Social activities abroad
Gazprom Neft is a major investor in Serbia's economy and implements large-scale social projects in the country. In 2016-2017, as part of a programme to support humanitarian projects in the field of culture and to preserve Serbia's historical heritage, unique work was carried out to make a mosaic for the dome of the Church of St. Sava in Belgrade. Making the ornamentation for the dome was one of the most ambitious projects in the world in terms of decorating a curvilinear space: the total area of the mosaic covers 1,248 square metres. The church is an architectural monument of Serbia and one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world.
In addition, Gazprom Neft has been a partner of Serbia's largest classical music festival, the Bolshoi, since 2013. The festival is aimed at supporting young musicians from Serbia and Russia and developing social and cultural cooperation between the two countries.
Republic of Iraq
The Company is implementing a social programme for the development of the Badra field region together with its partners in the project. The programme focuses on stabilizing electricity supplies, providing medical equipment, and developing the educational system in the region.
In 2017, Gazprom Neft completed the modernization of power networks in areas adjacent to the field, which included the construction of new power lines in the city of Badra, the villages of Zurbatiyah and Gassan, and surrounding settlements.
The Badra training centre, which the Company opened to train specialists for a gas plant from among the local population, produced the first specialists during the reporting year. After completing training, the trainees will transition to the category of interns and commence the production practice in the workplace. A total of USD 9 million was invested in the social development of Badra.
Kurdish Autonomous Region of the Republic of Iraq
Gazprom Neft is implementing an extensive social programme in the region with total investment of more than USD 3 million. Social projects are being implemented in close cooperation with the local authorities at different levels and are approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Kurdish Autonomous Region.
In 2017, Gazprom Neft conducted a socioeconomic study of the Garmian region, which is adjacent to the Company’s operating area. A five-year programme for social projects in the region was developed based on the results of this study with a focus on sports, the environment, education, medicine, cultural heritage, and support for children and youth.
The Company also continued to implement social projects based on the current needs of the local population, which included the supply of fuel to residents of surrounding villages and emergency assistance to victims of natural disasters in 2017.