On 3 June, at Gazprom's head office, Alexey Miller, the Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, met with Rainer Seele, the Chairman of the executive board of Wintershall Holding GmbH, who will start serving as the CEO and Director-General of OMV as of 1 July 2015.
According to Gazprom's press service, the meeting reiterated the two companies' successful cooperation on a number of key projects that have had a positive impact on the development of the gas industry and that have also significantly improved the reliability of Russian gas supplies to Europe. In particular, the two companies are jointly developing the Yuzhno-Russkoye field and the Achimov deposits at the Urengoy field. In addition, they built the Nord Stream pipeline, which is now in operation. The companies have also worked together on gas trade and storage in Europe, as well as on a number of joint cultural projects.
Mr. Miller wished Mr. Seele success in his new post and also expressed confidence that Mr. Seele would do a lot more to strengthen cooperation between Russia and Europe.
Wintershall Holding GmbH (Germany) is a 100 percent subsidiary of BASF SE with more than 80 years' experience in oil and gas exploration and production.
The priority regions for Wintershall's operations include Europe, Russia, North Africa and South America, as well as, to an increasing degree, the Middle East.
At present, Wintershall is the largest oil and gas company headquartered in Germany that operates in international markets.
BASF SE and Wintershall Holding GmbH have partnered with Gazprom for the development of the Achimov deposits at the Urengoy field and of Turonian gas at the Yuzhno-Russkoye field, as well as for the implementation of the Nord Stream and South Stream pipeline projects.
Moreover, Gazprom's sole specialised company for prospecting, exploration, and development of hydrocarbon fields outside the Russian Federation, Gazprom International, is implementing a project, in cooperation with Wintershall Holding GmbH, for the development of C96 and C97 oil blocks in Libya, in addition to taking part in the Wingate, Winchelsea and Sillimanit projects in the North Sea.
OMV is Gazprom's main partner in Austria. The company is involved in the exploration, production, refinement, transportation and marketing of hydrocarbons.