Sunday, 30 November 2014

Statoil recommended as Johan Sverdrup operator - 01/12/2014

Statoil recommended as Johan Sverdrup operator 

The Johan Sverdrup partners have agreed to recommend Statoil as operator for all phases of the field.

Their agreement will be included in the Unit Operating Agreement (UOA), which is planned to be submitted to the authorities in February 2015 together with the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO).
Statoil will cooperate closely with its partners in order to secure the best possible utilisation of the resources on Johan Sverdrup. The goal is to achieve a recovery factor of at least 70% from the field.
The field development plan includes a field centre that will carry out the most important functions while also allowing for the subsequent connection of various installations during the development’s different phases. This integrated solution will ensure efficient field development and operation.
Statoil’s plan is to establish a production organisation for the field in Stavanger, while at the same time drawing upon the considerable expertise of its partners and the supplier industry.  Johan Sverdrup will represent a powerhouse of value creation and employment in Norway for many decades to come.

Production licence 501/501B: Lundin Norway (operator, 40%), Statoil (40%), Maersk Oil (20%)

Production licence 265: Statoil (operator, 40%), Petoro (30%), Det norske oljeselskap (20%), Lundin Norway (10%)

Production licence 502: Statoil (operator, 44,44%), Petoro (33,33%), Det norske oljeselskap (22,22%)
Facts about the Johan Sverdrup field

– Covers PL 265, PL 501, PL501B and PL502. Statoil is operator in the planning phase

– Located on the Utsira High in the North Sea, 155 km directly west of Stavanger

– Johan Sverdrup is an oil field consisting of 95% oil and 5% rich gas

– The resource estimate for the entire field is between 1.8 and 2.9 billion barrels of oil equivalent

– Johan Sverdrup is among the largest oil discoveries ever made in the history of the Norwegian continental shelf, probably among the top five oil fields

– On plateau Johan Sverdrup will account for 25% of the total oil production in Norway

– Production start is scheduled for the end of 2019

Friday, 28 November 2014

Official opening of Statoil’s Berlin office - 28/11/2014

Official opening of Statoil’s Berlin office

Statoil’s representative office in Berlin was officially opened on 27 November by marketing and trading senior vice president Rune Bjørnson. The opening of the office reflects Statoil’s increased ambitions in the German market.

Rune Bjørnson (left), Statoil marketing and trading senior vice president, Elisabeth Walaas, Norway's ambassador to Germany and Hubertus Heil, vice chairman of the SPD group in the German Bundestag, at the official opening. (Photo: Jan-Peter Boening/Agentur Zenit)
“I am very pleased that Statoil now has established a Berlin office. It marks a further step-up in Statoil’s engagement in Germany. We are looking to take an even more active part in the Germany energy discussion, which is natural given our commercial role,” says Bjørnson.
High-level representatives from the German government, Parliament, industry and academia participated in the opening, including Hubertus Heil, vice chairman of the SPD group in the German Bundestag.
The Norwegian government was represented by the new ambassador to Germany, Elisabeth Walaas, and deputy director general Erik Dugstad from the ministry of petroleum and energy.
Statoil is currently the second-largest supplier of natural gas to Germany and has been delivering gas from Norway through three direct pipelines for over 35 years.
Natural gas is a key component to the German economy and covers around 22% of the total energy demand.
“There is no doubt that Statoil has the resources to maintain—and even grow—its supplies to Germany, helping the country to reach its energy and environmental goals. We are here to convey to government, members of Parliament and other stakeholders that gas should continue to be part of the solution when Germany seeks to develop its energy policies,” Bjørnson maintains.
The Berlin office is headed by vice president Jan K. Karlsen. He was previously the head of Statoil’s Washington DC office.
“Germany is a very important market for us. The timing of the office opening coincides with the German energy debate as the country is undergoing a major transformation of its energy mix through the Energiewende,” Karlsen says.
“Undoubtedly, natural gas will be critical to ensure the success of this transformation both from a cost and climate perspective.“

Thursday, 27 November 2014

2015–2017 gas supply and transit contracts are to be signed with Belarus before long - 27/11/2014

2015–2017 gas supply and transit contracts are to be signed with Belarus before long

The Gazprom headquarters hosted today a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company's Management Committee and Vladimir Semashko, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus.
The parties discussed the cooperation in the gas sector, highlighting that Gazprom was a reliable gas supplier for Belarusian consumers. In order to ensure safe operation during the autumn-winter period, the Company increased operative gas reserve in Belarus underground gas storage (UGS) facilities from 920 million cubic meters (detected as of the 2013 withdrawal season start-up) to over 1 billion cubic meters as well as to raise the maximum daily send-out from 18 to 31 million cubic meters.
Gazprom ensures failsafe operation of the Belarusian gas transmission system. The amount of investments in its upgrade and repair has almost doubled over the two last years – up to RUB 3 billion in 2013. In 2014 this figure is expected to grow to around RUB 4 billion. Besides, the work is underway to create the Investment Rationale for the Belarusian GTS development.
Alexey Miller and Vladimir Semashko paid attention to gas supply to Belarus and its transit through the country in 2015–2017. It was stressed that the new contracts were almost ready.
The meeting participants also gave consideration to proactive participation of Gazprom in socioeconomic development of Belarus. The Company is sustainably enhancing business ties with local companies. Thus, the 2014–2016 Roadmap signed recently will make it possible to expand the use of Belarusian high-tech products and solutions at Gazprom's facilities.
Vladimir Semashko at working meeting with Alexey Miller
Vladimir Semashko
The Company contributes greatly to national health programs in Belarus, such as Early Detection of Hearing Disorders in Children or Early Detection of Vision Disorders in Children. Gazprom allotted funds in reconstructing the Brest Hero Fortress Memorial and creating a museum. Minsk hosted a zonal round of Gazprom Neft Cup, Europe's major International KHL Tournament among Children's Hockey Teams.
2015–2017 gas supply and transit contracts are to be signed with Belarus before long
Gas trunkline system in Republic of Belarus

Friday, 21 November 2014

Dejour Retains Casimir Capital L.P - 21/11/2014

Dejour Retains Casimir Capital L.P.

Advisor to Assist in Securing Debt Financing for Kokopelli Development

Dejour has retained Casimir Capital L.P., a full service energy focused investment bank, to assist Dejour with securing debt financing to support the Kokopelli Project development in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  Dejour expects to participate in a 2015 drilling campaign that includes at least 10 additional wells.

Dejour Energy Inc. (NYSE MKT: DEJ / TSX: DEJ) (“Dejour” or the “Company”), an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company operating in North America's Piceance Basin and Peace River Arch regions, updates current progress towards financing the Kokopelli Project (“Kokopelli”).

As per previous reports, the operator must deploy development capital for the 2014 program which includes drilling and completing 9 wells to earn its 65% WI in the 2200 acre property. The program is currently underway and on schedule. Upon this deployment of capital, Dejour will retain a 25% working interest in the Kokopelli Project.

Together, the working interest partners expect to develop the area which could hold 250 potential drilling targets.

"Casimir, an energy focused investment bank is committed to securing financing options supporting our capital needs. We remain intent on building a significant, liquids-rich energy resource portfolio and expect our 2015 U.S. production profile will attract continued funding for our Kokopelli development program," states Robert Hodgkinson, CEO. 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Drillsearch appoints Chief Operating Officer - 20/11/2014

Drillsearch appoints Chief Operating Officer

Drillsearch Energy Limited (ASX:DLS) (Drillsearch) today announced a further strengthening of its senior management team with the appointment of Mr Walter Simpson as Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Managing Director Brad Lingo.

The most recent role in Mr Simpson’s 30-year career in oil and gas was with BG Group 
subsidiary QGC as Technical & Commercial Director, based in Brisbane. He has worked in a number of roles in the oil and gas industry worldwide for BG and other companies including Baker Hughes and BP. 

Drillsearch Chairman Mr Jim McKerlie said: “The Board commissioned a global search for an additional very senior executive and are completely supportive of Walter’s appointment. He brings additional depth and expertise to the executive team and increases the Company’s capability to continue on its growth strategy.”

Following Mr Simpson’s appointment, David Evans will revert from Acting Chief Operating 
Officer back to Chief Technical Officer, reporting to Mr Simpson. Duncan Lockhart, who had 
been acting in the Chief Technical Officer role, will take up a new position as General 
Manager – New Ventures, reporting to Chief Commercial Officer Peter Fox.

Managing Director Brad Lingo said: “Walter has a proven track record of project delivery in 
multiple jurisdictions and we believe his appointment is a significant step in strengthening our management team. As a company with a growing operating capability, we continue to seek high quality people to join Drillsearch, and this appointment is clear evidence of our ability to attract the top talent from an international pool.” 

He added: “David and Duncan continue to be key members of the executive management
team and I’d like to thank them for the hard work they have undertaken in their acting roles 
enabling the company to continue to meet its commitment to focus and execution.”

Dejour Expands Woodrush Project - 20/11/2014

Dejour Expands Woodrush Project

Company to Spud Two Wells in December 2014 
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dejour Energy Inc. (NYSE MKT: DEJ / TSX: DEJ) ("Dejour" or the "Company"), an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company operating in North America's Piceance Basin and Peace River Arch regions, updates current development progress underway at the Woodrush/Hunter Project ("Woodrush") in NE BC.

Approval is expected to be forthcoming from the Oil and Gas Commission in the Province of drill two wells as per the previously announced 2014 development program. The wells target both the Halfway oil and Gething gas pools known to be productive at Woodrush. The plan is to place both wells on-line as soon as drilling is complete to expand current field production and reserve values of the subject hydrocarbon pools. A third well is planned for H1-2015.

The Company will own a 99% working interest in the two new wells and continue as Operator of Woodrush. The Project encompasses 23,000 gross (17,000 net) acres with 3 oil wells and 6 natural gas wells currently operating at Woodrush and 2 additional gas wells operating in the adjacent Hunter project in Northern BC.

“We remain focused on building a significant, liquids-rich producing resource that highlights our Colorado-based holdings. Upon successful fracture stimulation of the wells, we anticipate entering 2015 with an attractive U.S. production profile and a plan for an aggressive ongoing development program, particularly if the Mancos tests successfully,” stated Robert Hodgkinson, CEO.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Gazprom opens specialized department in St. Petersburg State University of Economics - 19/11/2014

Gazprom opens specialized department in St. Petersburg State University of Economics

The Gazprom Specialized Department was opened today in St. Petersburg State University of Economics, Russia's top-rated higher education institution of economics.Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee Chairman and Igor Maximtsev, Rector of St. Petersburg State University of Economics took part in the event.
Igor Maximtsev and Alexey Miller inaugurate Gazprom Specialized Department in St. Petersburg State University of Economics
Igor Maximtsev and Alexey Miller. Photo by St. Petersburg State University of Economics
“As early as this academic year the new department will supervise all the postgraduates whose papers would be considered useful for the Company's business. From September 1 next year, the new department will offer master's degree courses available to Gazprom's employees and the brightest bachelor graduates of the University.
Master's student will do their internship in Gazprom's subsidiaries, and those who are capable to demonstrate the outstanding achievements will be invited to participate in a job contest. This is the most effective way of cooperation between the Company and the University – the employers can identify the most promising talents and the University will seek to train young economists to work in the energy business,” said Alexey Miller.
Gazprom opens its specialized department in St. Petersburg State University of Economics
St. Petersburg State University of Economics. Photo by University

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

MagneGas® Files Patent and Trademark on Venturi™ Gasifier Design - 18/11/2014

MagneGas® Files Patent and Trademark on Venturi™ Gasifier Design

MagneGas Corporation ("MagneGas" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: MNGA), a technology company that counts among its inventions a patented process that converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based fuel, announced today that it has filed a patent and trademark on the 3rd generation Venturigasification systems.
This latest patent and trademark is part of the Company's effort to strengthen and broaden its intellectual and trademark property.  In this case the application relates to new production methods and designs required to produce gas from high carbon liquid wastes.  This innovative design is what is being used to produce the new MagneGas2® fuel which was launched into the market earlier in 2014.
"Our new Venturi™ gasification system design has can be used in gasification and sterilization operating modes, making it the new generation of units for the Company," stated Ermanno Santilli, CEO of MagneGas.  "We feel that MagneGas2 produced by our Venturi™ system is not only superior to any other cutting gas on the market but is also the only renewable cutting fuel available. Due to the high level of interest in our new fuel, we felt it critical to protect the Company's intellectual property related this new fuel production." 
The MagneGas IR App is now available for free in Apple's App Store for the iPhone or iPad and at Google Play for Android mobile devices.

20-year-old viola player gets million kroner grant - 18/11/2014

20-year-old viola player gets million kroner grant

Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad from Oslo has been granted the Statoil talent scholarship in classical music for 2014.

Click on the image above to see more photos of Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad.
(Photo: Harald Pettersen)
The grant is part of Statoil's talent program "Heroes of Tomorrow", where the company supports young talents in education, sports and culture. The classical music scholarship comprises one million Norwegian kroner.
Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad is 20 years old and is studying at the Norwegian Barratt Due Music Institute. He started to play the violin when he was 5 years old, but switched to viola when he was 14 years old.
Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad was awarded the scholarship by Reidar Gjærum, Statoil senior vice president corporate communication.
(Photo: Harald Pettersen)
Eivind has played as a soloist with several of the nation's professional orchestras, among them the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
His real breakthrough came in 2012 when he first won the Norwegian soloist competition "Virtuoso", and then the Eurovision Young Musicians, where he – as the first Norwegian musician – went straight to the top.
"A gripping nerve in his performance"
The jury is very pleased to award this year's Statoil talent scholarship to this year's winner and chairman Leif Ove Andsnes has the following praise for the young musician:
"Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad is a musician with strong authority and personal expression and a gripping nerve in his performance. Instrumentally, he is already at a high international level and his musical personality has significantly evolved in recent years. Although the viola is not the most widely used instrument for soloists, we strongly believe that Holtsmark Ringstad can reach far as soloist and as a chamber musician on the international music scene."
Studies in Germany and a new instrument
Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad has plans for how the grant can help him further in his career.
"It is a great honor for me to receive this award and I am very grateful to all those who have helped me along the way. The grant makes it possible to travel and study more in order to develop my skills and to invest in my own viola, which has been a dream," says the winner, who dreams about studying at Kronberg Academy in Germany within the next few years.
Cheering for classical talents
Statoil's talent program "Heroes of Tomorrow" is about lifting people with the ability and willingness to think differently, together with expertise and perseverance to work hard to achieve outstanding results.
"Statoil will foster talent development in education, sports and culture. Through this grant, we want to show that we are cheering for our classical talents. We wish Eivind good luck with the prize," says Marius Rosenberg Amundsen, sponsorship manager for Statoil.
The winner has been selected by an independent jury, consisting of Leif Ove Andsnes (jury chairman), Solveig Kringelbotn, Peter Herresthal, Ole Kristian Ruud, Ingrid Røynesdal and Marianne Thorsen.
Past recipients of classical scholarship include Ole Edvard Antonsen, Mari Eriksmoen, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Christian Ihle Hadland, Vilde Frang Bjærke and Leif Ove Andsnes. Last year Ragnhild Hemsing was awarded the grant.

South Stream’s offshore section poised for construction stage - 18/11/2014

South Stream’s offshore section poised for construction stage

The Gazprom Management Committee addressed the progress with the South Streamgas pipeline construction project.
It was stressed that South Stream Transport was ready for constructing the most complicated part of the project – the first and the second strings of the offshore gas pipeline. FEED activities are completed for the offshore section. At present, the project contractor Saipem is engaged in detailed engineering of the submerged trunkline. Almost 300 thousand tons of pipes have been supplied for the first offshore string. Pipeline sections for the deep-water part are currently being welded in the port of Burgas.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Barents Sea exploration campaign completed - 13/11/2014

Barents Sea exploration campaign completed

Statoil has completed the extensive 2013-2014 exploration programme in the Barents Sea. This represents an all-time high exploration activity and 10% of all exploration wells drilled in the Barents Sea since its opening in 1980.
The Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig. (Photo: Kenneth Engelsvold)
“This is a unique exploration programme. A commitment of this size and complexity requires geological, technological and organisational muscle, and the data collected are important for the future understanding of the oil and gas potential in the Barents Sea,” says Irene Rummelhoff, senior vice president for exploration on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Irene Rummelhoff, senior vice president for exploration on the Norwegian continental shelf. (Photo: Harald Pettersen)
“It has been argued that the exploration programme has had limited success. Indeed, we have made fewer commercial discoveries than we had hoped for. However, there are a number of things that I take pride in. We have tested a great variety of geological plays in frontier areas and dramatically increased our knowledge with the huge amount of subsurface data we have collected.  We have also demonstrated that we can operate in a safe and efficient manner in the remote parts of the Barents Sea.”
The exploration programme started with five wells in the vicinity of Johan Castberg. These wells were critical to clarify the oil potential in the area in order to plan the development of the Johan Castberg field.The oil discovery in Drivis will be developed as a part of the Johan Castberg project.
The three wells drilled in the Hoop area during the summer allowed to build important knowledge of this huge frontier area of the Barents Sea. We have confirmed a working petroleum system in Hoop, but need to work further to understand the migration and where the oil has accumulated.
The Hoop wells were the northernmost wells ever drilled on the NCS, over 300 kilometres from shore. These wells provided a lot of new learning when it comes to exploring remote northern areas and solving logistical and operational challenges related to it.
Irene Rummelhoff and Rannfrid Skjervold with the Barents sea map. (Photo: Harald Pettersen)
Though the wells were drilled during the summer months when ice was several hundred kilometres away, we built important experience through developing an ice management plan which we will bring with us moving forward, not least for the 23rd concession round.
The last part of the exploration programme was designed to increase our understanding of the petroleum potential in different areas of the Barents Sea – the Finnmark platform, the Bjørnøya basin north of Johan Castberg, and the Nordkapp basin. We tested a number of new geological play models, and the Pingvin well northwest of Johan Castberg was a play-opener proving both hydrocarbons and a reservoir in a new unexplored area of the Barents Sea.
The exploration programme overall has been very efficient, especially the last seven wells drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig. These wells were drilled 40% faster than industry average for the Barents Sea, enabling two more wells than originally planned for to be drilled.
“Exploring in the Barents Sea is not a sprint, but a marathon. It is about long-term thinking, stamina and systematic building of knowledge. I see our 2013-2014 exploration programme as an important building block for the future of Barents Sea exploration.  Our focus next year will be to analyse the extensive data we have collected, interpret the 3D data from the joint seismic acquisition in the southeastern Barents Sea and decide on the way forward in the Barents Sea. We will also work hard to deliver a strong application in the 23rd concession round,” says Rummelhoff.

Statoil strengthens position on UK continental shelf - 13/11/2014

Statoil strengthens position on UK continental shelf

Statoil was awarded interests in 12 new licences, 9 as operator, in the 28th licensing round on the UK continental shelf, announced today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

“We were awarded all the acreage that we had applied for and are of course very pleased with the outcome of this licensing round. These awards strengthen our UK continental shelf portfolio significantly and underpin our long-term commitment as an operator in UK waters,” says Erling Vågnes, senior vice president for exploration in Statoil.
Erling Vågnes, senior vice president for exploration in Statoil. (Foto: Ole Jørgen Bratland)
Eleven of the licences are in the North Sea and the remaining one is West of Hebrides. In terms of size, this additional acreage constitutes almost 8000 square kilometres and thus represents access at scale.
Significant positions have been taken both in mature parts of the Central North Sea, such as in the vicinity of the Mariner and Bressay projects, and in relation to plays largely untested in UK waters. In this latter category, the acreage picked up on the northern margin of the Mid North Sea High (Quadrants 37 and 38) and in the Halibut Horst area (Quadrants 13 and 14) can be highlighted.
“This new acreage holds the potential for new high-value barrels in our greater North Sea core area, both near our existing heavy oil projects and in new areas. This is in line with Statoil’s exploration strategy of taking large, untested acreage positions and deepening existing core areas,” says Vågnes.
Statoil is planning to drill two exploration wells in 2015 in acreage acquired in the previous UK licensing round, and also sees the potential for maturing several additional drilling candidates on the 28th round acreage.
Statoil continues the development of the heavy oil Mariner field, planned to come on stream in 2017. The Bressay project is in the concept evaluation phase.
Statoil-operated licences:
3/22, 3/26 & 3/27aStatoil
8/9 (Part), 8/10 (Part), 8/14 & 8/15bStatoil (65.11%)JX Nippon, Dyas UK
8/29 (Split), 8/30, 15/4 & 15/5Statoil
9/11e (Split)Statoil (65.11%)JX Nippon, Dyas UK
9/11fStatoil (65.11%)JX Nippon, Dyas UK
13/30b (Part), 14/21, 14/22, 14/26b (Split) & 14/27 (Split)Statoil
28/24, 28/25 & 29/21Statoil
37/5, 37/10 & 38/1Statoil (50%)Nexen
Partner-operated licenses:
154/1, 154/2, 154/3, 164/18, 164/19, 164/23, 164/24, 164/28 & 164/29OMVDONG, Statoil (30%)
37/9, 37/14 & 37/15NexenStatoil (50%)
30/20 (Part)ConocoPhillipsStatoil (42.4%), Total, ENI

Gazprom and Moldovagaz extend gas supply and transit contracts until late 2015 - 13/11/2014

Gazprom and Moldovagaz extend gas supply and transit contracts until late 2015

Gazprom and Moldovagaz signed supplements to the existing gas supply and transit contracts in Chisinau today. The documents inked as part of a working meeting betweenAlexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Adrian Candu, Economy Minister of the Republic of Moldova, extend the contracts validity period until late 2015.
Alexander Medvedev and Alexander Gusev, Chairman of Moldovagaz Board sign supplements to existing gas supply and transit contracts inked with Moldova to extend their validity period until late 2015
In forefront – Alexander Medvedev and Alexander Gusev, Chairman of Moldovagaz Board signing supplements
The parties addressed the state and the long-term outlook for the Russian-Moldavian cooperation in the gas sector. Special attention was paid to NGV projects.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Summer at Olympic heights - Gazprom - 12/11/2014

Summer at Olympic heights - Gazprom

What to practice at Krasnaya Polyana resorts in summer? In order to make the answer known to as many guests of the Sochi city as possible, employees of Gazprom’s Mountain Tourist Center invited journalists to make a tour around the resort facilities. During the tour, media representatives, editors of tourism websites and bloggers were also followed by some vacationers. See the day of a deep dive into the active leisure in our new ‘Olympic’ photo report.
As ‘the theater begins with a hanger’, Gazprom’s Mountain Tourist Center starts with the 5-star Grand Hotel Polyana.
In more than 10 years the surrounding area of the complex has changed drastically: new cableways, parking areas have become available, new leisure and business facilities have been constructed.
At the low station of the aerial cableway, the starting point of our journey, the information center is set to work. The whole Mountain Tourist Center is showed in small here. And though the size of the model is over 8 square meters, it is made at a scale of 1:2,000 and all the Center’s facilities can hardly find room there.
By the cash desks opening, the fans of hiking are gathering already at the low station – a part of their route will pass through Gazprom’s Mountain Tourist Center, the hikers will cross it by Gazprom’s cableways.
We also used the cableway to find ourselves at an altitude of about 1,500 meters above the sea. Here are the first visitors. We are coming round to Mountain Shelter No.1 – in winter it hires out alpine touring ski equipment, and in summer – a lot of other ‘vehicles’ for mountain travellers.
Galina Vachagaeva (left) – Deputy Head of Service Department and trainer manager is demonstrating summer equipment for hire and explaining safety regulations right away.
Sure, mountain bikes are offered for hire: selected for various ages and track complexities. And there are less known means of transport…
For example, mountainboards. These boards for riding in standing position are equipped with a braking device and large wheels. One should be specially trained to ride them.
Here are summer sledges for downhill riding with manual steering.
Ordinary scooters…
…and special scooters. It is a heavy scooter, which is able to produce a significant speed at a sharp slope. It is designed only for adults.
It’s time to test the ‘mountain transport’.
Riding is permitted only in protective helmets.
Mountainboards are recommended for those experienced in snowboard or skateboard riding.
With a summer sledge – it’s a bit easier,…
…though not everybody would dare to ride it – the track of medium complexity features a significant incline.
Girls enjoyed it a lot, while men desired for more extreme riding.
They preferred solid mountain scooters.
Journalists remember to record the events. Some of them are shooting the riding process, the others – tourists.
For the guests of Gazprom’s Mountain Tourist Center several observation sites are equipped with binoscopes – devices enabling to explore the Caucasus Mountain Range, waterfalls and mountain hiking trails in a good approximation.
Some travellers left for a sightseeing tour to take lovely pictures from aerial cableways.
Ann, a young guest of the Tourist Center chose a mountain bike. We will make sure later, that this girl is very brave.
Galina Vachagaeva, already familiar to us, shows the location of various resort tracks – bike, roller, hiking and sport ones.
Apart from tracks of different complexity for tourists riding, there are tracks equipped for professional sportsmen – biathletes and skiers. We met with training teams!
Using roller skis for summer training, sportsmen build up high speeds: they slip by tourists watching them, in just seconds.
However, sports fans come up with a chance to communicate with sportsmen.
They wait till the break in an exercise, collect autographs and take pictures as mementos. A bit later we will also have a chance to speak with trainers and members of Russian biathlon teams.
Even though almost the entire resort could be viewed from cableways, many people yet prefer to walk here.
And this choice will be rewarded.
After all, near the Biathlon and Ski Complex, where the Olympics were held just recently,…
…the first high-mountain kart track is located against the background of the charming landscapes. It is set at an altitude of nearly 1,500 meters above the sea.
Our guests were in for a surprise – the organizers suggested that they should take part in team karting competitions. For this purpose, all volunteers fell into groups and chose names for the teams. For example, the names were the following: ‘Butterflies’, ‘Team No. 6’, ‘Arrows’, and ‘Muggles’.
There is the entire ‘Bearded Men’ team.
Instructions before starting,…
…and races began!
And here is the youngest participant of races! Ann dared to close with older participants.
The necessary instructions, protective helmet… and, at the end of the competitions, Ann won one possible score to her team.
The real fight shaped up.
The fans supported their teams as best as they could!
Media representatives appeared in several characters – they took part in competitions and worked as well. Photo: left – Tatiana Polinyuk, a staff correspondent at ITAR-TASS, right – colleagues from Maks Media Group television company, Galina Mikulchik (correspondent), and Oleg Filatkin (cameraman).
Contrary to the chosen name, Team No. 6 took the first place, while each participant received a small souvenir.
Those who didn’t participate in races enjoyed mountain panoramas – a magnificent view opens up next to the Biathlon and Ski Complex – and umbrellas brought in case of rain were used as protection against the sun.
Let us proceed to the shooting zone at the biathlon stadium. In general, the shooting zone is professionally called ‘the biathlon shooting range’. It is equipped with a target set and an automatic scoring system. We were told about the peculiarities of sportsmen’s actions while shooting, and were actually given rifles into the hands, but…
…we were not allowed to shoot due to the absence of personal permissions. Nevertheless, we managed to feel a little bit as biathletes. Soon real biathletes came to the shooting zone: Ilgiz Samigullin – the senior trainer of the Russian Junior Women’s National Biathlon Team and his trainees.
They said that this complex was considered to be one of the best in the world, and they were very pleased to train and live here. The girls do have a case to compare – Maria Ivanova and Tamara Voronina are medalists of the Junior World Championship in American Presque Isle and other competitions.
In order to save some time – we go further by buses.
This is a new hotel complex – Polyana 1389 in a Mountain Olympic Village which hosted leading sportsmen of global biathlon and ski races not long ago. The name of the complex, as you have already guessed, corresponds to the elevation above the sea.
Certainly, we examined the new hotel rooms…
…and came out to the porch, where one could appreciate not only the wonderful mountain landscape,…
…but also the scale of this complex. Its capacity – around 1,000 people. Mountain ski tracks are situated several meters away from here, and this will, for sure, please fans of mountain skiing and snowboard.
By the way, Gazprom’s Mountain Tourist Center offers a plenty of catering options, including barbeque.
One more stop – this time at the Pikhtovaya Polyana area, near the 3S aerial cableway station. Architectural concept of the station is the combination of the futuristic design and appearances of mountain groups, this is one of the most noticeable buildings at Krasnaya Polyana.
Here we fall into the story of Evgeny Nikishin – a hiking instructor with over 20 years of experience. He has a sound knowledge of the Krasnaya Polyana history, and can talk about it absorbingly interesting.
Not far from the horses we can also notice an ‘iron horse’ indispensable on mountain roads. Tourists are offered horse-riding tours or car trips along special routes.
We are getting acquainted with horse riding instructors, and they encourage everybody to try saddling right away, promising that it is ‘by no means scary’.
Almost everyone had a treat, but… we should hurry downhill.
After getting down by the 3S aerial cableway, we found ourselves at the lower station of cableways of one more resort – Alpika. The Galaktika community center is situated nearby. It is our destination.
The Galaktika community center is accessible on foot from Alpika or the Krasnaya Polyana high-speed railway station through a pedestrian bridge over the Mzymta River.
The Galaktika community center is one of the most interesting facilities in Krasnaya Polyana.
Comprising a waterpark, an ice rink, an information and entertainment center, a club for children, cafes, and cinemas, the center is designed not only for family recreation, but also for business events – it also includes a modern multifunctional conference hall for 1,000 people.
Together with our travellers we are going to get some rest and to have a dinner: it is the evening already. Our trip took almost the whole day, but this story includes by no means everything that can fill up a holiday at Gazprom’s Mountain Tourist Center. We will certainly share more about our resort!

Elena Plyusnina (Gazprom Sotsinvest), Gazprom website Editorial Board

P. S. We appreciate the input of the Advertising Directorate of Svod International and the Corporate Affairs Directorate of Gazprom Sotsinvest in arranging the press-tour and its coverage.