In Russia, as in other countries, we have strong focus on conducting our business activities in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
Leading and motivated students and post-graduates receive Statoil’s scholarships.
Sustainable resource development depends on our ability to deliver profitable projects that contribute lasting value to host societies and minimize the environmental impact.
With extensive knowledge of the local context, thorough risk assessments and close partner alignment we implement social investment projects in Russia contributing to the socio-economic development of the regions where we operate and strengthening the local capacity.
Social investments in the Nenets Autonomous District
Together with the Kharyaga project partners Statoil has implemented a number of projects supporting local reindeer breeding and educational institutions in the Nenets Autonomous District (NAO).
Completed in 2009, construction of a modern secondary school in Naryan-Mar with financial support from Total and Statoil is one of the most visible examples of corporate social responsibility activity in the region.
Based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Statoil and the NAO administration in 2012, the current focus of Statoil’s local engagement is educational and community support mainly to the indigenous Nenets people living in the region.
Contributing to sustainable development of the Russian Arctic
Statoil is implementing social investment projects in North-West Russia to enhance education, develop local suppliers, protect the environment and support local communities.
These projects are aligned with Statoil’s strategy to create local opportunities in future Arctic development projects and to strengthen capabilities needed to execute such projects in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
Since 2005 Memoranda of Understanding with the governments of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk have served as basis for our long-term regional cooperation programs.
Future Arctic offshore projects in Russia will need competent engineers and highly skilled professionals. In order to meet the industry demand we are contributing to the development of both higher education and vocational training systems.
Statoil’s university partners include Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) in Arkhangelsk, Murmansk State Technical University (MSTU), Gubkin State University of Oil and Gas and MGIMO University in Moscow.
Leading and motivated students and post-graduates receive Statoil’s scholarships. Equipment and materials are procured to enhance research and education quality and capacity. Offshore specific research and educational programs are introduced with Statoil involving leading Norwegian engineering and technological institutions and arranging lectures by their experienced professors.
Statoil emphasizes the importance of vocational training institutions and provides support to the Murmansk Industrial College (MIC). Over many years its students are motivated by scholarships and new professional training equipment. In 2012 Statoil facilitated the establishment of the Welding Certification Center at MIC where the future welders can get international certificates.
Supporting local supply companies to qualify and participate in oil and gas developments is important to secure local economic development. Statoil’s contribution to building the local capacity and competence can make a difference based on experience from similar programs developed earlier in Northern Norway.
Statoil cooperates with the supplier associations Murmanshelf in Murmansk and Sozvezdye in Arkhangelsk. Being the founder of both organizations Statoil continues to support their activities including training courses, seminars and conferences to ensure the local suppliers’ continuous skills upgrading and raise their competitiveness.
Over many years Statoil has implemented a comprehensive environmental program in North-West Russia to enhance oil spill preparedness and oil spill response in the Arctic.
The Declaration on Russian Arctic environment protection signed between Statoil and Rosneft in November 2012 provides the context for the joint petroleum operations in the Sea of Okhotsk and in the Barents Sea. The partners are commitment to continuously improve their technology and operational performance aimed at sustainable development of the Arctic resources, including minimizing the negative impact on local populations and climate.
Supporting communities and culture
Statoil has put much effort into community support projects to improve living conditions of vulnerable population groups like children, youth and elderly in the Russian regions.
Over many years Statoil has been sponsoring the Murmansk Regional Philharmonics, the Moscow Kremlin museums and the Moscow Conservatory. Through our cultural projects we contribute to fostering young talents and to strengthening cultural ties between Norway and Russia.