Alexey Miller's column

On cooperation with Shell

“The accords reached constitute an outstanding example of developing a mutually beneficial strategic partnership between the largest global energy companies. Looking ahead, we expect new large-scale contracts and growing joint presence in new markets.”

Peter Voser and Alexey Miller

Peter Voser and Alexey Miller

On sustainable development

“The long-lasting history of Gazprom shows that the strategy pursued by the Company is in line with the sustainable development model which has recently gained wide public recognition. We believe that the primary challenge in achieving sustainability is balanced and efficient use of production resources to the benefit of the present and future generations. The sustainable development benchmarks help us build the Company’s business in the context of the global efforts aimed at addressing such critical international problems as energy efficiency, emissions reduction and social progress acceleration.

Having operations in over 80 constituents of the Russian Federation, we endeavor to ensure that the sustainable development of our business contributes to socioeconomic progress, a better environmental situation and greater prosperity of people in Russia’s regions. The large-scale social programs implemented by the Company are not an abstract ‘social burden’ but indispensable investments in social stability which is a prerequisite for long-term business development.”

On cooperation with French companies

“Successful delivery of new infrastructure projects such as Nord Stream and South Stream reflects the mutual interests of Russia and the European Union in the energy sector. It is evident to European partners that the existing infrastructure capacities are not enough to meet the long-term gas demand. I am confident that our cooperation with French companies is a key factor in meeting Europe’s growing need for natural gas.”

At working meeting between Alexey Miller and Jean-Francois Cirelli

At working meeting between Alexey Miller and Jean-Francois Cirelli

On partnership with Bulgaria as part of the South Stream project

“Today’s signing of the documents with our Bulgarian partners confirms the mutual interest of the parties in meeting the growing needs of continental Europe for natural gas. Participation of Bulgaria in the South Stream project proves it is timely and necessary to create additional infrastructure of a trans-European scale.”

Alexey Miller and Maya Hristova sign Shareholders’ Agreement for joint project company South Stream Bulgaria AD in presence of Vladimir Putin and Boyko Borisov. Photo by RIA Novosti

Alexey Miller and Maya Hristova sign Shareholders’ Agreement for joint project company South Stream Bulgaria AD in presence of Vladimir Putin and Boyko Borisov. Photo by RIA Novosti

On the Eastern Gas Program

“Execution of the Eastern Gas Program encompassing construction of the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline and the projected placement of the Yakutia – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline will not only meet the Russian consumer demand in the Far East, but also create the necessary prerequisites for extra gas supplies from Russia to Asia-Pacific including the Republic of  Korea.”