Gazprom Neft is putting in place biodiversity preservation programmes and conducting environmental monitoring to assess its impact on ecosystems in the regions in which it operates.
Research and monitoring carried out in 2019 did not detect any significant changes in the ecosystems, and showed that the company’s operations did not have a adverse impact on biodiversity.
Protecting the biodiversity of the Russian Arctic
The preservation of biodiversity is an non-negotiable priority for the company in its offshore and onshore projects in the Far North. The primary aim of environmental initiatives launched by the company is to preserve the natural balance of fragile Arctic ecosystems and maintain biodiversity in the region.
The company is conducting a corporate programme to preserve biodiversity based on a list of plant and animal species that serve as indicators of the stable condition of marine ecosystems in the Russian Arctic.
This programme includes measures implemented by the company around the Prirazlomnaya offshore ice-resistant oil-producing stationary platform and Gazpromneft-Yamal assets; it includes wildlife monitoring along oil transportation routes.
Monitoring the Sea of Okhotsk ecosystem
Environmental monitoring of grey whales in the Sea of Okhotsk forms part of a joint programme being carried out by oil and gas companies operating on Sakhalin. Gazprom Neft joined this programme in 2017, after starting the development of the Ayashsky licence block.
The grey whale monitoring programme is being conducted with support from and in close cooperation with non-governmental environmental organisations, including WWF, Sakhalin Environment Watch, the indigenous community of Sakhalin, the Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve, as well as the Western Grey Whale Advisory Panel established by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and a working group on biodiversity preservation under the government of the Sakhalin Oblast.
The findings of the 2019 expedition confirmed that the grey whale population in the Sea of Okhotsk had increased.
Aquatic Bioresources Reproduction
Gazprom Neft is undertaking the Aquatic Bioresources Reproduction Programme, which is an important part of its field development projects. Gazprom Neft subsidiaries operating in the Arctic breed rare fish species in northern rivers and seas. Millions of juvenile whitefish are released into the Ob, Konda and Severnaya Sosva Rivers. In 2019, company enterprises released a total of over 71 million juvenile fish of commercially valuable species into bodies of water.
In 2019, the company and the Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra signed an agreement, under which Gazprom Neft will consider as a priority potential remedial measures, namely releasing juvenile Siberian sturgeon, sterlet, whitefish and broad whitefish bred at enterprises fisheries in the Okrug.