In the span of 10 years, Gazprom enhanced the potential maximum daily deliverability of the Russian UGS network at the season's start by 36 % compared to the 2009–2010 withdrawal season. This indicator reached 843.3 million cubic meters, an all-time record for the Russian industry.
Work continues in this area: by the 2030–2031 withdrawal season, it is planned to raise daily deliverability by approximately 200 million cubic meters.
Increasing the flexibility of the UGS system by creating peak storage facilities of relatively small volume but with high deliverability is among Gazprom's key tasks in the area of underground storage for 2020–2030. As UGS facilities created in rock salt deposits provide this opportunity, the Company currently continues expanding the Kaliningradskoye and Volgogradskoye UGS facilities and designing the Novomoskovskoye UGS facility.
As part of UGS network development, Gazprom will soon begin building the Shatrovskoye UGS facility in the Kurgan Region, and the Arbuzovskoye UGS facility is being designed in Tatarstan. The Company's existing UGS facilities are expected to undergo renovations and technological upgrades.
In the future, Gazprom plans to establish new UGS facilities in the Northwestern, Siberian and Far Eastern Federal Districts. At present, geological exploration is underway at several prospective sites.
Gazprom pays special attention to the use of high-tech solutions, namely to increasing well productivity during gas injection and withdrawal, as well as to introducing state-of-the-art domestic equipment.