Environmental Impacts

One of the most pressing problems of our time – climate change – is associated with the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. To reduce the impact on the environment, the company implements a set of environmental programs at all levels of production activities.

Environmental Impacts

JSC Gazpromneft MZSM is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest project for sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, and it also supports the implementation of the Paris Agreement to battle climate change. JSC Gazpromneft MZSM received the highest B rating among Russian oil and gas enterprises in the international CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) assessment, an authoritative evaluation of firms in terms of climate responsibility indicators, in 2020.

A key instrument of the climate risk management system is the assessment of the level of greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, JSC Gazpromneft MZSM has a corporate standard based on the principles of Russian legislation and international recommendations. The company is contributing to tackling climate change through a program to improve the utilization of associated petroleum gas (APG), which is produced together with oil.

The level of APG usage at the Novoportovskoye field in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug grew by 23.3 percent in 2019 when compared to 2018. This was due to the activation of gas infrastructure facilities. The field has adopted a one-of-a-kind technological scheme for gas injection into the reservoir, which includes an integrated gas treatment unit (GTP), two pads of absorbent gas wells, and a vast gas pipeline network. The processed APG is also used to power a 96-megawatt gas turbine power station.

Cleanup and reclamation

JSC Gazpromneft MZSM adopts innovative soil treatment methods and biotechnologies to remove hydrocarbon pollutants from soils and to restore disturbed land. The technologies take climatic conditions into account and contribute to cutting costs and accelerating soil reclamation processes. Gazprom and JSC Gazpromneft MZSM, for example, created efficient soil remediation technologies in Yamal based on new biodegradation products containing microorganisms (hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria that can be used for biological treatment of land at low temperatures).

At the JSC Gazpromneft MZSM, a plant-based treatment process for oil-polluted soils (phytoremediation) is also commonly employed. Because of improved gas exchange in the soil and a higher number of biologically active compounds produced by plant roots, grasses with branching root systems provide an ideal environment for hydrocarbons to decay. Balanced grass combinations are utilized depending on the natural and climatic conditions, offering dependable biological indicators of soil reclamation.

The Group frequently uses reclamation techniques on land that has been devastated for decades. JSC Gazpromneft MZSM Geologorazvedka began a reclamation campaign at the Tambey trade station in the Yamal Peninsula to achieve this goal. Since the Soviet era, many areas of the coastal line have been cleansed of industry waste left in Ob Bay. Scrap metal and garbage were collected to be repurposed.