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Gazprom Neft and Rusatom Overseas commit to cooperating in hydrogen energy and in decarbonising industry

Gazprom Neft and Rusatom Overseas (RAOS PJSC, part of the Rostatom state organisation) have signed an agreement on cooperating in hydrogen energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions under a document signed by Vadim Yakovlev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft, and Evgeny Pakermanov, President, RAOS PJSC, during the 10th Anniversary St Petersburg International Gas Forum.

The two companies have agreed to work together on investigating opportunities in transporting and storing carbon dioxide generated during hydrogen production as part of Rosatom’s projects on Sakhalin Island. Gazprom Neft will work on investigating the technical and commercial aspects of carbon dioxide recycling. The parties will also look into prospects for collaborating in other areas associated with decarbonising production facilities. Deploying carbon dioxide recycling technologies is consistent with sustainable development goals (SDGs), and is gradually becoming standard practice in industry.

Rosatom is implementing a project to build a plant to produce hydrogen from natural gas in the Sakhalin Oblast, expected to produce between 30,000 and 100,000 tonnes per year. The company is to study Gazprom Neft’s experience in closed-cycle CO2 capture and injection at depths of several kilometres, and to examine the outlook for recycling CO2 emitted during hydrogen production on the Sakhalin project. Similar solutions have been successfully deployed by Serbia’s NIS (a joint venture between Gazprom Neft and the Republic of Serbia) at the Rusanda field.

“Our company is part of the global trend in transitioning to low-carbon energy and decarbonising production facilities. Oil-industry specialists have considerable experience in capturing and injecting gas into geological formations, and we are in a position to offer our company’s skills and competencies to companies in related industries — including low-carbon hydrogen production on Sakhalin.”

Vadim Yakovlev

Vadim Yakovlev Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft

“The issue of achieving carbon neutrality is becoming ever more urgent for many of Russia’s regions, and demand for cutting-edge technologies in this area can only grow. It’s beyond question that our cooperation with Gazprom Neft in organising carbon dioxide handling as part of our hydrogen projects on Sakhalin is going to play a key role in implementing our major programme to develop a carbon-free economy in the region, and to deploy the best technological solutions there. We also see prospects for cooperating on decarbonisation projects in other Russian regions, and look forward to working together.”

Evgeny Pakermanov President, RAOS PJSC

Notes for editors

Rusatom Overseas (RAOS PJSC) forms part of the Rosatom State Corporation Group, responsible for promoting integrated Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) construction projects and Nuclear Science and Technology Centres on the international market, as well as for developing new business areas for Rosatom — such as hydrogen energy and energy storage. The company has also been designated the industry integrator for hydrogen power. RAOS PJSC is now focussed on planning and implementing pilot projects in Russia and abroad; on developing proprietary hydrogen production, storage and transportation technologies; and on putting in place long-term strategic and technological partnerships in this area.

Gazprom Neft is a vertically integrated oil company, primarily engaged in the exploration and development of oil and gas fields, oil refining, and the production and sale of petroleum products. Gazprom Neft is one of Russia’s top three companies in terms of oil production and refining. Gazprom Neft’s corporate structure encompasses more than 70 exploration and production, refining, and retailing enterprises throughout Russia, the CIS and worldwide. The company operates across 110 countries, worldwide. Gazprom Neft’s filling station network currently totals more than 2,000 outlets throughout Russia, the CIS and Europe. Gazprom Neft is one of the Russian oil industry’s leading companies in terms of efficiency. Company revenues in 2020 were ₽2 trillion, adjusted EBITDA ₽485 billion, and net profit ₽117.7 billion. Gazprom Neft’s largest shareholder is Gazprom PJSC, which holds a 95.68 % interest. The company’s remaining shares are floated on the world’s leading international stock markets.