Gazprom Zarubezhneftegaz's legal department held a conference/seminar for staff in the city of Shimla in the Republic of India from 5 to 12 April 2010. The conference covered the issues surrounding the legal support of oil and gas projects in foreign countries.
The delegation of conference participants was headed by the director of the legal department, Elena Litvinov, and the adviser to the CEO of Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz, Valentina Dyuzhenkova.
The chief legal adviser from the foreign economic activity legal support division within the Legal department, Evgeniya Rogulyeva, and the legal adviser from the joint projects division of the offshore fields development Technical and Engineering department for gas, gas condensate and oil production, Ekaterina Saltykova, took part in the conference from Gazprom.
The organisers of the conference were the Head of the Project Office of Gazprom Operator in India Alexander Nikiforov and Deputy Head (Administration) Gleb Fomin.
During the conference, lectures were delivered concerning specific aspects of legislation in conducting oil and gas projects in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Tajikistan and Uzbekistan republics, and the Republic of Kirghizia.
The participants at the conference from Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz gave an analysis of the Company’s legal practice (tax and property disputes) and the characteristics of working with state authorities. Information was presented by a PR specialist from the Public Relations department of Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz concerning the guaranteeing of corporate work through the company's Internet site system, its representative offices, subsidiaries and dependent companies.
The speeches made by the Russian Federation Embassy adviser in the Republic of India, Vasily Glazachev, concerning the characteristics of Russian-Indian financial and economic relations, and the Project Office manager, Alexander Nikiforov, concerning legislation for conducting Production Sharing Agreements in the Republic of India and the practice of adjudication in the British High Court, provoked special interest. In the address by the Project Office manager, particular mention was made of the issues connected with the outcomes of the Case hearing won by Gazprom at the Queen's Bench in London against a drilling contractor in September 2009.
The lectures given by representatives of Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz's partners in India - Venkatesh Prasad (presenting the law firm JSA) with a talk concerning the Indian oil and gas sector - and Joseph Lonappan (Marsh India Insurance Brokers Pvt. Ltd.) with a talk concerning liability insurance for carrying out oil and gas projects in the Republic of India - were full of information. The lectures gave rise to a number of questions and detailed discussions. Simultaneous translation was carried out by the Project Office Deputy administrator, Gleb Fomin.
The conference was prepared and conducted at the highest level, and the talks were highly informative and gave rise to lively discussions as a result.