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September 16, 2003

Delegation of the Executive Assembly of the World Energy Council visited the Gas Flow Dispatching Center of the United Gas Transmission System of Russia

The delegation of the World Energy Council Executive Assembly (WEC EA) headed by the Assembly Chairman Mr. Antonio del Rozario (Philippines) visited Gazpromís headquarters today.

The delegation met Mr. Bogdan Budzulyak, Member of Gazpromís Board of Directors, Head of the Department for natural gas transportation, underground storage and utilization, responsible for effective operational control over gas production and transportation companies and underground storage facilities both in Russia and abroad. The WEC EA representatives got acquainted with the performance of the United Gas Transmission System as well as with specific features of gas production, transportation and marketing in Russia.

Besides, the delegation visited a Gazpromís training center and social facilities.


The World Energy Council (WEC) is an international non-governmental, non-commercial organization consolidating 97 states of the world. WEC was established in 1924 in London where the Central Secretariat of the Council is located. Executive Assembly Chairman and the Secretary-General are the key managerial posts in the WEC.

The WEC conferences are held once in three years in different countries of the world. By today, 18 conferences have already been held; the 7th conference took place in Moscow in 1968. The next, 19th conference, will be arranged in Sydney (Australia) in September 2004. The Executive Assembly meetings are held annually in different countries. The last Executive Assembly was arranged in Kiev, on 9 Ė 16 September 2003.

Russia is a co-founder and an official member of the WEC. The Russian national committee of the Council (RNC WEC) resumed its activity in the mid-1960s. Today, itís a public association formed as a non-commercial partnership. Mr. Anatoly Dyakov is the President of the RNC WEC. Mr. Alexander Ananenkov, Gazpromís Management Committee Deputy Chairman, was appointed RNC WEC Deputy President. Mr. Bogdan Budzulyak, Member of the Board of Directors, and Mr. Garri Schwarts, Head of the Energy Department, are Gazpromís representatives in the RNC WEC. One of the WECís major objectives is the development and strengthening of professional links and contacts between top managers and specialists in the energy sector throughout the world. To achieve the goal, the members of the Council set up a task to arrange an international forum for free exchange of information on the situation in fuel and energy complex, the outlooks and the role of the complex in the global social and economic development.

The WEC is striving to consolidate and intensify business collaboration with governments, major energy and industrial companies, influential financial institutions and banks, international organizations including those acting under the UN auspice, national and international research and scientific centers and institutes. Prominent politicians, top managers and specialists from big, medium- and small-sized power and industrial companies, consulting firms, industrial and financial groups, world-known scientist, representatives of the business and financial elite are engaged in the WEC activity.





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