VNIIGeofizika was established in 1944 as a research institute focussing on geological and geophysical surveys performed during prospecting and exploration for oil and gas deposits. Nowadays, it is one of the largest scientific enterprises in Russia performing geophysical surveys and research.
VNIIGeofizika is a specialized geophysical enterprise with a great potential. Oil and gas seismic survey results obtained by the company facilitated or provided for the discovery of major commercial fields in the Kaliningrad, Volga, Caspian, North Caucasus, and Eastern Siberia Regions, republics of the Central Asia, Ukraine, Belarus, and 16 foreign countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
VNIIGeofizika’s specialists discovered over fifty fields of oil, gas, and condensate (including the Astrakhanskoye and Tengizskoye, Sinyavskoye, Azovskoye, Markovskoye, Biryuchye, Tuzlovskoye, and Zernogradskoye) and prepared them for the development. It also established over 100,000 linear kilometres of reference and regional section lines in Russia, the CIS and non-CIS countries.
The enterprise performs prospecting for ore-bearing structures and formations of shields and folded regions. It studies the Earth’s crust, registers and monitors earthquakes.