Gazprom delegation takes business trip to Krasnodar Krai
Today the Gazprom delegation led by Alexander Ananenkov, Deputy Chairman of the Company’s Management Committee took a business trip to the Olympic facilities being built by Gazprom in the Krasnodar Krai. The delegation was composed of Yaroslav Golko, Head of the Gazprom Investment and Construction Department, as well as heads and experts from the Company’s specialized subdivisions.
Taking part in the meeting and visiting the facilities were also heads and experts from Gazprom’s subsidiaries: Gazprom komplektatsiya, Gazprom transgaz Kuban, Gazprom sotsinvest and contracting companies.
Within the business trip a visit was paid to the construction site of the Dzhubga – Lazarevskoye – Sochi gas pipeline near the settlement of Kudepsta. Later on, Alexander Ananenkov chaired a meeting in Sochi dedicated to the progress with the gas pipeline construction.
It was noted at the meeting that the gas pipeline was constructed according to schedule. At present, onshore horizontal directional drilling is underway for the pipeline landfalls near the settlements of Dzhubga and Kudepsta and the town of Tuapse. Similar operations have been completed near the settlement of Novomikhailovsky. The meeting participants emphasized that Gazprom attached particular importance to the environmental issues during the gas pipeline construction.
As part of the trip the delegation visited the Olympic facilities being built by Gazprom in Krasnaya Polyana. There, Alexander Ananenkov held a meeting, at which he was informed that all the operations were performed according to schedule. At present, a foundation of a stadium is being built as part of the combined ski and biathlon complex. A number of facilities of the mountain tourist center are under construction. In particular, the third building of the Polyana Grand Hotel complex is almost ready.
Based on the meeting results, Gazprom’s specialized subdivisions, subsidiaries and contracting companies were entrusted with the tasks aimed at meeting the prescribed construction deadlines for the Olympic facilities.
The Dzhubga – Lazarevskoye – Sochi gas pipeline has been included in the governmentally approved Program of the Russian Federation Government for the construction of Olympic facilities and development of Sochi as a mountain-climatic resort. Gazprom launched the gas pipeline construction in September 2009. The gas pipeline will ensure a reliable electric energy supply to Sochi and the Olympic facilities under construction. It will give a powerful impetus to the gasification of Sochi and the Tuapse District and will significantly cut the energy deficit on the Caucasian coast of the Black Sea. The gas pipeline is to be completed in the second quarter of 2010.
The gas pipeline will stretch 177 kilometers including a 159.5-kilometer offshore section. The pipeline route will run on the Black Sea bottom along the coastal line (around 4.5 kilometers away from the shore) to the Kudepsta gas distribution station near Sochi.
The 530-millimeter gas pipeline will have the annual throughput capacity of some 3.8 billion cubic meters.
Gazprom takes great care of environmental activities during the pipeline construction.
The offshore option of the gas pipeline construction has minimized allocation of industrial, agricultural and forest lands, as well as specially protected natural reservations.
The most suitable coastal line crossing procedure, that is horizontal directional drilling, considerably mitigates the environmental impact on the most vulnerable coastal ecosystems. As a result, it will be possible to avoid interference into the coastal wildlife area.
In November 2007 the Federal Law was adopted “On organizing and holding the 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games and XI Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, developing Sochi as a mountain-climatic resort and amending certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation”. Pursuant to the document, the Russian Government approved the Program for construction of Olympic facilities and development of Sochi as a mountain-climatic resort.
According to the Program, Gazprom is responsible for constructing the following Olympic facilities:
- a combined ski and biathlon complex accommodating 16 thousand people;
- a mountain tourist center;
- the Dzhubga – Lazarevskoye – Sochi gas pipeline;
- the Adler thermal power plant (TPP).
Along with a modern ski stadium, the combined ski and biathlon complex will comprise two motorways, ski race tracks equipped with snowmaking systems, aerial ropeways, a hotel, a cottage zone, as well as energy supply, security and communication facilities. The stadium is to be completed in 2011. The mountain tourist center will embrace mountain ski tracks and ropeways. The center is projected for completion in 2013.