Russian gas monopoly Gazprom and Austria’s OMV met in Vienna on 19 June where they reviewed issues related to the integrity of the gas transmission system, the outlook for the energy markets, environmental protection, drilling techniques, and hydrocarbon exploration and production technologies.

Gazprom’s Management Committee Deputy Chairman Oleg Aksyutin and OMV Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board Johann Pleininger also signed the Annex to the programme for scientific and technical cooperation and partnership for 2016–2020.

According to Gazprom, the document adds a new research dimension to the Programme “Ensuring safe operation of oil and gas facilities through best practices in occupational safety.”

Gazprom also agreed to boost scientific and technical cooperation with Germany’s Uniper at a meeting in St Petersburg on June 19, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller and Uniper Supervisory Board Chairman Bernhard Reutersberg.

Nord Stream-2 talks

Miller and Reutersberg also reviewed current issues related to their collaborative activities, paying special attention to the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea. According to Gazprom, it was noted during the meeting that about 1,450 kilometres of pipes – over 59% of the gas pipeline’s length – have been laid in the Baltic Sea. In 2017, Nord Stream 2 AG signed agreements with ENGIE, OMV, Royal Dutch Shell, Uniper, and Wintershall to provide financing for 50% of the total cost of the project.