Gazprom and Uniper celebrate 25 years of scientific and technical cooperation

St. Petersburg hosted today the events celebrating 25 years of scientific and technical cooperation between Gazprom and Uniper.

The joint scientific and technical programs carried out by the two companies cover nearly every stage of the production cycle, from hydrocarbon extraction and transportation to processing and marketing. The collaborative efforts include LNG production and promotion of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.

The scientific and technological solutions developed by the companies were successfully used in the project for extracting hard-to-reach gas from the Yuzhno-Russkoye field, as well as in the construction and operation of the Yamal – Europe and Nord Stream gas pipelines.

Seeking to promote natural gas as a vehicle fuel in international markets, Gazprom and Uniper hold the Blue Corridor motor rallies for gas-powered vehicles on an annual basis.

“In today’s world, scientific research and development is one of the key factors that helps improve the efficiency of production processes. The 25-year dialogue between Gazprom and Uniper concerning the technical aspects of the whole value chain has made a major contribution to the successful execution of large-scale joint projects and laid the groundwork for future partnership underpinned by technological leadership,” said Sergey Khomyakov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.

Background

Uniper SE is a subsidiary of E.ON SE focused on power generation and global energy trading.

The scientific and technical cooperation between Gazprom and Uniper started in 1992. Today, the two companies collaborate in 24 focus areas under the Sci-Tech Program and the List of Top-Priority Sci-Tech Issues.

 



First foundation laid for Amur GPP

The first foundation for the Amur gas processing plant (GPP) was solemnly laid today in the Svobodnensky District of the Amur Region.

First foundation laid for Amur GPP

Laying of first foundation

The ceremonial event was attended by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.

Vladimir Putin, President of Russian Federation, attends ceremonial laying of first foundation for Amur gas processing plant

Vladimir Putin

The Amur GPP has strategic importance for the Eastern Gas Program. The plant will be supplied via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline with multi-component gas from the Yakutia and Irkutsk gas production centers that are being set up by Gazprom. The GPP will extract valuable substances, primarily ethane and helium, from gas for the purposes of the petrochemical and other industries. The processed gas will be then exported to China.

Alexey Miller attends ceremonial laying of first foundation for Amur gas processing plant

Alexey Miller

Site preparation works for a more than 850-hectare area are already completed, with a utility system in place. By laying the foundation for the plant, Gazprom launched the main phase of the construction project, namely the establishment of the key gas processing facilities.

The Amur GPP will have six production lines, each of which will be an independent gas processing facility with the annual capacity of 7 billion cubic meters. Two process lines will come online at the first start-up complex, while the other four will be consecutively put in operation later. The GPP will thus reach its design capacity of 42 billion cubic meters of gas per year, becoming the largest such plant in Russia and one of the biggest in the world. The plant will also include the world's largest helium production facility (up to 60 million cubic meters per year).

Alexey Miller and Vladimir Putin, President of Russian Federation, attend ceremonial laying of first foundation for Amur gas processing plant. Photo by RIA Novosti

Alexey Miller and Vladimir Putin. Photo by RIA Novosti

“In less than two years, we have successfully completed the initial construction of the Amur GPP, the largest and most advanced gas processing plant in the country. Today, we launched the next crucial and essential stage. We laid the first foundation and will soon start installing the facilities that will be vital to the future plant,” said Alexey Miller.

Alexey Miller and Vladimir Putin, President of Russian Federation, attend ceremonial laying of first foundation for Amur gas processing plant. Photo by RIA Novosti

Photo by RIA Novosti

Background

The construction of the Amur GPP started in October 2015.

The investor and customer for the Amur GPP construction project is Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk (part of the Gazprom Group). Construction management is carried out by NIPIGAZ (part of the SIBUR Group), Russia's leading center for design, supplies, logistics and construction management.

More than 1,500 design engineers, 1,000 equipment suppliers, and 500 contracting organizations are engaged in the project. With construction at its peak, the effort will involve over 20,000 people. When the plant opens, it will employ around 3,000 persons.

Works are underway to erect the infrastructure to be used during the plant's construction and operation: access roads, a wharf on the Zeya River, railway communications, and temporary buildings and structures, including a camp for construction workers.

As part of the project, a residential district for future employees will be built in Svobodny. It will accommodate 5,000 people and will include apartment houses, an outpatient clinic, a kindergarten, a school, and a sports center.

 



7th Energy of Victories national sports journalism festival launched

Gazprom, the Russian Olympic Committee, and the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia announced the start of the 7th Energy of Victories national sports journalism festival contest for Russian-language mass media based in Russia and abroad.

The primary goals of the contest are to promote the Olympic movement, sports, and healthy living, as well as to improve the quality of sports journalism in Russia.

The festival’s organizing committee invites sports journalists (including staff and freelance writers) from Russian-language mass media based in Russia and abroad to take part in the contest by sending Russian-language submissions broadcast or published in print or online media between December 19, 2016, and October 10, 2017.

Contestants will compete in the following categories:

  • Best Video Report/Film/Coverage (for television);
  • Best Radio Report (for radio);
  • Best Article (for print and online publications);
  • Best Photo Report/Coverage (for print and online publications).

Applications and submissions for the contest are to be sent to the following address: Russian Olympic Committee (ROC Information Service), 8 Luzhnetskaya Embankment, Moscow, 119991, Russia, or to energiya2017@olympic.ru between July 15 and October 10, 2017.

The final round of the 7th Energy of Victories festival contest will take place in Moscow on November 23 and 24, 2017.

Background

The 1st Energy of Victories national sports journalism festival contest was organized by Gazprom in 2011 within the Gazprom 2014 project. Since then, over 1,700 journalists from all Russian regions and 15 foreign countries have participated in the contest.

The 7th Energy of Victories festival contest was organized by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). Gazprom acts as a general partner in the contest.

Close collaboration between Gazprom and the ROC began with the signing of a long-term cooperation program in 2001. Gazprom provided the ROC with financial support in training Russian athletes for the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City (2002), Athens (2004), London (2012), and Sochi (2014). Gazprom also built unique industrial facilities and sports venues in the lead-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

On October 23, 2014, Gazprom and the ROC signed the Memorandum of Cooperation. Gazprom was named as a general sponsor of the Russian Olympic team.

 



Board of Directors creates Commission on Strengthening Financial Discipline for Domestic Gas Supplies

The Gazprom Board of Directors held a meeting in absentia. The decision was taken to create a Commission under the Board of Directors to strengthen financial discipline for domestic gas supplies in the Russian Federation.

Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, and Alexander Babakov, Member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, were elected as Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Commission, respectively.

The Commission was established for the additional coordination of efforts undertaken by Gazprom to improve the situation with regard to payments for gas deliveries. The new body will monitor consumer debt in Russian regions and develop proposals and measures for debt reduction.

The Commission will operate on a permanent basis. Its findings will be regularly reviewed by the Board of Directors.

Background

The Gazprom Group fulfils all of its obligations to ensure uninterrupted gas supplies to all groups of consumers in the Russian Federation, including industrial and socially significant entities.

However, the large amount of outstanding debt for gas deliveries payable to Gazprom by Russian consumers remains an urgent problem. As of June 1, 2017, the aggregate arrears of consumers reached RUB 196 billion.

In light of the above, the amount of investments made by Gazprom into regional gasification programs depends on the financial discipline demonstrated by Russian regions.

The Company continues to cooperate with ministries, agencies, and non-governmental organizations to improve the national legislation related to gas payments.

 



Sergey Silantyev named winner in Shielded Metal Arc Welding category at International Welding Competition

The Arc Cup 2017 International Welding Competition took place in Shanghai, China, as part of the 70th General Assembly and International Conference of the International Institute of Welding. The competitive event involved 248 professionals from 12 countries.

Gazprom Dobycha Nadym’s Sergey Silantyev named winner in Shielded Metal Arc Welding category at International Welding Competition

Gazprom Dobycha Nadym’s Sergey Silantyev named winner in Shielded Metal Arc Welding category at International Welding Competition

The Russian team comprised 16 welders who had previously won awards at the All-Russian Best Welder Competition, including Gazprom Dobycha Nadym’s Sergey Silantyev, winner of the Gazprom’s Best Welder contest. The team competed in five major categories: Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Oxygen Fuel Arc Welding, and Finished-Product Arc Welding.

Gazprom Dobycha Nadym’s Sergey Silantyev named winner in Shielded Metal Arc Welding category at International Welding Competition

Russian team

Russia’s team took first place in the event, with Sergey Silantyev declared the winner in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, the most prestigious category in the competition.

Gazprom Dobycha Nadym’s Sergey Silantyev named winner in Shielded Metal Arc Welding category at International Welding Competition

Sergey Silantyev

“This victory is the pinnacle of my professional career. It is as much of an enormous responsibility as it is an honor to represent my country and my company at a competition of this level,” said Sergey Silantyev.

Gazprom Dobycha Nadym’s Sergey Silantyev named winner in Shielded Metal Arc Welding category at International Welding Competition

Gazprom Dobycha Nadym’s Sergey Silantyev named winner in Shielded Metal Arc Welding category at International Welding Competition

Background

Sergey Silantyev is an electric and gas welder working at the Yamsoveysky gas and condensate production facility of Gazprom Dobycha Nadym (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom). In September 2015, he won the biennial Gazprom’s Best Welder professional excellence contest. In February 2017, he took home the first prize in the Shielded Metal Arc Welding category at the All-Russian Best Welder Competition organized by the National Agency of Welding Control with support from Russia’s Ministry of Labor and Social Protection.

 



Winners of annual contest for PR services of Gazprom’s subsidiaries announced

The winners of the 8th Corporate Contest for the PR services of Gazprom’s subsidiaries were awarded today at the Company’s office in Moscow. The jury assessed the contestants’ performance in 2016.

Winners of annual contest for PR services of Gazprom’s subsidiaries announced

Contest winners

The main prize in the Charity Project category was awarded to the Warmth of Our Hearts project by Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta. In the course of the project, the company’s employees provided support to elderly people in need of care and attention at integrated social services centers. Students of company-sponsored children’s institutions and young employees of Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta took part in the initiative.

Main prize in Charity Project category awarded to Warmth of Our Hearts project by Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta. Pictured: Olga Filippova, Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta

Olga Filippova, Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta

Gazprom Tsentrremont’s Cosmic Weekend won in the Project for Children category. Organized jointly with the Multi-Child Family Association of the Moscow Region (MNOGO NAS), the recreational project was aimed at families with three or more children.

Main prize in Project for Children category awarded to Cosmic Weekend project by Gazprom Tsentrremont. Pictured: Natalia Burdina, Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Tsentrremont

Natalia Burdina, Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Tsentrremont

Gazprom Transgaz Samara’s Coloring the World project took the first place in the Low-Budget Social Project category. The project hinges on a simple principle: ‘If you want to make the world a better place, go for it.’ The project participants painted the walls of seven childcare centers in the Samara Region with original artwork. The initiative cost zero rubles.

Main prize in Low-Budget Social Project category awarded to Coloring the World project by Gazprom Transgaz Samara. Pictured: Alexander Luchinin, Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Transgaz Samara

Alexander Luchinin, Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Transgaz Samara

Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol’s Cognoscenti project came out on top in the Year of Occupational Safety Project category. The project was meant to highlight the paramount importance of human life and health. A safety-themed intellectual competition was held among the company’s employees.

Main prize in Year of Occupational Safety Project category awarded to Cognoscenti project by Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol. Pictured: Elena Shapina (right), Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol

Elena Shapina (right), Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol

Gazprom Transgaz Yugorsk’s museum was acknowledged as the best corporate museum.
Gazprom Transgaz Yugorsk’s museum acknowledged as best corporate museum. Pictured: Oleg Bargilevich, Deputy Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Transgaz Yugorsk

Oleg Bargilevich, Deputy Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Transgaz Yugorsk

The highest award in the Combating Non-Payments category went to Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Vologda for its publicity efforts aimed at reducing TGC-2’ arrears to Gazprom in the Vologda Region. The amount of repaid debt totaled RUB 263 million in 2016.

Highest award in Combating Non-Payments category handed to Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Vologda. Pictured: Alexey Zavyalov, Adviser to Director General, Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Vologda

Alexey Zavyalov, Adviser to Director General, Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Vologda

The Trassa newspaper of Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg was named the best corporate print media outlet in 2016. According to the jury, it was the most informative publication in the line-up.

Trassa newspaper of Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg named best corporate print media outlet in 2016. Pictured: Denis Seleznev (right), Head of PR Service, Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg

Denis Seleznev (right), Head of PR Service, Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg

Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy’s Popular Science Videos about Gas and Gas Condensate Production won in the Best Corporate Film category. The project was praised for its gripping and vivid presentation of the subject.

Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy’s Popular Science Videos about Gas and Gas Condensate Production awarded in Best Corporate Film category. Pictured: Natalia Kitsova (left), Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy

Natalia Kitsova (left), Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy

Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol took the trophy for best website among Gazprom’s subsidiaries in 2016. The website was singled out for its user-friendliness and up-to-date reporting.

Main prize for best website among Gazprom’s subsidiaries in 2016 awarded to Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol. Pictured: Elena Shapina (right), Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol

Elena Shapina (right), Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol

The Grand Prix for social achievements from Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, went to Gazprom Transgaz Moscow for its great efforts in tracing and perpetuating the memory of fallen warriors as part of the Memory Watch International Military-Patriotic Campaign.

Grand Prix for social achievements from Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee, awarded to Gazprom Transgaz Moscow for Memory Watch International Military-Patriotic Campaign. Pictured: Alexander Babakov, Director General, Gazprom Transgaz Moscow, Alexander Bespalov, Head of Gazprom Department, and Konstantin Misyautov, Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Transgaz Moscow

Alexander Babakov, Director General, Gazprom Transgaz Moscow, Alexander Bespalov, Head of Gazprom Department, and Konstantin Misyautov, Head of PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Transgaz Moscow

Alexey Miller’s Grand Prix for industry-specific projects was awarded to Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta for the Chronicle of the National Oil and Gas Industry, 1273–2016. In the course of the project, an expansive scope of historical materials on the evolution of the Russian fuel and energy complex was presented and made available to the wide public.

Alexey Miller’s Grand Prix for industry-specific projects awarded to Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta for Chronicle of the National Oil and Gas Industry, 1273–2016. Pictured: Alexander Gaivoronsky (foreground center), Director General, Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta

Alexander Gaivoronsky (foreground center), Director General, Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta

Background

The Corporate Contest for the PR services of Gazprom’s subsidiaries has been held since 2009. The Contest is aimed at improving the quality of corporate print media and stimulating the creativity and initiative of PR specialists at subsidiaries.

Contest winners are determined by a jury composed of independent experts: journalists, publishers, PR specialists, and employees of Gazprom Magazine and the Company’s Department in charge of Gazprom’s information policy.

 



Alexey Miller briefs Vladimir Putin on gasification of Russian regions

A working meeting took place between Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.

Particular attention at the meeting was paid to the ongoing gasification of Russian regions.

Alexey Miller briefs Vladimir Putin on gasification of Russian regions

Vladimir Putin and Alexey Miller. Photo by www.kremlin.ru

Gazprom website Editorial Board

SHORTHAND RECORD

Vladimir Putin: Mr. Miller, let us talk about what has been achieved so far this year.

My second concern is related to the “Direct Line” program: there are many issues with gas access. Those are perennial problems mentioned regularly on “Direct Line,” and we go beyond just discussing them: I am aware of the fact that you develop concrete solutions jointly with regional authorities, as Gazprom cannot handle those issues on its own. However, I would like to go back to that matter.

Alexey Miller: Mr. Putin, in the first half of 2017 Gazprom ramped up its gas production by 36.2 billion cubic meters against the same period of 2016, an increase of 18.4 per cent. It can be attributed to the growing domestic consumption, which is remarkable. Gas consumption climbed by 4.6 per cent for the population, by 9.5 per cent for the power sector, by 20.6 per cent for agrochemical businesses, and by 28.2 per cent for the metals industry, with an average of 9.7 per cent and an overall growth of 11.2 billion cubic meters. It is a sign of undeniable economic advances in those fields.

The fact that the public is consuming more gas means that provision of gas supplies undoubtedly remains essential and highly important. Gazprom continues to carry out the national Gasification Program that we started implementing following your order in mid-2005.

This year, the Program covers 68 regions, with RUB 25,700 million allocated for its execution. Construction is underway for 3,700 kilometers of gas pipelines under the Gasification Program. This year, we will bring into operation 1,700 kilometers of pipelines in 31 regions and connect to gas 160 boiler houses and 75,800 apartments and households, providing gas to upward of 200 population centers.

There are outstanding issues in a number of regions. We have 19 regions that systematically fail to comply with their obligations under work synchronization plans that we sign with regional authorities every year.

Vladimir Putin: Do they fail to provide gas to end consumers?

Alexey Miller: Indeed. After all, Gazprom is responsible for bringing gas to the border of a given population center, while distribution networks within settlements or individual buildings, along with efforts for preparing consumers to receive gas, fall within the domain of regional authorities.

Of course, based on the first six months of this year, Gazprom will have to consider reallocating funds in the regions that failed to meet their obligations during that period and giving additional resources to the best-performing regions.

As of early 2017, the average gas penetration level in Russia stood at 67.2 per cent, with 70.9 per cent in cities and towns and 57.1 per cent in rural areas.

Year-on-year, our investments yield diminishing returns due to the fact that our gasification efforts focus on increasingly remote areas. It should be noted, however, that in 2017 we allocated considerable funds to such regions as the Primorye Territory in light of the Russian Government’s policy for accelerated development in the Far East. At the moment, we have invested the largest amount in the Primorye Territory as far as the Gasification Program is concerned.

I would also like to point out that the regions headed by new top officials, namely acting governors, engage in constructive working dialogue with us. I would like to give a special mention to the Yaroslavl Region where we had a working meeting with the governor and outlined rather ambitious plans for ensuring gas access within the Region.

Of course, Eastern Siberia currently plays a crucial role in our Program. I would also like to mention the Novosibirsk Region, in which we have invested a significant amount, and Karelia in the northwest of the country.

I could probably also list the regions that, for various reasons, have systematically failed to meet their obligations, such as Dagestan and, I am sorry to say, the Volgograd Region. Those regions constantly fall behind in fulfilling the obligations they undertake.

Gazprom has been financing the Program at a steady pace. In the first half of the year, we allocated exactly 50 per cent of the amount indicated in the Program. It is planned to bring the new infrastructure in operation by the 2017–2018 autumn/winter season.

Vladimir Putin: Very good.



Gazprom and Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade ink documents to advance cooperation

A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, took place in Moscow today.

The parties discussed gas supplies to and gas storage in Hungary, as well as gas transit to third countries. The meeting addressed, among other things, the development prospects of gas transmission capacities in the territory of Hungary.

In the course of the meeting, Alexey Miller and Peter Szijjarto signed a roadmap to implement a number of measures aimed at developing Hungary’s gas transmission system.

Peter Szijjarto and Alexey Miller

In addition, Gazprom Export and Hungarian Gas Trade Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Alexey Miller and Peter Szijjarto. The document reflects the intent of the parties to continue long-term cooperation with regard to Russian gas supplies to Hungary.

Справка

In 2016, Russian gas exports to Hungary totaled 5.7 billion cubic meters.

Hungarian Gas Trade Ltd (Magyar Földgázkereskedő Zrt.) is part of the MVM Group. The company supplies gas to consumers in Hungary. MVM is a Hungarian state-owned group of companies focused on power and heat generation and marketing, as well as gas pipeline construction, gas storage and sales, and telecommunication services.

 



Gazprom and BASF spotlight importance of timely execution of Nord Stream 2 project

A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, took place in Moscow today.

Alexey Miller

Kurt Bock

The parties discussed the ongoing cooperation between the companies, paying particular attention to the Nord Stream 2 project. It was noted that the project was implemented for the benefit of European consumers. At present, Russian gas imports to Europe continue to grow. Specifically, in the first half of 2017 Gazprom supplied Germany with 26.5 billion cubic meters of gas, an increase of 3.8 billion cubic meters (+16.7 percent) against the first six months of 2016. The parties stressed the importance of the timely implementation of the project.

Gazprom and BASF spotlight importance of timely execution of Nord Stream 2 project

Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines

Gazprom and BASF spotlight importance of timely execution of Nord Stream 2 project

First pipes for Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

Background

BASF SE is a leader in the global chemical industry. The company’s portfolio includes oil and gas, chemicals, synthetics, and petroleum derivatives.

Wintershall Holding GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF, is Gazprom’s partner in gas transmission (Nord Stream gas pipeline) and the development of the Yuzhno-Russkoye oil, gas and condensate field and Blocks 1A, 4A and 5A in the Achimov formations of the Urengoyskoye oil, gas and condensate field.

Nord Stream 2 is the construction project for a gas pipeline with the annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea. The project is implemented by Nord Stream 2 AG, where Gazprom is the sole shareholder. On April 24, 2017, Nord Stream 2 AG, ENGIE S.A., OMV AG, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Uniper SE, and Wintershall Holding GmbH signed the financing agreements for the Nord Stream 2 project. The gas pipeline will be brought into operation before the end of 2019.

 



St. Petersburg hosts Fifth Football for Friendship 2017 International Children’s Forum featuring young participants from 64 countries

Gazprom Football for Friendship 2017 International Children’s Forum organized by Gazprom, Official Partner of FIFA and the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, was held in St. Petersburg. The event was attended by more than 1,000 guests from 64 countries all over the world. Young participants of different genders, ethnic origins and physical capacities, journalists representing top international mass media, football stars, Olympic and Paralympic champions, FIFA legends, top management of FIFA, the Russian Olympic Committee and international children’s charity funds, and the heads of football federations took part in the Forum. The main values of the programme are peace, equality and a healthy lifestyle.

St. Petersburg hosts Fifth Football for Friendship 2017 International Children’s Forum featuring young participants from 64 countries

St. Petersburg hosts Fifth Football for Friendship 2017 International Children’s Forum featuring young participants from 64 countries

The fifth season of Football for Friendship was held in a new format and united participants from Europe, Asia, Africa, and South and North America. Following an open draw that took place at the start of the fifth season, young ambassadors were united into eight international Teams of Friendship and met together in St. Petersburg at the Gazprom F4F 2017 International Championship.

St. Petersburg hosts Fifth Football for Friendship 2017 International Children’s Forum featuring young participants from 64 countries

St. Petersburg hosts Fifth Football for Friendship 2017 International Children’s Forum featuring young participants from 64 countries

2017 was the first time when a Friendship Relay was organized. It was the national qualification phase for young football players and young journalists which took place in all the participating countries. The results and the names of the participants were announced on April 25, during the International Day of Football and Friendship, when hundreds of thousands of children and adults joined the event to bind the Friendship Bracelets, the official symbol of the programme.

During the fifth season of the Football for Friendship programme, Gazprom held the International Children’s Forum where young journalists covered the program’s events in their countries by preparing news and materials for the leading international sports mass media. Children were taking part in preparing materials for the Football for Friendship international TV channel, the international daily children’s newspaper, the official radio stations and posts for social networks. Materials were prepared in 43 languages. The final events of the fifth season of Gazprom Football for Friendship International Children’s Social Programme were covered by more than 2,000 journalists from all over the world.

St. Petersburg hosts Fifth Football for Friendship 2017 International Children’s Forum featuring young participants from 64 countries

St. Petersburg hosts Fifth Football for Friendship 2017 International Children’s Forum featuring young participants from 64 countries

In the lead-up to the Championship and the Forum, children and adults from all over the world took part in a three-day friendship camp in St. Petersburg, including football training sessions with young coaches, master classes by famous football players, game-based exercises by the School of 9 Values, and Olympic lessons that included speeches by heads and ambassadors of the Russian Olympic Committee.

Traditionally, all the young participants of the Football for Friendship Programme went together with new friends to the football match. Yesterday, they had the chance to support the national teams of Chile and Germany during the FIFA Confederations Cup Final that was held at the new Saint Petersburg Stadium.

“We launched a project where young football players are the key figures and this initiative has been supported by many sportsmen, media persons and civil society organizations. This year we saw a record number of 64 participating countries. It allowed children from all over the world to demonstrate their commitment to the ideas of equality and peace and become true Ambassadors of Football for Friendship,” said Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazprom.

“We are glad to support this unique initiative from our FIFA partner Gazprom. The forum is a perfect example of how football can be used to open doors for girls and boys from all backgrounds, a mission that FIFA supports actively,” said Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary General.

Background

The Football for Friendship (F4F) international children's social project has been implemented by Gazprom since 2013.

The project is aimed at developing youth football and fostering tolerance and respect toward different cultures and ethnicities among children from across the world. The key values supported and promoted by the project's participants include friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honor.

The annual Football for Friendship International Children's Forum is the project’s most important event, bringing together young footballers from different countries who discuss worldwide promotion of the key values with media professionals and famous football players.

The F4F project has a special prize: the Nine Values Cup is a unique trophy awarded annually to a professional football club for the implementation of social initiatives based on the project’s values. The winner is chosen by young F4F ambassadors through a vote held in all countries participating in the project.

Thousands of participants join F4F every year. Since its inception, the project's geographical scope expanded considerably from 8 countries in 2013 to 64 in 2017. Hundreds of young athletes become ambassadors for the F4F movement and its values in their respective countries. The Friendship Bracelet, the official symbol of F4F, is worn by over 400,000 children and adults across the world, including well-known athletes and journalists, performers, political figures, and heads of state.

In 2017, the project’s participating countries are as follows: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

The fifth season of the project was held in a new format. Instead of representing football clubs from different countries, young players were united into eight international Friendship Teams. Eight-player teams were formed of 12-year-old boys and girls, including those with disabilities. The F4F International Organizing Committee joined efforts with national football federations to select the players (one representative from each country).