VNIIOkeangeologia was founded in 1948 and now
it is the head research organization of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and the Federal Agency for Subsoil Use of Russia in the field of geological study of the continental shelf, the Ocean, the Arctic and the Antarctic.
VNIIOkeangeologia provides a wide range of services in the fields of geology, geophysics and geochemistry including offshore prospecting of hydrocarbon fields (oil, gas, gas hydrates), geological engineering, seismological researches and laboratory analyzes.
For the last 10 years VNIIOkeangeologia has been developing offshore surface geochemical exploration methodologies through cooperative programs with the oil industry. During this period VNIIOkeangeologia has performed various geological and geochemical surveys not only for the Ministry of natural resources and ecology of Russian Federation but as well for large Russian and International oil companies (including Gazprom, Rosneft, ExxonMobil and Vietgazprom). This activity has provided our team with unique experience in interpreting offshore surface geochemical data. During the last decade more than 40000 samples has been analyzed from the Arctic seas offshore Russia, South China Sea, and the Sea of Okhotsk.