Gazprom and PetroVietnam launched commercial gas production from the Moc Tinh and Hai Thach fields of licensed blocks 05.2 and 05.3 offshore Vietnam, with recoverable gas and condensate reserves amounting to 35.9 billion cubic meters and 15.2 million tons respectively.
In October 2013 Gazprom and PetroVietnam 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 converting public transport in Ho Chi Minh City to natural gas. Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo and Gazprom International represent Gazprom in the project.
In 2012 Gazprom Marketing & Trading Singapore and Vietnamese PetroVietnam Gas Joint Stock Corporation signed the Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the LNG supply sector. On March 4, 2014 the parties signed Heads of Agreement for LNG supply to the Thi Vai terminal in southern Vietnam.
Dung Quat, Vietnam's only oil refinery, has an output of 6.5 million tons per year and consumes some 85 and per cent of domestically produced oil and 15 per cent of oil exported from the Middle East.