Gazprom and ENGIE discuss scientific and technical cooperation
A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Gerard Mestrallet, Chairman of the ENGIE Board of Directors, took place today at the 6th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.
The parties discussed the development of partnership under the program for scientific and technical cooperation. They also commended joint efforts in such areas as pipeline transportation and underground gas storage; LNG production, storage, transportation and regasification; as well as energy saving. It was noted that the scientific and technical cooperation had high practical importance for enhancing the companies' performance.
The meeting also touched on gas deliveries from Russia to France and gas transmission to European countries.
The meeting participants reviewed the progress of the Nord Stream 2 project. ENGIE reaffirmed its position to facilitate the project.
Sergey Khomyakov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Pierre Chareyre, Executive Vice-President of ENGIE, signed today an Addendum to the Agreement of Cooperation between the companies in the area of personnel development. The document outlines the general terms and conditions of personnel training and development, including in such areas as gas transportation and storage; LNG liquefaction, transportation and regasification; implementation of innovative projects; energy efficiency; and international project management.
France's ENGIE (GDF SUEZ before 2015) deals with natural gas exploration, production, processing and marketing, as well as implements projects in the field of power generation.
Gazprom and ENGIE cooperate on gas supply and transmission projects (Nord Stream). The companies also interact in sci-tech development and pursue joint cultural projects.
In 2009, Gazprom and ENGIE inked the Agreement of Cooperation in the area of personnel development.
In 2015, Russian gas exports to France totaled 9.7 billion cubic meters, rising 36.8 per cent versus 2014.