Alexey Miller's column
“Yes, the progress is obvious, but it's still too early to speak of exact figures and parameters. We'd rather speak about a common view of the gas cooperation issues. Yesterday, we decided to appoint another working meeting with our Ukrainian friends before the end of this week.”
“Today we are getting ready to produce a major package of documents. It includes a new contract for gas supplies to Belarus to be enacted on January 1, 2012 and supported by an intergovernmental agreement on price and tariff formation principles; an intergovernmental agreement and a purchase and sale agreement for a 50 per cent stake in Beltransgaz.”
“We are having a very constructive dialogue with our Belarusian partners. There are all prerequisites for completing the negotiations and signing a new contract in early December this year.”
“Gazprom keeps supporting Russian pipe manufacturers in a sustainable way. We will be committed to this principle when implementing our new ambitious projects and we are ready to give priority to domestic products. However, the priority will be granted only if the domestic products fully comply with our requirements to the price and quality and sustain competition with their foreign counterparts.”
“The Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok GTS is a key element of the Unified Gas Supply System being built in eastern Russia. Gazprom has built the GTS first startup complex at a record pace of only two years and in strict compliance with the deadline set by the Russian Government.
The GTS allows for supplying natural gas to major industrial consumers in several Far Eastern regions simultaneously. It has triggered large-scale gasification of Russia’s Far East and created conditions for gas supplies to Asia-Pacific.
In 2012 Gazprom will launch construction of the Yakutia – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas transmission system that will boost the reliability of gas supplies to the Far East.
I am confident that everybody in the Far East will soon feel the benefits of natural gas for the economic development and the improvement of living conditions.”
“Nord Stream has a special significance for meeting the growing gas demand of the European market. It will be the first direct link between the world's largest natural gas reserves located in Russia and the European gas transmission system. The project is progressing strictly according to the schedule, and first commercial gas supplies via the first string of Nord Stream will soon reach the European Union. The entire gas volume to be supplied under the project is already contracted by major international energy companies. The commissioning of Nord Stream, the longest offshore gas trunkline worldwide, is a milestone in the global gas industry history.”
“Of course, after the merger with Gazprom, Naftogaz Ukrainy will cease to exist as a legal entity. After a termination period, when all the formalities are completed, an absolutely new company will operate on this market. Owing to this, all the existing agreements will be revised.”
We are broadcasting this conference call from the Management Committee Hall at 16 Nametkina Street, Moscow. Members of the Management Committee, general directors of subsidiary companies and heads of structural units are present here.
Dear colleagues, on the threshold of our professional holiday – Oil and Gas Industry Workers Day – we have received a congratulatory message from the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev.
“Dear friends, esteemed colleagues!
On behalf of Gazprom’s Management Committee and my personal behalf, I cordially congratulate you on Oil and Gas Industry Workers Day!
At present, Gazprom is a leading global energy company.
In 2010 the Company boosted natural gas output by 47 billion cubic meters versus 2009. This trend is expected to continue this year as well.
The Company keeps building up its unique resource base. Since 2005 hydrocarbon reserve additions have exceeded production volumes.
In parallel with building up reserves, Gazprom is active in establishing new gas production centers. The comprehensive development of Yamal, the Arctic shelf, Eastern Siberia and the Far East will be one of the brightest pages in the history of the national gas industry of the 21st century and will have fundamental significance for Russia’s development in the decades to come.”