The Joint Coordinating Committee for Scientific and Technical cooperation and partnership between Gazprom and OMV has held a meeting in Vienna, Austria. The meeting was run by Oleg Aksyutin, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Head of Department at Gazprom, and Johann Pleininger, OMV Board Member for Upstream and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board.
The meeting participants discussed issues related to the integrity of the gas transmission system, the outlook for the energy markets, environmental protection, drilling techniques, and hydrocarbon exploration and production technologies.
In the course of the meeting, the parties signed the Annex to the Program for the Scientific and Technical Cooperation and Partnership for 2016 to 2020. The document adds a new dimension to the companies’ research activities: “Ensuring safe operation of oil and gas facilities through best practices in occupational safety.”
OMV AG is Gazprom's main partner in Austria. The companies cooperate in gas production, transportation and supplies. On April 1, 2016, Gazprom and OMV signed the Agreement for scientific & technical cooperation and partnership. On June 16, 2016, Gazprom and OMV signed the Program for scientific and technical cooperation and partnership for 2016–2020. Their research initiatives cover such areas as efficient drilling and energy saving technologies, environmental protection, innovations, and R&D management.