Gazprom and RusGazDobycha create joint venture to develop Tambeyskoye field in Yamal

Background The Tambeyskoye field in the Yamal Peninsula is located within three licensed blocks that are currently owned by Gazprom Nedra: Severo-Tambeysky, Zapadno-Tambeysky, and Tasiysky. In May 2021, Gazprom and RusGazDobycha signed the Master Agreement on the implementation of a joint project for the development of the Tambeyskoye field. On November 1, 2021, the general meeting of the founding members of Gazprom Dobycha Tambey took place. During the…

Putin Calls for Boost to Drone Arsenal With AI

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday told his defense chiefs to work on further developing Russia’s arsenal of drones, especially through artificial intelligence. During a meeting with senior Defense Ministry officials, Putin said the military already had more than 2,000 drones at its disposal. “More work must be done on this… in particular through the use…

Jailed Russian Ex-Journalist Safronov Faces New Treason Charges – Lawyer

Prominent Russian ex-journalist Ivan Safronov faces new charges of treason, his former lawyer said Tuesday as reports indicated that authorities were wrapping up their investigation into his case. Though case materials are classified, investigators allege that NATO recruited Safronov in 2012 and that he passed secret information on Russia’s military activities in the Middle East…

Foreigners Cancel Trips to Russia Over Covid Pass Uncertainty

Foreign tourists are canceling trips to Russia in droves over confusion surrounding digital coronavirus passes after current nationwide restrictions are lifted, the Russian Association of Tour Operators (ATOR) said Tuesday. ATOR head Maya Lomidze said foreign visitors vaccinated with non-Russian jabs are not allowed to visit popular tourist destinations like museums and theaters in certain…

Haunting Fog Descends Upon Moscow

Muscovites were treated to a supernatural sight Monday evening as a thick white fog swiftly descended upon the city. Like a scene from a horror movie, the mist blanketed the Russian capital almost completely, significantly reducing visibility and transforming all light into an eerie glow. Under this mist, the Russian capital appears even more enigmatic…

Gas production and supplies: results for 10 months

Message to the Media November 1, 2021, 15:00 According to preliminary data, Gazprom produced 422.6 billion cubic meters of gas in January–October of 2021, which is 15.8 per cent (or 57.7 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period of last year. Gazprom ramped up its domestic supplies from the gas transmission system by 17.2 per cent (or by 28.8 billion cubic meters) over said period of 2021. The Company…

Gazprom and Moldovagaz extend contract for Russian gas supplies to Moldova for five years

October 29, 2021, 21:10 Based on the results of the negotiations held by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Andrei Spinu, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development of the Republic of Moldova, and Vadim Ceban, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Moldovagaz, the protocol for the settlement of current issues in the gas sector was signed today in St. Petersburg.…

Gazprom undertaking 1.5-fold expansion of mobile compressor station fleet for gas conservation during gas pipeline repairs

October 29, 2021, 19:25 Gazprom is committed to preserving the favorable environment for the benefit of the current and future generations. The results of the Company’s production activities have the lowest carbon footprint among the world’s oil & gas majors. Gazprom continues the work aiming specifically to further reduce its environmental impacts. The Company has made a decision to implement a 1.5-fold expansion of its fleet of mobile compressor…

What’s On in Moscow Oct. 29-31

Moscow is on a partial lockdown until Nov. 7, which means that the only cultural venues open are theaters and museums. Conditions vary, so be sure to check on the venue’s website before you register to attend an event. In most cases children under the age of 18 are freely admitted, but anyone older than…

Russian Urban Exploration Blogger Gets Prison Sentence for Sharing State Secrets

A St. Petersburg blogger known for exploring abandoned urban and industrial sites has been sentenced to prison for spreading state secrets abroad. Investigators say Andrei Pyzh, 37, illegally obtained information relating to the design and technical features of classified facilities in the Moscow region from December 2018 until the time of his August 2020 detention. …

Gazprom reaches set level of working gas inventories in Russian storages

Background Analysis of actual weather conditions in Russia and Europe over the past few years confirms that the winter period now includes the spring month of March. Therefore, efforts for ensuring the availability of sufficient reserves in underground gas storage (UGS) facilities and maintaining their high deliverability by the beginning of spring are among the key factors for successful operation in the season…

Gazprom and SOCAR hold working meeting

October 29, 2021, 16:30 A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Rovnag Abdullayev, President of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), took place today in St. Petersburg. The parties discussed the potential avenues for their cooperation in the energy sector. Alexey Miller Rovnag Abdullayev (center) Background SOCAR is Azerbaijan’s largest state-owned petroleum company engaged…

U.S., Allies Chastise Russia on Media Freedom

The United States and its allies on Thursday urged Russia to protect media freedom, condemning what they called a crackdown on independent outlets. In a joint statement, the United States and 17 other nations including France, Germany, and Britain said that Russia’s strenuous new requirements on media to label themselves as “foreign agents,” with fines…

Engineering Division of ROSATOM has involved Rusatom Cargo in delivery of equipment for Kudankulam NPP (India)

On October 26, 2021, the Transfighter vessel with shipload cargo for Kudankulam NPP that is under construction in Tamil Nadu State (Republic of India) left St. Petersburg for the port of Tuticorin in India. According to Alexander Kvasha, First Deputy Director for Projects in India – Technical Director of JSC ASE, “this batch of equipment…

Leader of IRC MBIR Consortium and Joint Institute for Nuclear Research have agreed on scientific, technical and innovative cooperation based on MBIR reactor

The agreement will contribute to the creation of an international research center based on the MBIR reactor (IRC MBIR) and the formation of a competence center for the development of generation 4 reactor technologies. On October 27, in Dubna, Leader of IRC MBIR Consortium, LLC (subsidiary of ROSATOM) and Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR)…

Alexey Miller and Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu continue negotiations on gas supplies

Background In 2020, Gazprom supplied 3.05 billion cubic meters of gas to Moldova, an increase of 5.5 per cent against 2019 (2.89 billion cubic meters). Moldovagaz is a joint Russian-Moldovan company set up by Gazprom, the Moldovan Government, and the Ministry of Industry of Transnistria. On September 30, 2021, Gazprom and Moldovagaz signed the document to extend the existing contract for Russian gas supplies to the Republic of Moldova for one month from October…

Gazprom prioritizing employee health protection

October 28, 2021, 17:15 The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the provision of medical services and health & disease control measures at Gazprom, its subsidiaries and entities. It was highlighted that the protection of employee health is among the priorities of the Company’s social policy. The employees are provided with timely, easily accessible and high-quality medical services and undergo preventive…

Gazprom aiming to expand liquefied natural gas production for foreign and domestic markets

October 28, 2021, 17:05 The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the progress of the projects for the production and supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG). It was noted that the Company’s work in this promising direction will make it possible to strengthen the position of Gazprom in foreign markets and address in a more flexible manner the tasks related to providing reliable gas supplies to domestic consumers.…

432 kilometers built within Power of Siberia gas pipeline’s section between Kovyktinskoye and Chayandinskoye fields

October 28, 2021, 16:55 The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the progress of the Company’s major investment projects. In the east of Russia, the Company continues pre-development operations at the Chayandinskoye field, which forms the basis for the Yakutia gas production center. Systematic development of gas producing wells is underway at the field, and the construction of auxiliary production facilities for the oil rim is nearing…

Gazprom’s production increase to cover about one-third of global gas consumption growth in 2021

October 28, 2021, 16:45 The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the impact of the events of 2021 on the long-term outlook for the global energy market. This year’s most significant trends are economic recovery and growth in energy consumption. According to preliminary estimates, global gas consumption is going to rise by 150 billion cubic meters to 4.2 trillion cubic meters in 2021. The largest…