HSEHSE requirements include (but are not limited to) requirements for industrial, fire, transport, and environmental safety, occupational health and safety, electric safety and emergency preparedness.

Safe operations have always been a top priority for Gazprom Neft. The company always places the safety of its people, local communities and the environment above financial, technical or any other considerations.

The company’s commitments in this regard are detailed in its corporate Policy on Industrial, Fire, Transport, Environmental and Occupational Safety, and Civil Defence.

The company is developing an integrated occupational safety management system driven by a risk-based approach, advanced technology, upskilling and engaging employees and contractors, as well as automation of management processes through cutting-edge IT solutions.

Governance system

Company management considers its HSE management system an essential element of effective operational management and is responsible for managing operational risks of potential impact on employee life and health, as well as equipment, property and the environment.

The use of accident and injury metrics, such as FARKa: the accident rate, the number of major equipment-related incidents per million person- hours worked. FAR (Fatal Accident Rate): the number of fatal accidents per 100 million person- hours worked. AAR (Auto Accident Rate): the number of traffic accidents per million of km travelled. and AARKa: the accident rate, the number of major equipment-related incidents per million person- hours worked. FAR (Fatal Accident Rate): the number of fatal accidents per 100 million person- hours worked. AAR (Auto Accident Rate): the number of traffic accidents per million of km travelled. to manage risks to employee life and health, and KaKa: the accident rate, the number of major equipment-related incidents per million person- hours worked. FAR (Fatal Accident Rate): the number of fatal accidents per 100 million person- hours worked. AAR (Auto Accident Rate): the number of traffic accidents per million of km travelled. for equipment, property and the environment, enables effective managerial decisions on the part of the company management. These metrics have been integrated into the senior management KPI system.

The company’s comprehensive HSE decision system includes an HSE Professional Board and HSE Supervisory Board.

The company’s HSE activities follow a risk-based approach, hinged on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle.

Our corporate HSE programme, Safety Framework, is aimed at mitigating our key risks. The core principle of the programme is to prioritise and introduce, step by step, barriers to prevent events with catastrophic consequences for the company of which there are 31 scenarios. The company earmarks financial and human resources to effectively implement the Safety Framework barriers.

The actual quality of barrier implementation at company assets is verified by independent inspectors. In 2020, the objective outcomes of implementing barriers in various parts of the company were added to a management dashboard.A dashboard is a visual representation of data, grouped by subject on a single screen, making it easier to quickly comprehend. This lets managers objectively assess the HSE situation at specific operations and the company’s progress on mitigating key risks.

A total of about 10,000 initiatives were completed across subsidiaries under the Safety Framework barrier implementation programme in 2020 at a cost of ₽2.8 billion. An evaluation of barrier performance showed that breaches in focus areas more than halved year-on-year.

The company also works to identify a set of best available practices to manage HSE risks specific to each asset. To do this, each asset compiles a register of the most significant HSE risks and prepares and implements plans to minimise them.

Our safety culture pivots on the personal responsibility of each employee and the engagement of all employees and contractor personnel in improving safety. Gazprom Neft employees and contractor personnel are entitled to refuse to carry out unsafe work. The company also holds Safety Day events, attended by senior managers.

The company pays special attention to improving the knowledge, skills and competencies of its employees and contractor personnel. The existing training system was flexibly adapted to COVID-19 restrictions, with most HSE training that had previously been held in person delivered remotely or online in 2020.

In 2020, the External Knowledge Evaluation system was piloted on a large scale (17,000 testing sessions), and the decision was made to roll it out across the Upstream Division. The system enables both company and contractor employees to take training and sit controlled knowledge tests on their own at home.

Pre-fly-in training in buffer zones was conducted the same way during the lockdown, in line with corporate requirements. Despite the pandemic, the Upstream Division successfully launched a modern training centre to practice safe working skills at the Novy Urengoy Multidisciplinary College and expanded the infrastructure of training facilities in other regions in 2020. The Downstream Division, Gubkin University and Omsk State Technical University opened the Industrial Safety Academy for operational and service staff. 

HSE management digitisation with advanced modelling, analytics and monitoring technologies is ongoing. Solutions used include automated data acquisition, as well as the development of video analytics and accident probability prediction systems, operational control systems, work permit and personnel training systems. The company’s portfolio includes over 20 corporate digital projects in HSE.

Gazprom Neft places a particular emphasis on preventing risks related to transport accidents. Monitoring systems are being developed, with defensive driving training, practical training and transport safety briefings in place. A Marine Operations Safety Management System has been developed and introduced. In 2020, Gazprom Neft set up a single competency centre for air transport and flight safety, tasked with defining a strategy and methodology and conducting audits to ensure flight safety at all of the company’s assets.

Occupational health

The company leveraged a risk-based approach in its corporate HSE processes to continue on a downward trend in fatal injuries, both for its own employees and for contractor personnel working at company facilities.

Workplace injuriesIn addition to Gazprom Neft assets in Russia, injury rates are also calculated for joint ventures whose operations are managed by Gazprom Neft, including Gazprom Neft assets overseas (in Iraq, Italy, Serbia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia).

FAR FAR (Fatal Accident Rate): the number of employee fatalities divided by the number of person- hours worked in the reporting period, multiplied by 100 million. (Group employees)
LTIFLTIF (Lost Time Injury Frequency): the number of lost-time incidents (including fatalities and temporary or permanent disability) per million person- hours worked. (Group employees)

Number of people injured

Gazprom Neft Group employees (people)
Contractor employees (people)

Responsible contractor and supplier management

The company takes a consistent approach to fostering a safety culture at its contractors, which is based on personal responsibility, motivation and engagement in HSE improvement.

Gazprom Neft works to develop certain mindsets among contractor employees through a system of rewards and training in accordance with the applicable laws of the Russian Federation, as well as corporate and international HSE standards.

Standard form contracts with suppliers have HSE clauses, including requirements for hazardous cargo transportation, cargo delivery by road, etc. The company’s corporate standards require that suppliers comply with all applicable HSE laws and regulations.

The company continues its Safe Production Project, a major initiative in HSE and operational efficiency aimed at improving the working conditions and rest breaks of contractor employees. The project will improve employee satisfaction, incident transparency, and will significantly reduce turnover.

Contractor Engagement Code

Gazprom Neft has adopted and enforces its Contractor Engagement Code, whose provisions apply to existing and new contractors. The code sets forth sustainability principles for contractor relations, including the top priority of workplace safety rules, care for people and the environment.

In 2020, efforts to implement the Contractor Engagement Code included several communication meetings with existing contractors to discuss safety requirements for mobilisation and subsequent work, as well as better interaction between management and experts.

Industrial safety

The Gazprom Neft industrial safety management system operates in accordance with applicable governmental regulations and international best practices. In order to prevent major equipment failures, the company leverages advanced technical solutions that ensure the safe operation of production facilities.

Gazprom Neft has set up an Emergency Prevention and Response System. An annual drill and training plan is in place so that employees and managers can practice emergency response actions. Drills in 2020 demonstrated that governing bodies and corporate resources are prepared to carry out their respective tasks.

Incident/accident rates
Metric 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Number of incidents with equipment 2,385 2,183 1,068 920 600
Number of industrial accidents 2 0 1 0 0

Occupational health

Gazprom Neft operates a corporate health protection and disease prevention system, including measures to manage occupational and work-related risks.

The company provides its industrial sites with modern and accessible medical facilities. Vaccination drives prevent seasonal diseases.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Gazprom Neft deployed a system of anti-COVID measures, medical support and employee health protection under the comprehensive corporate programme Antivirus, starting in March 2020.

Unique involvement in the Norilsk oil-spill emergency response

On 29 May 2020, a fuel-storage facility near Norilsk failed, spilling over 20,000 tonnes of diesel fuel onto the ground and into local rivers. The President of Russia requested that companies with a proven track record in oil spill response, including Gazprom Neft, participate in the cleanup.

The company mobilised its emergency-response and rescue team in less than 24 hours. A total of 85 tonnes of cargo, including special machinery and equipment, were delivered to the spill area. The Gazprom Neft team included 72 highly qualified and experienced specialists.

In just two weeks, the Gazprom Neft specialists involved in the cleanup effort collected more than 8,000 cubic meters of oil-contaminated fluid, following the installation of more than 4 km of boom defences. The Gazprom Neft team was also successful in cleaning all fuel slicks from the Ambarnaya riverbed. The response teams worked around the clock.

Evgeniy Zinichev, Minister of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Disaster Management, presented the Gazprom Neft emergency response team with a Letter of Acknowledgement for their successful cleanup of the Norilsk spill.

Participation in this cleanup operation enabled to gain unique practical experience:

  • The important practical skills of organising multiple groups and team communication were built up
  • The equipment and technologies employed were proved to be effective, with technical limits identified
  • The company’s high HSE expertise was confirmed