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Gazprom ramps up gas production and moves forward with major investment projects

14 April 2020

Russia’s state gas company, Gazprom, has issued an update about the status of its major investment projects and said it will continue to ramp up its gas production and transportation facilities. In a statement released on April 10, Gazprom provided an update on several projects within its Eastern Gas Program.

Comprehensive Gas Treatment Unit No. 3 at Chayandinskoye field - Image: Gazprom
Comprehensive Gas Treatment Unit No. 3 at Chayandinskoye field - Image: Gazprom

At the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia, the company is working on facilities to bring the field up to its designed annual output of 25 billion cubic metres of gas. Specifically, efforts are underway to expand the operating Comprehensive Gas Treatment Unit (CGTU) that feeds gas into the Power of Siberia pipeline. In addition, the membrane unit for helium concentrate extraction is expected to come onstream in 2020.

Elsewhere, production drilling is in full swing at the Kovyktinskoye field in the Irkutsk region. Seven drilling rigs are currently in operation, and their number is going to be raised to 18 next year.

This year, Gazprom is also looking to complete the construction of the second compressor station, named Ivan Moskvitin, on the Power of Siberia gas pipeline. The company intends to start building the pipeline section between Kovyktinskoye and Chayandinskoye in the third quarter of 2020.

The progress of the Amur Gas Processing Plant is at 58 per cent. Installation of the core equipment of the first and second production trains is nearly finished, and equipment is being prepared for start-up and commissioning. Gas separation equipment is being installed on the third and fourth production trains. The launch of the Svobodny TPP, which has a capacity of 160 MW and will provide the plant with electricity, is scheduled for late 2020.

The Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline is also undergoing an expansion, with 66 of about 390-kilometres of its linear part already built at the section between Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Khabarovsk.

In the Yamal Peninsula, Gazprom plans to bring 52 new gas wells onstream at the Bovanenkovskoye field in 2020. At the Kharasaveyskoye field, the company is beginning to weld pipes for gas collection headers and the connecting gas pipeline stretching to Bovanenkovskoye. Production drilling and the construction of a CGTU and a booster compressor station at Kharasaveyskoye are also expected to begin this year.

Gazprom is also expanding the northern gas transmission corridor, with compressor stations and workshops being set up at the Bovanenkovo – Ukhta 2 and Ukhta – Torzhok 2 gas pipelines. The project for enhancing gas transmission capacities between Gryazovets and the Slavyanskaya compressor station, which is currently being built, are also continuing. Finally, construction is in progress at the LNG production, storage and shipment complex near the Portovaya compressor station.

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