Alexey Miller's column

On switching to the price formula based contracts with pipe producers

“Switching to the contracts based on the price formula means the transparency, predictability and mutual benefit of the long-term cooperation between Gazprom and Russian pipe manufacturers.”

On start of ExpoForum construction in Saint Petersburg

“Knowledge, experience and technology exchange is an impetus to the successful business development. I believe that creation of a modern congress and exhibition center will open new opportunities for Russian and foreign companies. In addition, the ExpoForum construction will play an important part for Saint Petersburg to become a largest business center in Europe. Business tourism will develop more intensely and the city’s socioeconomic level will be higher.”

Alexey Miller driving first pile in foundation of ExpoForum International Convention and Exhibition Center during celebrations in Saint Petersburg

Alexey Miller

On partnership with Serbia

“The Banatski Dvor UGS facility, upgrade of the Pancevo oil refinery and the South Stream gas pipeline will fundamentally improve energy security in Serbia. Cooperation with Gazprom makes Serbia a huge European center for gas transit and storage as well as a significant producer of petroleum products.

This offers new opportunities to Serbia, including the national economy growth and transformation into a prominent player in the European energy market.

In fact, the Banatski Dvor UGS facility commissioning means the launch of the first facility within the South Stream project.”

On gas production in Yamal

“In the short term the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug will remain the largest gas production region of Russia, with the Yamal Peninsula's fields gaining more importance.

The very next year we will launch gas production in Yamal, and we will do this ahead of schedule – a decision has been made to put the Bovanenkovo field onstream in June instead of the third quarter as was previously planned.”

Alexey Miller at meeting of Gazprom and Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (YaNAO) Government regarding Company’s gas production and transmission subsidiaries readiness to supply natural gas to Russian consumers during autumn/winter period of 2011-2012

Alexey Miller

On cooperation with KazMunaiGaz

“This is a good indicator of economic growth. In 2011 Russian gas deliveries to Kazakhstan will grow by 10 per cent as compared to the previous year. Cooperation between Gazprom and KazMunaiGaz is successful and mutually beneficial in all of the areas of the gas business – production, transmission, processing and supply. Our constructive interaction will keep on progressing.”

On natural gas consumption prospects in India

“In 2020 natural gas consumption in India will be 1.7 times more than today. Indian market is very promising for us and we take this into consideration while planning to construct export capacities under the Eastern Gas Program.”

On Russian gas supplies beyond FSU

“Although we are discussing today the issues of shaping a gas market in the East, a market that would be comparable to the European one by gas volumes and significance, the latter has demonstrated record high figures lately. In the last five days the daily consumption of Russian natural gas in Europe has risen by 24.7 per cent versus the previous year. I believe, this is not a limit.”

On the start of commercial deliveries of Russian natural gas through the Nord Stream gas pipeline

During the celebrations dedicated to the commissioning of the first string of the Nord Stream gas pipeline

Gerhard Schroeder, Francois Fillon, Johannes Teyssen, Angela Merkel, Mark Rutte, Dmitry Medvedev, Alexey Miller, Guenther Oettinger, Kurt Bock, Erwin Sellering. Photo by RIA Novosti

“Together with our partners we have successfully made a unique Nord Stream pipeline, which has no analogs in the world. For the first time the Russian and European gas transmission systems are connected directly. Russia, Germany, France and the Netherlands today started commercial deliveries of Russian natural gas through Nord Stream and together guarantee long-term energy security of Europe. Today we start not just the first thread of one of gas pipelines – we open a new export gas-transport corridor.”