1.8. Innovations

Gazprom's goal is to maintain technological leadership in the industry and remain a reliable energy supplier. Gazprom makes hefty investments in research and development, leading the pack in R&D spending among Russian energy companies and being a top 10 global energy company.

Material topic 5

Innovations and R&D at the Gazprom Group

RUB 30.01 billion

investments in R&D in 2022

Key documents

  • PJSC Gazprom’s Innovative Development Program until 2025Approved by resolution of the Board of Directors of PJSC Gazprom No. 3513 dated December 1, 2020.
  • R&D Program of PJSC Gazprom and its Subsidiaries
  • Procedure for Managing R&D Activities at PJSC Gazprom and its SubsidiariesApproved by order of PJSC Gazprom No. 254 dated April 20, 2017 (as amended).
  • A set of PJSC Gazprom’s standards pertaining to the Intellectual Property group of standards
  • PJSC Gazprom’s Patent Strategy until 2025Approved by order of PJSC Gazprom No. 92 dated March 4, 2019 (as amended).
  • Key Provisions for Managing Intellectual Property Rights of PJSC Gazprom and its Subsidiaries
  • Regulations on the Introduction of Innovative Products in PJSC GazpromApproved by order of PJSC Gazprom No. 102 dated March 2, 2018.
  • Regulations on PJSC Gazprom's Single Point of Contact System for introducing innovative products of small and medium-sized businesses, review of innovative proposals of individuals and legal entitiesApproved by order of OJSC Gazprom No. 311 dated June 9, 2015.

Innovative Development Program

PJSC Gazprom’s Innovative Development Program until 2025 (the “Program”) is Gazprom’s tool for the long-term planning and management of innovative activities which is part of the Group-wide strategic planning framework. It has a ten-year planning horizon and covers gas, oil and power generation businesses of the Gazprom Group. To deliver on the technological and organizational priorities of the Program, there are relevant R&D initiatives (plans) in place at PJSC Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Gazprom Energoholding and other subsidiaries and affiliates.

The Program is mainly aimed at improving technological and organizational capabilities of PJSC Gazprom to cement its position as a global energy company and a reliable energy supplier.

The Program prioritizes technological development with a focus on prospecting and exploration, and enhancing development efficiency, including greenfield, offshore, and unconventional resources. The Gazprom Group also monitors and develops technologies for enhancing the efficiency of gas transportation and storage, hydrocarbon processing, LNG production, gas marketing and utilization.

Key Areas of Gazprom Group’s Organizational Innovations
  • improving innovation and sustainable development, corporate governance and long-term forecasting, cost and investment management, risk management;
  • feasibility modeling;
  • improving the pricing systems and tariff policy;
  • increasing efficiency in the use of energy, natural, human and financial resources;
  • reducing the cost of products and services;
  • improving labor efficiency;
  • mitigating environmental impacts of operations;
  • improving the reliability and safety of production equipment;
  • improving organizational capabilities.

Innovation Management

Innovation Management Structure

Gazprom has an advanced innovation management framework in place. It also has a standing R&D Commission (the “Commission”), which considers whether and how PJSC Gazprom and its subsidiaries should implement R&D projects based on the principles of transparency, objectivity, and independence.

In the reporting year, the Commission once again confirmed its objectivity and commitment to high standards by making comments and suggestions for the revision of R&D applications for more than a half of the works submitted for review.

In accordance with the approved procedure for managing R&D activities, five supplements to the 2022 R&D Program of PJSC Gazprom and its Subsidiaries, as well as the 2023 R&D Program of PJSC Gazprom and its Subsidiaries were formulated and approved based on the Commission resolutions.

For more details on innovation management in PJSC Gazprom see PJSC Gazprom’s official website.

Gazprom Group’s R&D investments, RUB billion(1)

(1) Including pre-investment studies.

Number of patents received by the Gazprom Group

Gazprom supports the desire of small and medium-sized businesses to develop innovative proposals for their enterprises. PJSC Gazprom has a Single Point of Contact System where businesses can submit their proposals for introduction into the Gazprom Group’s operations. The System’s web portal covers the entire process of submitting an innovative proposal – from the application stage to obtaining the final opinion. In 2022, 115 new applications were registered and 87 expert opinions prepared. PJSC Gazprom's Commission for Introduction of Innovative Products reviewed 24 proposals and recorded 23 items in the Register of Innovative Products, which currently contains 133 items, including 97 proposed by SMEs.

Interaction with the Scientific Community

The work to popularize corporate science continued in 2022 as part of the Decade of Science and Technology. The Gazprom Group actively promotes scientific ideas and knowledge within and outside the scientific community, using various channels and methods of communication, and seeks to make science and technology more attractive to young talent, raise awareness about innovative opportunities of the gas science and engage the professional academic community in tackling the gas industry challenges.

In the reporting year, another contest for the PJSC Gazprom Science and Technology Prize was held with 16 works submitted. The works were created by 28 Gazprom Group companies and seven third-party organizations. The total economic effect from implementing top 10 winning projects can exceed RUB 36 billion.

The top prize went to the paper created by Gazprom Transgaz Moscow in cooperation with the relevant structural units of PJSC Gazprom and SPA Vympel on Single-Line Gas Metering Station Equipped with Ultrasonic Flow Transducers and Checked for Accuracy by Means of an Intra-Facility Verification Unit. The winners developed and implemented a next generation measuring facility based on Russian-made components and possessing significant advantages over gas metering stations with conventional multi-line layout.

Collaboration with Universities and R&D Institutes

Joint projects with R&D centers (institutes, anchor universities) implemented in 2022 make a significant contribution to improving the efficiency of PJSC Gazprom’s processes.

PJSC Gazprom cooperates with partner universities as part of its Innovative Development Program. PJSC Gazprom and its subsidiaries have an extensive network of anchor and regional partner universities. As of the end of 2022, 13 universities had the status of “anchor” and five more were “special partner universities”.

The fundamental principles of Gazprom’s collaboration with universities are continuity, systemic approach, and innovations. They are included in the approved University Collaboration Concept and the Regulation on Collaboration with Anchor Universities.

An anchor university is entitled to create targeted R&D programs for the benefit of PJSC Gazprom. On the basis of such programs, the university can enter into R&D contracts that cover the topics included in the programs on a non-competitive basis.

PJSC Gazprom engages anchor universities in conducting R&D projects on all core areas of the Company’s technological chain such as software development, and digitalization of production and management functions. Many of them contribute to sustainable development.

In order to assist the anchor universities in formulating R&D programs, the Company carries out consistent work on the review of R&D proposals. In the reporting year, more than 50 joint events were held in the format of technical dialogs with representatives of PJSC Gazprom business units and subsidiaries.

In order to develop inter-university cooperation, a conference of PJSC Gazprom’s anchor universities was held at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University on May 24, 2022.

Chaired by Oleg Aksyutin, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Head of Department at PJSC Gazprom, and Andrei Rudskoi, Rector of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, the conference was attended by representatives of 13 of Gazprom's anchor universities with the total number of participants standing at 150.

The event discussed a wide range of issues in the field of exploration, offshore field development, pipe products and materials, low-carbon development based on natural gas, diagnostics of production, transportation and processing facilities.

Fostering and Supporting the Russian Science and Young Scientists

2022 saw the implementation of all measures required for the purposes of the Concept for the Development of the Corporate System for Scientific Personnel Training at PJSC Gazprom and its Subsidiaries.

During the year, Gazprom VNIIGAZ, PJSC Gazprom’s principal scientific-research center, created and implemented an online lecture course Immersion in Science, which allows young employees to obtain the necessary information about legislative changes, rules for writing scientific articles and theses.

PJSC Gazprom held a grant competition for postgraduate and doctoral studies. Based on the competition results, four employees of subsidiaries planning to receive a PhD, and one employee planning to receive a post-doctoral degree were identified and are now about to sign grant contracts.