Gazprom Neft and Shell have signed a Memorandum of Understanding setting out a framework for further cooperation in hydrocarbon exploration and production, technological collaboration and carbon footprint reduction. The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Both companies have confirmed their willingness to proceed with joint implementation of exploration and production projects in western Siberia, including the development of the Achimov, Paleozoic and Jurassic hydrocarbon deposits. Thus, the parties have come to an agreement on sharing best practices on an ongoing basis, as well as looking for new opportunities for joint working. The partners will also continue discussing their cooperation in developing the Ayashsky license block in the Sea of Okhotsk.
Gazprom Neft and Shell intend to combine their efforts in implementing decarbonization projects. To this end, the companies are planning to look into the possibility of deploying carbon capture, utilization & storage (CCUS) solutions at their JV assets. Besides, both companies will discuss the possibility of using technology solutions for production of hydrogen via steam reforming of natural gas coupled with carbon capture.
The partners plan to extend technological cooperation in developing hard-to-recover reserves. A further key area for activity will be finding solutions for carbon footprint reduction and further improving projects’ environmental sustainability.
Gazprom Neft and Shell share many years’ cooperation in various business areas. One of their most important ongoing upstream projects is Salym Petroleum Development joint venture, currently developing the Salym group of fields in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. Gazprom Neft and Shell established a joint venture to explore and develop a major geological prospecting cluster covering the Pukhutsyayakhsky and Leskinsky license blocks in the Gydan Peninsula at the end of 2020.
The companies have also entered into two MoU extending their collaboration in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promoting further improvements in aviation safety.
(Source: Gazprom Neft)