Power of Siberia
Yakutia and Irkutsk gas production centers
Gas production in Yakutia (based on the Chayandinskoye field, gas reserves – 1.2 trillion cubic meters) will evolve as a unified complex with production in the Irkutsk Region (based on the Kovyktinskoye field, gas reserves – 1.5 trillion cubic meters) whose resources will be put into production at the next stage.
Gas transmission system
The Power of Siberia will become a unified gas transmission system (GTS) for the Irkutsk and Yakutia gas production centers and convey gas from these centers to Vladivostok via Khabarovsk.
The Yakutia – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas trunkline will be constructed at the first stage, and at the second stage the Irkutsk center will be connected to the Yakutia center by the gas pipeline.
The GTS route will run in parallel with the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean operational oil pipeline, thus enabling to streamline the infrastructure and power supply costs. The GTS route will pass, inter alia, through swampy, mountainous and seismically hazardous areas.
The bulk of pipes used in the construction will be domestically manufactured. Some 11,700 experts will be engaged within Phase 1 of the Power of Siberia project and some 3,000 employees will ensure the pipeline's operation.
The GTS received its name following the contest results.
Gas resources exploration and gas transmission system formation in Eastern Russia
In October 2012 the Gazprom Management Committee adopted the final investment decision on pre-development of the Chayandinskoye field, construction of the Yakutia – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas trunkline as well as gas processing facilities in Belogorsk.
- length – about 4,000 kilometers (Yakutia – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok – some 3,200 kilometers, Irkutsk Region – Yakutia – nearly 800 kilometers);
- diameter – 1,420 millimeters;
- working pressure – 9,8 MPa (100 Ata);
- annual throughput – 61 billion cubic meters.
The first section of the Power of Siberia GTS – the Yakutia – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas trunkline – will come onstream in late 2017.
Some 3,000 experts will be engaged in operation of gas pipeline and Gazprom’s production facilities in Yakutia
Expansion of Gazprom's business in Yakutia is a strong driver for socioeconomic development of the region. In particular, construction of gas transmission facilities in the region will provide for its further gasification. The Yakutia – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline will run, inter alia, via southern regions of Yakutia. The gas pipeline route was selected so as to convey gas to the maximum possible number of population centers.
In addition, the Yakutia gas production center will raise the employment level of the local population. Some 3,000 experts will be engaged in operation of the gas pipeline and Gazprom's production facilities in Yakutia. Nowadays, the Company provides training for experts, also from Yakutia, at Russian professional educational centers and encourages development of new education programs.
A vast resource base in Eastern Russia, sustained formation of large gas production centers and building of necessary transmission corridors will make it possible to establish there a new Russian gas export center geared to the Asian-Pacific region.
The launch of the Chayandinskoye field pre-development and the project for building the Yakutia – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas trunkline made it possible to start negotiating the eastern route with China in addition to the western route.
May 21 2014 Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company's Management Committee and Zhou Jiping, Chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) signed today a contract to supply pipeline gas from Russia to China via the eastern route. The 30-year contract stipulates that 38 billion cubic meters of Russian gas will be annually supplied to China.