The implementation of educational projects in St Petersburg, where the Gazprom Neft central office and Scientific and Technical Centre are located, is one of the priorities of the Company’s social policy. Thanks to cooperation with Saint Petersburg State University, we are carrying out a large-scale programme that aims to develop the northern capital’s scientific potential. Establishing scholarships for mathematicians and students in the mathematic and mechanical department will make it possible to provide promising young Russian professionals with the best conditions for education and continuing research.

Alexander Dybal Gazprom Neft Deputy CEO for Corporate Communications

The Gazprom Neft Scientific and Technical Centre has joined the federal programme for the comprehensive study of unconventional reserves as an industrial partner in order to further evaluate their characteristics and select promising technologies. The project will be implemented by the Engineering Centre of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), which won a competition held by the Russian Ministry of Education Science for the selection of scientific research with national importance as part of the programme «Research on priority areas for the development of the Russian science and technology sector in 2014-2020».

As part of research work that will continue until the end of 2016, geological, hydrodynamic and geomechanical 3D computer models of deposits are to be created, databases of the key parameters of these models are to be compiled and drafts of guidelines are to be prepared for the appraisal technologies of reserves and development. Along with MIPT, the project will also involve the Geological Department of Moscow State University, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech). In addition to programme co-financing in the amount of 10% of subsidies, Gazprom Neft will provide experts as an industrial partner to evaluate the results.

The Omsk Oil Refinery opened a core department at Omsk State Technical University (OSTU) in the reporting year. The department trains specialists in two petrochemical disciplines: «Chemical industry machinery and devices» and «Chemical technology of natural energy resources and carbon materials».

In 2014, Gazprom Neft along with the French Institute of Petroleum, the company IFP Training, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas and Omsk State Technical University launched a new project for the professional training of oil refining specialists.

A general agreement on cooperation was signed during the reporting year between the RUSNANO Fund for Infrastructure and Education Programmes and Gazprom Neft. The agreement aims to meet technological challenges in the exploration and development of oil and gas fields as well as the production and sale of petroleum products through the utilisation of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials.

Gazprom Neft and Rosgeo have concluded a cooperation agreement. The parties will develop long-term interaction in the study of subsoil resources as well as use innovative technologies to develop hydrocarbon resources, including those in the hard-to-recover category. The Company has expressed an interest in the systematic geological study of the continental shelf and the use of new technologies required to develop unconventional resources, including shale oil.

Atos, an international IT service provider and global IT partner of the International Olympic Committee, Gazprom Neft and SIBUR signed a memorandum on a long-term strategic partnership in the IT services sector.

Gazprom Neft and Weatherford signed a strategic partnership agreement that enables the companies to regularly exchange experience and technological data.

Specialists from Gazprom Neft and Weatherford intend to jointly study opportunities and determine methods to introduce the best technological solutions to improve the profitability and effectiveness of developing fields.

With leading positions in a number of economic efficiency indicators in the Russian oil industry, our Company is constantly searching for and choosing solutions that enable us to implement increasingly complex projects while simultaneously improving our operating results with the utilisation of the safest technologies for the environment. We cooperate with Weatherford and other leading Russian and foreign oil service and drilling companies, utilising their potential, experience and expertise to improve our own capabilities and develop our reserves as efficiently as possible.

Vadim Yakovlev Gazprom Neft First Deputy CEO