Moscow, March 14 - Neftegaz.RU. A working meeting took place between Vladimir Putin and Alexey Miller. CEO of Gazprom briefed the President on the Gazprom’s main accomplishments in 2018 and its plans for 2019, paying particular attention to the Program for gas infrastructure expansion in Russian regions.
In 2018, Gazprom produced 497.6 billion m3 of natural gas. This figure exceeds the 2017 result by 5.7 %, or by 26.6 billion m3. Russian domestic gas supplies increased by 12.8 billion m3, or 5.5 %.
Specifically, supplies to private consumers and for utility needs rose by 4.3 %, to the power industry by 9.5 %, to agrochemical companies by 13 %, and to the metals industry by 18.5 %. Russian gas deliveries to Europe grew as well. It was hit another gas exports record of 201.8 billion m3, an increase of 3.8 %, or 7.4 billion m3, from 2017.
The demand for Russian gas grew at an accelerated pace in Germany. The demand rose by 9.5 % last year, and supplies to Germany totaled 58.5 billion m3. Based on the results for 2018, the share of Russian pipeline gas in the European market was 36.7 %.
By the upcoming 2019–2020 autumn/winter period, Gazprom plan to ensure that the UGS facilities have the potential maximum daily deliverability of 843.3 million m3 of gas.
Last year, Gazprom brought onstream the 3rd gas production facility at Bovanenkovskoye. Its gas reserves total 4.9 trillion m3. The field is expected to produce gas until 2128. It has reached its design production capacity of 115 billion m3 of gas. Now, it can produce 317 million m3 of gas per day in winter.
The company created new gas transmission capacities to transport gas from Yamal. In the northern corridor, was brought the Ukhta-Torzhok 2 gas pipeline into operation. The northern corridor is becoming the main and most important route for supplying gas to Russian consumers, distributing gas within the country, and exporting it abroad.
Last year, Gazprom built 2 strings of the TurkStream offshore gas pipeline ahead of the deadline. Another crucial event was the commissioning of a LNG regasification terminal in the Kaliningrad Region.
In 2019 Gazprom is going to bring TurkStream into operation, with 31.5 billion m3 of gas to be supplied via its 2 strings. Within the northern corridor, additional capacities will be built between Gryazovets and the Slavyanskaya compressor station. This, in turn, will allow to supply gas into Nord Stream 2 and to consumers in the Leningrad Region.
On December 1, 2019, Gazprom will start exporting gas to China from the Chayandinskoye field. The start of gas supplies to China will become a historic event. Last year, gas consumption in China grew by 17.5 %, and it is the most dynamic and fast-growing natural gas market in the world.
Last year, over 2,000 km of gas pipelines were built in Russia, bringing gas to 272 settlements, upwards of 49,000 households, and 210 boiler houses. As of January 1, 2019, the average gas penetration level in Russia was 68.6 %: 71.3 % in cities and towns and 59.4 % in rural areas.
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