Fifty years ago, on June 1, 1968, the Soviet company Soyuznefteexport (today’s Gazprom Export) and Österreichische Mineralölverwaltung (ÖMV) signed an agreement for supplying natural gas from the USSR to Austria. This made Austria the first country in Western Europe to sign a gas contract with the Soviet Union and marked the starting point of a long and diverse partnership with OMV and Gazprom, which now celebrate “Golden Wedding”.
“The strategic partnership of Gazprom and OMV is built on a robust foundation of the 50-year cooperation between our countries in the gas sector. We continue to work towards strengthening and advancing this relationship while meeting Europe’s growing demand for natural gas.,” said Alexey Miller, CEO of Gazprom.
In the past 50 years we have received reliable gas supplies from Russia and have been able to provide our industrial and household custumers with high quality natural gas without interruption. This is a good base for expanding the partnership with Gazprom long term.,” said Rainer Seele, CEO of OMV.
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Time Travel: 50 years of Russian gas supplies to Austria