Interaction with IPNR

Gazprom Neft engages in production activities in areas where indigenous peoples of northern Russian (IPNR) reside in the Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Districts. The Company strictly observes the rights of IPNR when exploring and developing fields.

When developing field development programmes, Gazprom Neft and representatives of the local authorities hold public hearings with IPNR in order to take into account the population’s interests when building technological facilities. Special crossings are built over pipelines that pass through routes used by nomadic reindeer herds with IPNR representatives determining the best areas for construction.

Gazprom Neft has developed and introduced a system to compensate IPRN for damage associated with the implementation of hydrocarbon production projects. The Company concludes agreements with the heads of IPNR families under which it provides financial assistances: funding for traditional economic activities, compensation for family expenses on essential services, one-time payments and the supply of fuel and lubricants. In addition, Gazprom Neft helps farming communities of indigenous peoples that live in areas of hydrocarbon exploration and production, and also allocates funds to purchase equipment, fishing equipment, lubricants and construction materials. In the event of emergencies, the Company provides charitable support to the families that have been affected. More than 200 agreements with the heads of IPNR families were concluded in 2016.

Gazprom Neft works to preserve the national identity of IPNR, establish cultural ties between various communities and families, and attract public attention to the preservation of traditional crafts and trades. As part of such activities in 2016, the Company provided support for the celebration of Reindeer Herder’s Day in Muravlenko and the villages of Khanymey, Novy Port, Khalyasavey, Tolka and Russinskoy as well as Fisherman’s Day in Novy Port and the organisation of an ethnic day care camp for IPNR children.

Reindeer Herder’s Day
A national celebration of Reindeer Herder’s Day was held in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District village of Novy Port in 2016 for the first time in 30 years. The event took place with support from Gazprom Neft as part of the ‘Native Towns’ programme. Indigenous residents of Yamal were able to show off their skills and proficiency in such national sports as wrestling, sled hurdling, mas-wrestling and hunting. The most important contest – a reindeer race – involved 54 participants. Gazpromneft-Yamal provided assistance in organising the event and prepared gifts for the winners.

The Company began formulating a unified approach to interaction between its subsidiaries and indigenous peoples of northern Russia in 2016, specifically by drafting and introducing regulations at subsidiaries to establish cooperation between IPNR. As part of this work, Gazprom Neft representatives are involved in a working group of the Association of Managers that discusses ways to adjust the existing regulatory and legal framework for interaction between industrial companies and the indigenous peoples of northern Russia, Siberia and the Far East. The Company is also represented in a working group of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs which develops conceptual documents for interaction with IPNR. Gazprom Neft plans to formulate a Company Policy on IPNR based on this work over the course of 2017.