Air protection

The bulk of Gazprom Neft’s pollutant emissions comes from APG flaring; therefore, APG utilisation projects cut the company’s environmental footprint.

A large-scale programme to modernise and revamp Gazprom Neft’s refineries also aims at reducing emissions.

The 14.5% reduction in gross emissions was driven by an increase in APG utilisation at the company’s production assets, as well as the decommissioning of some outdated units at the Moscow Refinery following the launch of the Euro+ combined oil refining unit (CORU).

Coupled with other strategies, decreased flaring of hydrogen-sulphidecontaining gas at Gazprom Neft Orenburg’s fields reduced SO2 emissions by 52.7% in 2020, as large volumes of gas were transferred to the gas processing plant.

Gross emissions (thousand tonnes)
Gross emissions (thousand tonnes)
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
TOTAL 600.8 474.3 508.3 529.4 452.6
NOX 19.2 22.1 25.6 26.7 28.6
SO2 128.4 69.0 74.8 38.9 18.4
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) 128.3 120.3 96.7 102.1 90.7
The Russian President officially launches the Euro+ CORU

On 23 July 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the new Euro+ CORU at the Gazprom Neft Moscow Refinery. The launch ceremony was attended by Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy; Sergei Sobyanin, Moscow Mayor; and Alexander Dyukov, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board at Gazprom Neft.

The Euro+ CORU is integrated into Moscow’s environmental control system. An automated air monitoring system operates around the clock to measure concentrations of hazardous substances in the atmosphere and passes data to the city’s environmental monitoring service.

Gazprom Neft is involved in the implementation of the Ecology national project, with the Clean Air federal project being part of it. This project aims for a 20% reduction in emissions (against a 2017 baseline) by the end of 2024 across 12 major industrial cities with poor air quality, including Omsk, where one of the company’s refineries is located.

In order to carry out the Clean Air federal project, the Russian Government has approved integrated action plans designed to reduce pollutant emissions. These plans include nine upgrade projects launched at the Omsk Refinery, which involve introducing environmental technologies and state-of-the-art treatment facilities, building new units and decommissioning outdated facilities. Gazprom Neft plans to invest over ₽100 billion in these projects.