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ExxonMobil in Russia

Fact sheet, March 2018

  • Operated the Sakhalin-1 project under Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) on behalf of the Sakhalin-1 consortium since 1995; ExxonMobil has 30 percent interest.
  • 20 years of continuous business presence across Upstream, Downstream and Chemical divisions.
  • About 1,000 employees in Russia total.
  • Upstream offices located in Moscow and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
  • Sakhalin-1 production infrastructure located in two regions in the Russian Far East and includes five major sites with more than 800 employees.
  • Downstream offices located in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk.



Sakhalin-1 project overview

  • Affiliate name: Exxon Neftegas Limited (ENL).
  • ENL co-ventures in the Sakhalin-1 project include the Japanese consortium SODECO (30 percent); the Indian state-owned oil company ONGC Videsh Ltd. (20 percent); and two Rosneft affiliates (combined 20 percent).
  • Sakhalin-1 includes three oil and gas fields – Chayvo, Odoptu and Arkutun-Dagi – located off the northeast coast of Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East. Potential recoverable resources are 2.3 billion barrels of oil (307 million tons) and 17.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (485 billion cubic meters).
  • Sakhalin-1 oil and gas production commenced in October 2005 from the Chayvo block, in September 2010 from the Odoptu block, and in January 2015 from the Arkutun-Dagi block.
  • As of March 2018, over 100 million tons of oil have been produced and delivered from Sakhalin-1and North Chayvo fields to international markets via the ENL-operated De-Kastri oil terminal and over 22.8 billion cubic meters gas have been delivered to customers in Khabarovsk Krai.  
  • The Sakhalin-1 Consortium continues to explore opportunities to monetize Sakhalin-1 gas resources to maximize benefits to the consortium and the Russian state. Monetization options include upstream sales or exporting the gas via a LNG project.
  • ExxonMobil and Rosneft signed a memorandum of understanding in February 2013 to jointly study the economic viability of a Russian Far East liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. ENL is progressing pre-FEED activities, including concept design, cost optimization and site surveys. ENL and its Sakhalin-1 co-venturers selected the De-Kastri site in the Khabarovsk Krai, near the Sakhalin-1 oil export terminal, as the most optimal location for an LNG plant. LNG plant design capacity will be around 6 million tons per year and will use Sakhalin-1 gas reserves as the primary resource base.


  • In August 2011, OAO NK Rosneft and ExxonMobil concluded a strategic cooperation agreement to establish the framework for joint oil and gas exploration and production in Russia, the United States and other countries.
  • Following the signing of the strategic cooperation agreement, Rosneft and ExxonMobil formed 11 joint ventures for projects in the Russian Arctic, the Black Sea and western Siberia.
  • The United States and European Union imposed sectoral sanctions against Russia in 2014 that precluded ExxonMobil’s participation in exploration or production activities in deepwater, Arctic offshore and shale oil projects in Russia.
  • In August 2017, the United States codified and expanded the sectoral sanctions relating to Russia. The congressional act of codifying the sectoral sanctions has unforeseeably increased both the significance and duration of the sanctions. Throughout this time ExxonMobil has complied with the sectoral sanctions applicable to its projects in Russia..
  • In February 2018, ExxonMobil initiated withdrawal from its 11 joint ventures with Rosneft in Russia that were impacted by the U.S and European Union sanctions.



  • Affiliate name: Mobil Oil Lubricants LLC.
  • Lubricants are marketed under the Mobil brand and sold through a country-wide network of 29 independent distributors.
  • Mobil 1, Mobil Delvac 1 and Mobil SHC lubricants are the leading brands in Russia for passenger vehicle, commercial vehicle and industrial applications.


  • ExxonMobil markets a wide range of petrochemical products in Russia that are used by local industries (packaging, construction, automotive) to develop and produce high-quality consumer products.
  • Catalysts & Licensing Global Business Unit (EMCL) supplies catalysts and offers technologies for refinery and petrochemical industries. EMCL has 15 ongoing projects with all major Russian oil companies, including 5 with Rosneft and 3 with Gazpromneft, Lukoil, Zarubezhneft and others, in lube, fuels, resid upgrading and gas treating areas. EMCL is pursuing new opportunities in Methanol to Gasoline and gas condensate treating technologies with Gazprom.


  • ExxonMobil affiliate has 7.5 percent ownership in the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) pipeline, which transports oil from Kazakhstan to the Russian port of Novorossiysk in the Black Sea.
  • CPC completed Kazakhstan's end of expansion project in 2017 whilst in Russia, the final oil-pumping station will be put into operation in April 2018. The total throughput capacity of the pipeline has been increased from 28.2 million tonnes to 67 million tonnes (1.4 million barrels per day).


  • ENL has been consistently recognized as one of the corporation’s leading affiliates for excellence in safety, health and environmental performance. In 2016, ENL received three of ExxonMobil’s top safety and performance awards including the EMPC Presidents Operational Excellence Award, the EMDC Presidents Projects Safety Award and the EMDC Presidents Drilling Safety Award.
  • The industry’s leading technologies and a wide range of experts from Russian and international research and design institutions ensure the safety and integrity of Sakhalin-1 operations. More than US$ 2.5 billion has been invested to protect local wildlife, habitats and land uses. Since 1997, the Sakhalin-1 project has conducted a research program in which prominent whale experts have acquired unique data on endangered Western Gray whales in the region.


  • Since its startup, the Sakhalin-1 project has generated more than US$14 billion in tax and royalty payments to the federal budget, including US$ 5.7 billion-to the Sakhalin Oblast budget.
  • To-date, more than US$15 billion in contracts has been awarded to Russian contractors and joint ventures with Russian participation.
  • More than US$250 million has been invested into upgrades of infrastructure used jointly by Sakhalin-1 project and local communities, including hospitals, roads, power and water facilities.
  • Approximately US$30 million of charitable contribution programs have been implemented by Sakhalin-1 Consortium to improve healthcare, education and to support indigenous communities.
  • In 2015 and 2016, ENL was recognized by various Russian organizations as a Leader in Corporate Social Responsibility for its support of local communities.
  • Since 2013, ExxonMobil Russia Inc. has implemented the women’s health project in the Archangelsk and Murmansk regions to address the need for early cancer diagnosis and preventive healthcare. This program upgraded diagnostic and rehabilitation equipment for hospitals and launched a public awareness campaign for early check-ups