Air Protection

Reducing pollutant emissions is one of Gazprom Neft’s major operating tasks. The Company develops and implements programmes to conserve the natural ambient atmosphere at facilities with high infrastructural load and is also developing measures to gradually reduce adverse impacts on air quality in areas with underdeveloped infrastructure.

Volume of APG flaring and level of APG utilization

The air quality protection programme includes measures to inventory emission sources, develop project documentation, organize monitoring studies of air quality components at supervised facilities (stations), and upgrade equipment in order to reduce pollutant emissions.

The Company is consistently reducing the emission of pollutants into the air thanks to a programme to recover associated petroleum gas (APG) at production facilities and a programme to upgrade and reconstruct processing facilities at refineries. In 2014, total emissions were reduced by 14.55% compared with 2013, and by 51.88% compared with 2012.

In 2014, Gazprom Neft developed guidelines for the calculation of annual greenhouse gas emissions that take into account the specific features of the Company's activities. Greenhouse gas emissions during 2013–2014 were calculated for the Company's subsidiaries in accordance with the new methodology. A summary of this information can be found in the Annual Report.

Total atmospheric emissions of harmful pollutants, thousand tonnes
Total atmospheric emissions of harmful pollutants (including from joint ventures), thousand tonnes

The Company continued to implement programmes to increase APG utilization in 2014. APG utilization has been increased as a result of the flaring system upgrade and APG redirection. Consequently, total emissions of harmful pollutants into the atmosphere at production sites have been cut by 16.6% compared with 2013 (the volume of APG flaring increased by 4.8% in 2014 compared with 2013, due to an increase in oil production).

Major projects currently being implemented to improve APG utilization include the construction of a gas processing plant at the Yuzhno-Priobskaya compressor station, the construction of new compressor stations at the Yety-Purovskoye field and in Tomsk Region, and the development of transport capacity for delivering growing volumes of gas to Orenburg Gas Processing Plant. Through these and other investment projects, the Company plans to achieve a 90% APG utilization level after 2016.

На фото: Валерий Колотилин
Valery Kolotilin CEO, Gazpromneft-Muravlenko

Gazpromneft-Muravlenko sees increased APG utilization as one of its top priorities. These projects allow us, on the one hand, to use associated petroleum gas effectively, and on the other, to minimize anthropogenic environmental impact where possible.

Total atmospheric emissions of harmful pollutants, broken down by Company area of activity, thousand tonnes
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Production 266.2 342.0 664.8 344.2 286.9
Refining 21.4 27.4 53.3 54.5 47.4
Oilfield services 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.2
Supply of petroleum products 2.7 3.4 6.7 9.3 14.4
Total 290.5 373.0 725.1 408.3 348.9
Greenhouse gases emissions into the atmosphere, million tonnes of CO2 equivalent
Increasing the efficiency of APG utilization

In 2014, the average level of APG utilization at Gazpromneft-Muravlenko exceeded 95%. The Company has achieved this level primarily through implementing the Noyabrsk Integrated Project, the goal of which is to increase efficiency in utilizing APG extracted from the Gazpromneft-Muravlenko and Gazprom Neft-Noyabrskneftegas fields. Since 2010, Gazpromneft-Muravlenko has restored and built more than 130 kilometres of gas pipelines and commissioned five compressor stations at the Yety-Purovskoye, Vyngayakhinskoye, Umseyskoye, Severoyangtinskoye, and Kraynee fields under the project.