On Alexander Ananenkov and Alexander Tishanin's working meeting
Gazprom’s Headquarters has hosted today a working meeting between Alexander Ananenkov, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom’s Management Committee and Alexander Tishanin, Governor of the Irkutsk Region.
Taking part in the meeting were Vlada Rusakova, Member of Gazprom’s Management Committee and Head of Gazprom’s Strategic Development Department, Boris Nikitin, First Deputy Head of Gazprom’s Gas, Condensate & Oil Production Department and Alexander Karasevich, General Director of Promgaz.
The meeting heard a report by Promgaz on a General Scheme of gas supply to the Irkutsk Region being devised through a consistent approach to natural gas production, processing, transmission and supply to consumers, with the account of the East Siberian and Far Eastern energy market development prospects.
Optimizing the Regional fuel & energy balance and comprehensively utilizing all the hydrocarbon components is a basic principle fixed in the General Scheme. Its implementation will allow the parties to channel gas to 899 localities and bring the Regional natural gas supply level to 82 per cent. As a result, with the Irkutsk Region’s population exceeding 2.5 mln people, natural gas will be used by 2.1 mln residents.
The parties pointed to a high degree of the draft General Scheme preparedness. Currently scrutinized in Gazprom, the Scheme will be forwarded in December to the Region for the review by the authorities and approval by the Legislative Assembly. Handing the project over to the Regional Government implies holding its presentation in the city of Irkutsk.
Alexander Ananenkov and Alexander Tishanin expressed a common opinion on the need to shortly sign an agreement on gas supply to the Irkutsk Region.
Ultimately the parties looked into Gazprom’s plans to build up the resource base in the Region.
Gazprom and the Irkutsk Region’s authorities sealed an Agreement on cooperation in February 2004.
At present, there are no natural gas supplies to the Irkutsk Region.
So far, Gazprom has discovered 11 hydrocarbon fields in the Region, with proved gas reserves accounting for 2.27 tcm. Gazprom is proprietor of two land use licenses in the Region and is involved through its wholly owned subsidiary Irkutskgazprom in geological exploration of the Eastern and Western plays of the South Kovykta area.
The RF Energy Strategy up to 2020 sets the task of establishing and developing new large gas extraction provinces in Eastern Siberia and the Far East.
The initial onshore gas reserves of Eastern Siberia and the Far East total 44.8 tcm (including 32.9 tcm and 11.9 tcm, respectively), which is roughly 19% of Russia’s initial overall resources.
The poorly explored on- and offshore gas resources (by only 8.6 and 5.8 per cent, respectively) of Eastern Siberia and the Far East and existing favorable geological environment point to vast opportunities of building up new reserves for large-scale gas production in this area.
A Gazprom subsidiary, Promgaz specializes in developing comprehensive regional energy saving projects and programs, general schemes of gas supply to the RF constituents, small-sized oil & gas field development projects and coal-bed methane extraction projects.
Promgaz is actively engaged in energy activities of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), provides technical support for Gazprom’s involvement in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and takes part in the Committee 5 Gas Utilization of the International Gas Union (IGU).
Information Directorate, OAO Gazprom