Gazprom to increase operating gas reserve in Russian UGS facilities to 66.28 billion cubic meters by forthcoming winter
The Gazprom Management Committee reviewed the performance of the Company's subsidiaries over the autumn/winter 2011–2012 period (from October to March) and measures required for uninterrupted gas supply to consumers in the autumn/winter 2012–2013 period.
The meeting highlighted that Gazprom Group had secured a sustainable gas supply to Russian consumers as well as export gas deliveries.
For reliable operation of the Unified Gas Supply System (UGSS) in the autumn/winter 2012–2013 period the Management Committee tasked the specialized structural units and subsidiaries with the following assignments:
- stockpile at least 66.28 billion cubic meters (by 1 billion cubic meters more than in 2011) of operating (marketable) gas reserves in Russia's underground gas storage (UGS) facilities by the beginning of the next withdrawal season;
- implementing the Basic Guidelines on preparing Gazprom's subsidiary facilities for operation during the autumn/winter 2012–2013 period;
- performing scheduled preventive maintenance and repair work at gas production, transmission, underground storage and processing facilities; preparing transportation vehicles and specialized equipment for winter operation.
In 2011 Gazprom performed the full scope of the scheduled preventive maintenance and repair operations at the UGSS facilities.
Gazprom commissioned infrastructure facilities to produce gas and gas condensate from the Valanginian deposits of the Zapolyarnoye field (it is projected to annually produce around 6.5 billion cubic meters of gas), a comprehensive gas treatment unit of the Nydinskaya area in the Medvezhye field (projected output is 2 billion cubic meters per annum), three booster compressor stations – at the Urengoyskoye, Vyngayakhinskoye and Komsomolskoye fields (total projected output is 94 MW). Besides, 120 gas and condensate wells were constructed.
Intensive activities were carried out to develop the UGS system in Russia. In particular, the Sovkhoznoye, Stepnovskoye, Kasimovskoye, Nevskoye, Kaluzhskoye and Kushchevskoye UGS facilities as well as the Kanchurinsko-Musinsky UGS Complex were retrofitted and expanded. The Kaliningradskoye and Volgogradskoye UGS facilities were under construction in salt caverns. As a result, new working gas capacities of around 1.3 billion cubic meters in total were commissioned and new wells and gas compressor units (total projected output is 36 MW) were connected. Besides, Gazprom launched construction of the large Bednodemyanovskoye UGS facility last year.
The conducted work made it possible to boost the total potential of the UGS system. UGS facilities played a critical role in securing reliable gas supplies to consumers during the abnormally cold period of February 2012. In particular, the daily withdrawal rate of 638.7 million cubic meters of gas was reached on February 2, thus hitting the record in the entire Russian UGS history. The peak withdrawal rate from Russian storages made up 33.7 per cent of gas consumption in Russia or 37 per cent of gas consumption within the Unified Gas Supply System.