A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Rainer Seele, Chairman of the Executive Board of OMV, took place in St. Petersburg today.
The parties reviewed current issues related to cooperation. It was noted that 2018 had been marked by the signing of documents that were of strategic importance for further interaction in a wide range of areas.
Particular attention at the meeting was paid to the growing demand for gas supplied by Gazprom to Austria. In the period from January 1 through January 27, 2019, gas exports totaled an estimated 1.2 billion cubic meters, an increase of 35 per cent from the same period of last year.
Alexey Miller and Rainer Seele discussed the ongoing construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. It was highlighted that the construction was moving on schedule. The parties stressed the importance of creating a new route for exports from Russia with a view to improving Europe’s energy security.
OMV AG is Gazprom’s main partner in Austria. The companies cooperate in gas production, transportation and supplies.
Since 2017, OMV has been partnering with Gazprom in the Yuzhno-Russkoye oil, gas and condensate field development.
In November 2018, an Amendment to the contract on gas supplies to Austria was inked. According to the document, gas deliveries to Austria would be increased by 1 billion cubic meters per year beyond the contractual amount for the entire contract period.
In October 2018, Gazprom and OMV signed the Memorandum on Strategic Cooperation.
Also in October 2018, Gazprom and OMV inked the Basic Agreement on Asset Sale. In accordance with the document, OMV would obtain a 24.98 per cent stake in the project for developing Blocks 4A and 5A in the Achimov formations of the Urengoyskoye 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.