Alexey Miller and Dmitry Artyukhov discuss current issues of cooperation between Gazprom and YaNAA
A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Dmitry Artyukhov, Governor of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area (YaNAA), took place today at the Bovanenkovskoye field.
The parties expressed appreciation for the large-scale cooperation between Gazprom and the YaNAA. It was noted that the Company is rapidly developing the Yamal gas production center. In late 2018, the Bovanenkovskoye field, considered to be a top priority in the Yamal Peninsula, was brought to its design capacity of 115 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Today, the Company started the full-scale pre-development of the Kharasaveyskoye field.
It was stated Gazprom is the largest investor in the YaNAA. In 2013–2018, the capital investments of the Gazprom Group companies (excluding Gazprom Neft) in the build-up of the regional production capacities amounted to RUB 1.2 trillion. This year, the Group earmarked RUB 196.5 billion for the region.
Gazprom plays a crucial role in the socio-economic development of the YaNAA. The Company’s tax payments to the regional budget grew up to RUB 62.4 billion (versus RUB 55.1 billion in 2017) last year. The total amount of all payments made by Gazprom to the regional and local budgets of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area (including, inter alia, subsidies for indigenous minorities of the North) reached RUB 71.3 billion.
Efforts are in progress to expand the gas supply infrastructure and the NGV refueling network in the YaNAA. In 2018, the Company completed the construction of a gas pipeline to the Severnaya Niva settlement and built a CNG filling station in Novy Urengoy. Another CNG filling station will be created in Noyabrsk.
The main document regulating the cooperation between Gazprom and the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area is the General Agreement. This document is supplemented with annual cooperation agreements between the parties. They have also signed the Memorandum of Cooperation within the Yamal project, the Agreement on wider use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, and the Accord on gas infrastructure expansion.
Gazprom owns two gas filling stations (excluding the filling station built in Novy Urengoy in 2018) and one mobile NGV refueler in the YaNAA.
As of January 1, 2019, the natural gas penetration level in the YaNAA was 48.1 per cent. The regional gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion program until 2021 drafted by Gazprom is pending approval by the YaNAA Government.