The 6th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum was held from 4 October to 7 October at the Expoforum Congress and Exhibition Centre.
The St. Petersburg International Gas Forum is a leading platform for discussing the current state and the future of the natural gas industry. The Forum’s extensive list of participants includes representatives of leading Russian oil and gas companies, as well as representatives of government bodies, Russian and foreign industrial corporations, scientists, experts, and heads and members of industry-wide scientific research and design institutes, and think tanks.
A delegation of the company’s top managers and department heads, led by Andrey Fick, the company’s Managing Director and CEO, represented Gazprom International at the International Gas Forum.
On 4 October, representatives of PJSC Gazprom, Gazprom International, and Gazprom Gas-Engine Fuel met with the delegation from Bolivia to discuss joint projects between PJSC Gazprom and Bolivia in the field of gas-engine fuel. The discussion focused, in particular, on the ongoing preparations for conducting tests to determine the possibilities for using Russian-made natural gas powered machinery in the conditions of Bolivia’s mountainous regions. The parties also touched on the necessity of establishing a joint venture company, which would be expected to conduct and monitor all activity related to the production and use of natural gas for vehicles in Bolivia.
On Wednesday, 5 October, representatives of PJSC Gazprom and Gazprom International met with the top management representatives of the Algerian national oil and gas company Sonatrach. The parties discussed the progress of their joint exploration and development project at the El Assel oil-bearing field in the eastern part of the Sahara Desert territory belonging to Algeria. Gazprom and Sonatrach agreed to establish a working group to study the future possibilities for the development of deposits discovered through the prospection and exploration works carried out over the course of the past several years. Furthermore, the working group will undertake the task of exploring ways to increase the economic efficiency of the joint project. The companies’ representatives also agreed to further expand fully-fledged cooperation in the natural gas sector, and expressed the willingness of both parties to work together to prepare and sign a relevant Memorandum on the Establishment of a Joint Coordination Committee.
During the 8th Meeting of the Working Committee of the International Business Congress, which was held on 6 October, Gazprom International Managing Director Sergey Tumanov presented a report on the principles of effective management of deepwater drilling and well construction. He used the company’s experience of drilling deepwater wells at blocks № 129-132 on the continental shelf of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to illustrate his report. Sergey Tumanov drew particular attention to the fact that the project operator – Vietgazprom, a Russian-Vietnamese joint operating company – used a number of novel technical solutions, some of which were used in the practice of deepwater drilling for the first time ever.
On Friday, 7 October, Gazprom International and FMC Technologies, a global leading provider of oil and gas industry services and technologies, reached an agreement on developing cooperation in the field of implementing PJSC Gazprom international natural gas projects. A Memorandum of Cooperation between the two companies was signed by Andrey Fick, on behalf of Gazprom International, and Haakon Helgesen, Director of the Department for Prospective Development at FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS.
The Memorandum will allow the two companies to develop closer ties and expert cooperation with regard to evaluating prospective offshore projects which would entail the use of deepwater drilling and subsea well construction systems. Conceptual project drafting methods used at FMC Technologies would allow for the use of state-of-the-art technologies from the very start, by applying them to geological exploration, technical drilling and hydrocarbon production and implementing the best infrastructure practices. The Memorandum also provides for the training of Gazprom International employees, which will be organized at the FMC Technologies educational facilities, and with the participation of the company’s experts.
On the same day, Gazprom International and Halliburton, one of the world’s largest providers of services and products to the energy industry, signed a Memorandum of Understanding laying the foundation for cooperation in the field of implementing PJSC Gazprom’s projects on prospecting, exploration and hydrocarbon deposit development outside of the Russian Federation. The Memorandum stipulates the parties’ willingness to cooperate in identifying new business opportunities for joint development linked to infrastructure development projects, among others. Agreements also provide for cooperation in the area of technical support services for projects, supply of technologies, relevant software and project associated services, as well as associated consulting services.
Overall, the four days of the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum 2016 saw more than 40 industry events (including plenary sessions, conferences, round tables, seminars and business meetings and talks), during which the participants discussed new trends and future possibilities for the development of the natural gas industry both in Russia and abroad.
The programme included a special Youth Day, organized with the support of the International Business Congress, which gathered together representatives of the industry’s elite and students of Russian and European leading universities to discuss career opportunities for future experts in the field, as well as the future of the industry in general.
The Expoforum Congress and Exhibition Centre opened its doors to three international industry exhibitions: ‘InGAS Stream – Innovations in the Gas Industry’, ‘Gas-Engine Fuel’ and ‘ROS-GAS-EXPO’. The exhibitions presented the latest scientific and technological developments and some of the more promising projects in the natural gas industry.
Another interesting exposition at the Forum was dedicated to the subject of import substitution in the natural gas industry. During the exhibition, representatives of government bodies, as well as representatives of PJSC Gazprom and several other leading companies in the field, discussed the subject of state-sponsored support for carrying out import substitution, as well as the innovative capacity of the industry and some of the ongoing programmes and future possibilities for production localization in Russia. More than 30 Russian companies presented their technical solutions and samples of their equipment.
Overall, more than 3,000 delegates from 36 countries took part in the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum this year.
The St. Petersburg International Gas Forum was first held in 2011. Its key objective is to create a platform for effective cooperation between the leading players in the natural gas industry.
According to the Forum’s organizers, the Forum has been growing and developing consistently over the years. The number of delegates and visitors tripled from 2013 to 2015, and the number of presenters doubled over the same period of time. The interest from foreign experts has also been on the rise: in 2015 the Forum was visited by representatives of 34 countries.
This year the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum was organized with the support of the Russian Ministry of Energy, the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Government of St. Petersburg, PJSC Gazprom, and the Russian Gas Society.
Gazprom International is a subsidiary company of PJSC Gazprom specializing in the implementation of the company’s hydrocarbon exploration, production and development projects outside of the Russian Federation. The company is currently involved in approximately 40 projects in two dozen countries on four continents.