Urdomskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center of Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta marks anniversary

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On December 5, 2017, the Urdomskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center (GPOC), a large company doing business in the Arkhangelsk Region and one of the 14 GPOCs owned by Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta, marked its 45th anniversary. Currently, Urdomskoye services several vital facilities: a section of a six-string gas pipeline, CS-13 compressor station, as well as a complex of systems and installations ensuring efficient gas transmission. The Center’s inception dates back to the mid-1960s, when the Vuktylskoye gas and condensate field was put into production. CS-13 became operational in Urdoma in 1972, connecting the northern and southern sections of the Ukhta – Torzhok gas pipeline. 1975 can be considered the formation year for the Center: it was then that Urdomskoye evolved into a steadily operating company with a well-knit team who was responsible for the Center’s further development: construction of the second string at the Ukhta – Torzhok gas pipeline and additional workshops of CS-13 for the third and the fourth strings. In parallel with operational tasks, social issues were gradually resolved as well.

Urdomskoye GPOC’s team – its main asset and driving force
Urdomskoye GPOC’s team – its main asset and driving force

Urdomskoye GPOC’s team – its main asset and driving force

“Today, the Center continues its efforts initiated in the early 2000s when the significant projects were implemented: construction of the SRTO – Torzhok gas transmission system, revamp of the third workshop, and overhaul of the system’s linear part. We are glad to see that young people join us, which means that we will have enough human resources to carry out the ongoing projects for the construction of the seventh string of the gas pipeline and the seventh shop. I am confident that our team is able to handle the tasks of any complexity,” said Andrey Shabanov, Head of the Urdomskoye GPOC.

Urdomskoye GPOC’s shops, 1982
Urdomskoye GPOC’s shops, 1982

Urdomskoye GPOC’s shops, 1982

At present, Urdomskoye’s team consists of 609 employees assuring safe and uninterrupted gas transmission on a daily basis.

Background

Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom supplying natural gas to consumers in nine regions of northwestern Russia and ensuring gas transit to the CIS and Europe. The gas transmission system operated by the company stretches across Russia’s northwestern areas from the Yamal Peninsula-based Bovanenkovskoye field and Baidaratskaya, the world’s northernmost compressor station, to the country’s western borders.

Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta’s areas of operation cover 15,400 kilometers of gas trunklines. In 2016, the company pumped 166.9 billion cubic meters of gas.

The company has 24 branches, including 14 gas pipeline operation centers, and 44 compressor stations with 85 compressor workshops. Gas transmission is performed by 417 gas compressors with a total installed capacity of 5,874.6 MW, while gas distribution is handled by 174 gas distribution stations. There are also ten CNG filling stations in operation.

Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta adopted the ISO 9001:2008 quality management system and the ISO 14001:2004 environmental management system.

The company employs upwards of 13,000 people. It is headquartered in Ukhta, Komi Republic.

 

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