Russia’s Gazprom announced the appointment of Igor Safonov as director general of Gazprom underground gas storage (UGS).
Safonov has been working with Gazprom for 20 years, having started his career with them as an engineer and rising in ranks to deputy head of the gas compressor services, head of compressor shops at the Kasimovskoye UGS Directorate of Gazprom UGS.
From 2009 until 2015, Safonov was the chief engineer of the Kaluzhskoye UGS Directorate at Gazprom UGS and from 2015–2018, he was the head of the Moskovskoye UGS Directorate.
He graduated from Bauman Moscow State Technical University, majoring in Turbine Construction. In addition, he completed a professional retraining course for UGS specialists at the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas.
Sergey Shilov, the former head of Gazprom UGS, was relieved of his post due to retirement this April.
Gazprom UGS operates 22 facilities of Gazprom in the Russian Federation. The company encompasses 25 branches: 19 UGS directorates, four emergency response and recovery and well workover directorates, an engineering centre, and a procurement directorate.