Vorkutinskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center celebrates anniversary
PR and Media Relations Service,
Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta
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On March 12, 2018, the Vorkutinskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center celebrated its 10th anniversary. The branch is the northernmost subdivision of Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta.
The operation center was set up in line with Decision No. 46 dated March 12, 2008, issued by a shareholder of Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta, with Alexey Kryukov appointed as the head of the branch.
The center runs its business in the Komi Republic and the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, operating the Bovanenkovo – Ukhta gas trunkline system (GTS), one of the most ambitious and complex projects in the history of pipeline construction. Stretching through permafrost areas, it is Russia’s northernmost gas main. To keep the fragile ecosystem of the tundra undisturbed, the gas pipeline was laid underground, with all of the auxiliary structures built on piles.
The branch encompasses the following facilities: the Baidaratskaya compressor station (CS), the Yarynskaya CS, the Gagaratskaya CS, the Vorkutinskaya CS, a support base in the Bovanenkovo settlement, and an emergency response base in Vorkuta. The Baidaratskaya CS, which deals with gas transmission, is the world’s northernmost compressor station.
The operation center is the only branch of Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta that operates the four-string 287.2-kilometer underwater crossing in the Kara Sea. By 2017, the overall length of the single-string Bovanenkovo – Ukhta gas trunkline system within the areas serviced by the Vorkutinskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center reached 1,163.329 kilometers.
The branch operates the gas pipeline using lightly-manned technologies. The total number of its staff members is above 800. The average age of employees is 39 years, and 82 per cent of them work under a rotation system in the conditions of the Extreme North. Their camps have everything required for comfortable living and leisure – canteens, gyms, fitness rooms, saunas, and lounges.
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.
Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta adopted the ISO 9001:2008 quality management system and the ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system.
The company employs upwards of 13,000 people. It is headquartered in Ukhta, Komi Republic.