Alexey Miller's column

On Vasily Podyuk

“Mr. Podyuk is a real gas worker, people like him are pride and glory of the world’s gas industry. He took part in developing the Vuktylskoye field in the Republic of Komi and was among the pioneers who entered the Yamal Peninsula in the mid-1970s. He supervised pre-development and bringing of the giant Zapolyarnoye field to the projected capacity and the launch of the Achimov deposits and coalbed methane development in Russia. Mr. Podyuk is characterized by broad thinking, rich experience, an intelligent and systematic approach to any complex assignment. There is no doubt his track record, both personal and professional, will serve as an example for many generations of gas workers to come.”

On natural gas supplies in the strategic eastern direction

“Gazprom’s abundant resource base in Western Siberia, to be subsequently accompanied by the new gas production center being formed in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), enables to meet the long-term demand for Russian natural gas in Asia-Pacific countries. There is no need to engage additional gas resources for this purpose from other eastern regions of Russia, namely, from the Kovykta gas and condensate field in the Irkutsk Oblast.

Gazprom is consecutively developing in Russia’s Far East the gas production infrastructure that will create a favorable environment for natural gas supplies in the strategic eastern direction. Upon completion of the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas transmission system (GTS) we are going to set to the Yakutia – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok GTS construction in 2012. This will ensure successful gas supply to southern regions of the Far East and will help develop natural gas exports (both by pipeline and by sea) to Asia-Pacific countries, inter alia, through establishing gas liquefaction and compression capacities in the Primorsky Krai.”