Alexey Miller's column

On the launch of the Adler TPP construction

“The Sochi District desperately needs new generating capacities. By 2014 energy consumption in Sochi will rise up to 1,000 MW. The Dzhubga – Lazarevskoye – Sochi gas pipeline opens the way for creating modern power stations that are vitally required for the intensively developing region. With the commissioning of the new gas pipeline and the Adler TPP, the Krasnodar Krai will have new opportunities for economic growth and living conditions improvement both for the Sochi citizens and for the visitors of this unique region.

The timely and simultaneous launch of two projects by Gazprom is a clear and convincing evidence of the benefits derived from vertical integration and synergy of the adjacent sectors – the gas and the energy ones. Thus, the synergy effect we have always been talking about is becoming tangibly useful for a key Russian region.

Construction of the Adler TPP is another proof of the fact that Gazprom is nowadays the most effective and reliable investor in the Russian power generation sector. We are sure that Gazprom will successfully meet the assumed obligations and the TPP will be commissioned within the prescribed deadlines according to the Olympic facilities construction schedule. Sochi is beloved for the sun, sea and mountains. Gazprom will supply Sochi with additional energy, heat and light!”

Alexander Tkachev and Alexey Miller

Alexander Tkachev and Alexey Miller

On the launch of the Dzhubga – Lazarevskoye – Sochi gas pipeline construction

“The Dzhubga – Lazarevskoye – Sochi gas pipeline is a substantial contribution of Gazprom in the preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, a unique event in Russia’s history. The new gas transmission thoroughfare will ensure a reliable electric energy supply to the host city of the Winter Olympic Games as well as gas supply to the Olympic facilities under construction. Additionally, the gas pipeline construction will give a powerful impetus to the gasification of Sochi and the Tuapse District and will cut the energy deficit on the Caucasian coast of the Black Sea. The gas pipeline will be constructed as soon as possible.

Wide usage of natural gas will become a cornerstone for the clean energy in the region, which is a most climatically attractive and, therefore, a most cherished area of the country.”

Alexey Miller

Alexey Miller

On a unique bridge crossing over the Yuribey River

“The new railroad thoroughfare designed to connect Yamal’s fields with the transportation infrastructure of northern Ural, will become a crucial component of the national strategic project – the Yamal Peninsula’s fields development. The year-round delivery of cargoes, equipment and workforce to develop Yamal will enable to rapidly form on the Peninsula a new gas production province of a fundamental importance for Russia’s gas industry development over the next decades.

The bridge crossing over the Yuribey River, a part of the Obskaya – Bovanenkovo railroad, was constructed by Gazprom within the shortest time possible under the harsh natural and climatic conditions. This is a unique construction unparalleled in the global practice of bridge building. The crossing with the length of approximately four kilometers is the longest bridge beyond the Polar Circle. Its operating life accounts for 100 years. The crossing is yet another demonstration of the remarkable technical performance and high safety margin in Gazprom’s facilities on Yamal. Their construction involved cutting-edge technologies and provided for a continuous environmental concern for this northern region.”

Alexey Miller

Alexey Miller

On Gazprom’s power generation business development

“At present, Gazprom Group is implementing a consecutive large-scale program for the construction of new energy capacities and reconstruction of the existing ones, applying state-of-the-art technologies. Nowadays, Gazprom makes the most efficient investments into Russia’s power generation and is determined to develop this business. TGC-1 alone is going to commission over 1,600 MW of new capacities until 2013.”

Valentina Matvienko and Alexey Miller

Valentina Matvienko and Alexey Miller

On the Dzuarikau – Tskhinval gas pipeline

“Construction of the vitally important Dzuarikau – Tskhinval gas trunkline was performed on a tight deadline. I am sure that from this moment the national economy will start to recover at a rapid pace.”

Meeting with the Valdai Club participants

“My opinion is that Gazprom has bright prospects. I will name several factors that give us a clear insight into the future state of the energy market. According to the United Nations, by 2025 the Earth’s population will rise by 25 per cent and reach 8.5 billion. As you know, the main contributors are likely to be China, India, Brazil, and Indonesia. These are the countries with intensively developing economies accompanied by the rapid processes of industrialization, urbanization and growing energy consumption per capita. As for the European Union, natural gas production in Europe by that time will drop approximately by 30 per cent, while gas consumption rates will keep increasing.

Actually, these are only forecasts, but I hope you will agree that the trend is absolutely clear. Therefore, we are optimistic about the future. Gazprom has become a global company and a leader on the global energy market. I think Gazprom will further reinforce its stance in the mid- and long-term”.

“We have been supplying natural gas to Europe for more than 40 years now. Gazprom is known as a reliable supplier, which always meets its obligations in full and in due time, and we value this reputation. Be sure that we will continue running the business in this manner. This is our credo.”

Alexey Miller (center) meeting with Valdai Club participants

Alexey Miller (center) meeting with Valdai Club participants