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Gazprom Neft to promote the conservation and repopulation of fish bio-resources in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug

An agreement has been signed during the recent working meeting between Gazprom Neft and the Government of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug on preserving biological diversity and sustainability in commercial fish production: the signatories to the document being Dmitry Artyukhov, Governor of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, and Alexander Dyukov, CEO, Gazprom Neft.

The company will expand its own programme for preserving aquatic biological resources and their habitats throughout the Okrug. The parties discussed the possibility of long-term cooperation between Gazprom Neft subsidiaries and the Sobsky Fish Plant — this scientific research organisation being the only one in the Russian Arctic specialising in fish farming and releasing large volumes of young fry into the main waterway of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and the entire Urals Federal District — the River Ob. The plant’s technological equipment is unmatched, and comprises 685 incubators and 180 farm ponds. Company subsidiaries previously released 41 million pelyad, muksun and other kinds of fish fry into the Ob-Irtysh basin, in 2017 — 2018. The company’s biological-diversity conservation programme will be expanded in 2019. Restoring ecological balance and biodiversity in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug forms part of Gazprom Neft’s contribution to preserving the delicate natural environment of the Arctic, every year.

The parties used the opportunity of this working meeting to review progress on the implantation of the company’s strategic projects in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. The successful development of a key Gazprom Neft asset — the Novoportovskoye field, located on the Yamal Peninsula — continues apace, with the operator, Gazpromneft-Yamal, having achieved planned performance levels, of 9.9 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe), ahead of schedule, exceeding 2017 levels by 40 percent. The Novy Port oil production cluster is expected to grow, going forward, through synergies with the Yuzhno-Obsky block, the license to which was secured by Gazprom Neft Shelf in 2018. A strategic company asset — Messoyakhaneftegaz — is being confidently developed on the Gydan Peninsula, with this business expanding its resource base, having discovered an oil- and gas-bearing deposit with recoverable oil reserves of 26 million tonnes, confirming the potential of Russia’s northernmost group of onshore fields. Plateau production is expected to be reached in 2021, at six million tonnes. A major project to develop oil-rim deposits in the Nadym-Pur-Tazovsky region is expected to prove a further point for growth, with fields located here having developed infrastructure and expected to act as a testing ground for developing and implementing innovative technologies for the oil industry.

Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of the Gazprom Neft Management Board, commented: “The Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug is one of Gazprom Neft’s key regions for development. We are not just actively developing major investment projects in the region, but also attach considerable importance to preserving its unique natural environment, including undertaking extensive work on recycling so-called ‘legacy waste’ from the Soviet period in the Mys Kamenny and Novy Port settlements. This new agreement extends our effective collaboration with the region on ecological projects.”

Dmitry Artyukhov, Governor of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, added: “Today’s agreement is an example of the effective cooperation between Gazprom Neft and the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Important ecological projects are being implemented in Yamal, thanks to the company’s active support. Joint work has already been going on for some years now with the Sobsky Fish Plant. It is important that the list of areas of importance to the Okrug grows ever longer, every year.”