Vuktylskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center celebrates 50th anniversary
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On April 30, the Vuktylskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center commemorated its 50th anniversary.
This branch of Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta played an important role in the company’s inception and development. The exploration of the Vuktylskoye gas and condensate field and the construction of the Siyaniye Severa gas pipeline not only launched Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta, but also ushered in the era of “big gas” in the north of European Russia.
Pursuant to the Gas Industry Ministry’s Order dated April 30, 1968, the Komigazprom Directorate set up the Regional Directorate of Gas and Condensate Pipelines. This date is considered the official birthday of the Vuktylskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center.
The first gas from the production sites was fed into the main facilities of the Vuktylskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center on August 10, 1968. The Siyaniye Severa gas pipeline was tested at the Vuktyl – Ukhta section and the first string of the Vuktyl – Ukhta gas pipeline was put onstream.
Today, the Vuktylskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center is one of the 14 gas pipeline operation centers owned by Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta. The Center maintains the gas transmission system that pumps gas from the Vuktylskoye gas and condensate field and gas deposits in Western Siberia. The branch takes over the transmission responsibilities from Gazprom Transgaz Yugorsk on the border between Asia and Europe, the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area and the Komi Republic, at the Pelenyor Pass of the Ural Mountains (291.6-kilometer point), and, in turn, hands them over to the Sosnogorskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center (447.5-kilometer point), another branch of Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta.
The Vuktylskoye Center’s facilities include the Vuktylskaya compressor station (CS-3), the Dutovo gas distribution station, the CNG filling station in Vuktyl, an auxiliary power station, and a nitrogen and oxygen production station.
The Center employs over 500 people ensuring uninterrupted and unfailing gas supplies to consumers. Operational goals are met by means of adopting new technologies that help ensure a high level of safety with great savings of resources and energy, cost reductions and better operational efficiency.
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 within and beyond the former Soviet Union. 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 16,000 kilometers of gas trunklines. In 2017, the company pumped over 179 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 418 gas compressors with a total installed capacity of 5,890 MW, while gas distribution is handled by 174 gas distribution stations. There are also ten CNG filling stations and three mobile refuelers in operation.
The company employs upwards of 13,000 people. It is headquartered in Ukhta, Komi Republic.