Yelets – Shchekino gas trunkline commissioned
PR Service, Gazprom Transgaz Moscow
A festive ceremony dedicated to the commissioning of the retrofitted Yelets – Shchekino gas trunkline took place in Sotsialistichesky settlement of the Shchekino District, Tula Region. Taking part in the event were Yury Andrianov, First Deputy Governor of the Tula Region – Chairman of the Tula Region Government and Vyacheslav Mikhalenko, Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Moscow. The gas trunkline is located within Gazprom Transgaz Moscow operating area.
The Yelets – Shchekino gas trunkline (1,220 millimeters in diameter and more than 160 kilometers in total length) commissioning completed the retrofitting of the national North Caucasus – Center gas trunkline system, which secures the transmission of more than 27 billion cubic meters.
Left to right: Nikolai Vashchilov, Head of Tula Line Pipe Operation Center, Vyacheslav Mikhalenko, Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Moscow, Yury Andrianov, First Deputy Governor of Tula Region – Chairman of Tula Region Government at ribbon cutting ceremony
Bringing onstream the final section will enable to double (to 108.2 million cubic meters a day) the throughput of the North Caucasus – Center gas trunkline system at the Yelets – Prishnya section and supply Russia’s central regions and, first of all, the Tula and Moscow Regions and Moscow with additional 1.7 billion cubic meters of gas annually. This is especially important considering the rapid development of central regions. Moscow, the Moscow, Tula and Kaluga Regions that consume natural gas supplied by this trunkline show the annual consumption growth of 5 to 12 per cent.
Investments in the project exceeded RUB 10 billion.
Yury Andrianov, Chairman of Tula Region Government and Nikolai Vashchilov, Head of Tula Line Pipe Operation Center
Gazprom Transgaz Moscow is Gazprom’s wholly-owned subsidiary securing gas supplies to consumers in 14 regions of European Russia, including the Tula Region, as well as natural gas transit to the FSU and other foreign countries. The total volume of the company’s gas supplies amounts to nearly 275 billion cubic meters per annum, with some 90 billion cubic meters supplied to Russian consumers.
The company comprises 24 branches, including 17 line pipe operation centers, 23 compressor stations, 278 gas compressor units, 737 gas distribution stations and dispatch control stations, 23 CNG filling stations. About 13 thousand people are employed in the company.
Gazprom Transgaz Moscow is represented in the Tula Region by the Tula Line Pipe Operation Center located in Shchekino. The Center operates seven gas trunklines (Krasnodar Territory – Serpukhov-1, Yamburg – Tula-2, Gorky – Center, Ostrogozhsk – Belousovo, Yelets – Serpukhov, Tula – Torzhok, Stavropol – Moscow-1, 2) and three gas distribution pipelines (Tula – Shostka – Kiev, Gorky – Center – Serpukhov CS, Yelets – Shchekino) with the total length exceeding 1,638 kilometers. The volume of gas supplied to consumers is above 8 billion cubic meters per annum.
Gas pipelines of the North Caucasus – Center system covered by Gazprom Transgaz Moscow operating area were commissioned between 1956 and 1966.