It was highlighted that the creation of gas supply infrastructure for gas grid expansion in Russian regions is a strategic activity of Gazprom.
These works are carried out by the company in cooperation with regional administrations and are based on General Schemes for Gas Supply and Gas Infrastructure Expansion and 5-year programs for gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion.
According to preliminary data, by the end of this period Gazprom:
- will have built 9,830 km of gas pipelines;
will made it possible to supply gas to 1,358 localities;
- gas penetration rate in Russia will grow from 66.2 % to 71.4 % by January 1, 2021.
Gazprom will be responsible for the construction of 24,400 km of gas pipelines (a 2.5-fold increase against the previous 5-year period) and creation of the conditions required for gas supplies to 3,632 localities (a 2.7- fold increase).
The scope of works on the reconstruction and technical upgrade of gas distribution stations will be expanded, which will generate opportunities to supply more gas to the existing consumers and connect new ones.
In addition to that, it is planned to carry out off-grid gas supplies using LNG.
If the programs for gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion in Russian regions for 2021–2025 proceed exactly as planned, Russia's gas penetration rate will reach 74.7 %.
In 35 regions, gas grid expansion will be completed to the maximum extent technically possible.