Gazprom Neft’s anti-COVID-19 programme

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Anti-COVID-19 action plan rolled out at Gazprom Neft’s Novoportovskoye field

An action plan comprising daily and strategic initiatives to be taken as part of the company’s “ANTIVIRUS” programme has been developed and deployed at Gazpromneft-Yamal, directed at ensuring the business remains in continuous production, and minimising the spread of COVID-19.

Contactless shift handovers have been organised, and major production sections isolated. Employees in specific departments can now only visit those facilities that they are assigned to, in order to minimise contacts with personnel from other units. Employees are kept separate when moving within both administrative and amenity buildings.

A “stand-in” management strategy has been introduced for administrative and managerial personnel, with key Gazpromneft-Yamal in-field and HQ department managers never overlapping with their deputies, thus minimising risks and ensuring the business’s continuous operation.

All departments at the Novoportovskoye field have been provided with enough reserve equipment to cover operations for a period of two to 12 months. In the event of any equipment deliveries being delayed, options have been put in place for alternatives to be found, or for materials and equipment to be redistributed among other enterprises within the company.

The situation at the Novoportovskoye field is currently good, mass testing of field employees is now complete, all health and safety requirements are being strictly adhered to, and the business is operating as usual.


The Novoportovskoye field is Gazprom Neft’s flagship Arctic project, at which drilling technologies are being tested under permafrost conditions. Horizontal and multilateral well-drilling, multi-stage hydraulic fracking and other cutting-edge technologies are being utilised in order to improve efficiency in developing this field. In 2020 the Novy Port project won the “Excellence in Project Integration” award, awarded every year at the International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC). The award is made for a project involving investment in excess of $500 million, and demonstrating industry-level excellence throughout the entire value chain: in project management, geology, drilling, engineering, construction, HSE and regional development. Gazprom Neft was the first-ever Russian company to receive this prestigious industry award.