Biodiversity Conservation

The Company's field development projects include a programme to rehabilitate aquatic biological resources.

The Company takes a number of measures to protect and preserve marine and coastal fauna when developing fields located on the Arctic shelf, including:

  • speed limits for ships and traffic altitude limits for helicopters in order to protect cetaceans and birds
  • use of special blind-shaped fish protection devices to collect water in order to ensure the safety of fish
  • measures to conserve and restore fish stocks

In order to comply with the President’s instructions to ensure the safe development of the Arctic, the Company, together with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Marine Mammal Council regional public organization, have begun developing a conservation programme for marine mammals and seabirds in the south-eastern part of the Barents Sea.

Alexey Knizhnikov
Alexey Knizhnikov Extractive Industry Environmental Policy Officer, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

In line with instructions from the Russian President on preserving biodiversity in the Arctic, Gazprom Neft, together with Sakhalin’s Marine Mammal Council and WWF Russia, is conducting extensive work to develop a conservation programme for marine mammals and seabirds in the south-eastern part of the Barents Sea. Only the joint efforts of the business, environmental, and scientific community can achieve the hugely important task of preserving the fragile and highly sensitive Arctic.

The Company takes part in various studies of the ecosystems in the regions where it operates in order to preserve biodiversity. Studies conducted in 2014 included:

  • a study of the ecosystem of the Gulf of Ob with the aim of restoring the productivity of its ecosystem (in cooperation with FSUE Gosrybtsentr, Tyumen)
  • observation of flora and fauna on the Yamal Peninsula in order to determine the level of human impact on them (in cooperation with the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences)
  • experimental work to determine seed productivity and stimulate plant growth on the Yamal Peninsula with the goal of increasing the efficiency of efforts to revegetate the tundra (in cooperation with Tyumen State University).

Planting events took place as part of the Year of Environmental Culture in the regions where the Company operates. Around 4,000 trees and shrubs were planted, and about 15 hectares in total were landscaped. Employees of the Company and its subsidiaries participated in about 70 volunteer clean-up Saturdays, collecting more than 5,000 tonnes of waste and removing rubbish from more than 10 hectares of rivers and lakes in protected areas. In addition, during the reporting year, employees from Tomskneft planted 39,000 cedar saplings over an area of 13 hectares in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District and in the Okhteursky Section of the Nizhnevartovsk Forestry Area.

Biodiversity preservation event

During the reporting year, Tomskneft (a company in which the Company has a stake) held a major biodiversity preservation event in Tomsk Region. Together with the Governor of Tomsk Region, Company employees released several million juvenile peled, muksun, and nelma into Siberian rivers.