Gazprom's delegation pays visit to Khabarovsk
Headed by Alexander Ananenkov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Gazprom’s delegation paid on 23 January a visit to the Khabarovsk Territory.
In the course of the visit Alexander Ananenkov met with Kamil Iskhakov, Plenipotentiary Envoy of the RF President to the Far East Federal District (FEFD), addressing the prospects for cooperation in pursuance of an existing Memorandum of understanding.
Kamil Iskhakov and Alexander Ananenkov convened a meeting with representatives of the executive branch of FEFD’s constituents, discussing a Draft Program on setting up an integrated gas production, transmission and supply network in Eastern Siberia and the Far East with the account of possible gas exports to China and other countries of Asia Pacific (hereinafter the Program).
The parties emphasized that the Program would be a fundamental document for the development of FEFD’s gas industry up to 2030 and gas supplies to far eastern areas, expressing a common opinion that meeting domestic gas demand was a top priority challenge of the Program and Russian gas would continue to be exported via an existing integrated export corridor.
The meeting also heard a Report on the work being done by Gazprom to supply sufficient gas volumes to Russian regions, as stipulated at the RF Government’s 16 December 2005 meeting held in the town of Novy Urengoy.
During the visit Alexander Ananenkov met with Viktor Ishayev, Governor – Chairman of the Khabarovsk Territory’s Government. The meeting addressed issues in relation to the implementation of an Agreement on cooperation between Gazprom and the Khabarovsk Territory.
Special attention was paid to the outlook of the Khabarovsk Territory’s gas transmission system development, as set out in the Program. The parties expressed a common opinion that reliable gas supply to Territorial consumers by existing and projected pipelines could be achieved provided there was a single proprietor of the Territorial gas transmission system. Under the Program, said pipelines will be used for the expansion of the United Gas Transmission System (UGTS) eastwards.
The parties signed a five-year Contract on gas supply to the Khabarovsk Territory.
In pursuance of the Contract, Gazprom and the Territorial authorities will jointly develop and implement an investment project of gas deliveries to the Territory, an energy conservation program and a program aimed at converting motor, railroad, water and aerial vehicles to compressed and liquefied natural gas. The investment project will include:
- a feasibility study;
- a general scheme of gas deliveries and gas infrastructure development;
- Substantiated investments in the construction of gas supply facilities based on a consistent approach to gas utilization embracing gas, heat and power generation markets;
- a viability report for the intensified production of gas chemicals in the Territory.
“The Contract on gas supply to the Khabarovsk Territory is another step towards fulfilling the gas supply tasks set by the Russian Government in Novy Urengoy. On 16 December we first presented a general scheme of gas deliveries and sealed a Contract on gas supply with the Irkutsk region also located in eastern Russia.
Both Contracts are in line with the main principle of the Gazprom-coordinated Program: preferential natural gas deliveries to Russian consumers. In this regard, particular significance is attached to Gazprom’s participation in the development of the Sakhalin offshore and completion of the first stage of the Sakhalin – Komsomolsk-on-Amur – Khabarovsk gas pipeline to be a crucial element of UGTS in eastern Russia”, – noted Alexander Ananenkov.
The Memorandum of understanding between the Plenipotentiary Envoy of the RF President to the Far East Federal District (FEFD) and Gazprom was signed on 7 May 2002. The Memorandum outlines the major principles of long-term cooperation between Gazprom and the Plenipotentiary Envoy of the RF President to FEFD.
Gazprom and the Khabarovsk Territory entered into the five-year Agreement on cooperation on 22 April 2002. The Agreement stipulates the following joint activities:
- intensification of gas consumption in cities and towns, districts and rural areas;
- preparation and implementation of field exploration and development projects;
- creation of an appropriate financial, investment and tax environment aimed at improving the fuel and energy industry efficiency;
- development of capacities utilizing compressed natural gas and LNG as motor fuels, and other joint activities;
At present, Gazprom is not supplying natural gas to the Khabarovsk Territory.
The Komsomolsk-on-Amur – Khabarovsk pipeline will be an extension of the existing Sakhalin – Komsomolsk-on-Amur pipeline operated by Rosneft – Sakhalinmorneftegaz. The pipeline is being constructed in accordance with a Federal Program on gas deliveries to the Sakhalin Region, Khabarovsk and Primorie Territories, approved by the Russian Government in 1999. The construction commenced in 2001. The pipeline length will be 502 km. By 1 December 2005 some 300 km of the pipeline were constructed. The pipeline commissioning is slated for the third quarter of 2006 when first commercial gas is projected to be shipped to Khabarovsk within the Sakhalin-1 project. Daltransgaz is the general contractor for the Sakhalin – Komsomolsk-on-Amur – Khabarovsk pipeline construction. The company was incorporated in 2000 by Rosneft, Rosneft – Sakhalinmorneftegaz, the Property Ministry of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Khabarovsk Territory and the authorities of the Sakhalin Region and Primorie Territory.
In November 2005 Gazprom's experts visited the Khabarovsk Territory and Sakhalin Region for the purpose of scrutinizing existing gas transportation systems, construction progress, technologies and project management along the Sakhalin – Komsomolsk-on-Amur – Khabarovsk trunkline route.
Information Directorate, OAO Gazprom