Alexey Miller's column
First joint welded of final section of Phase II at Bukhara Gas-Bearing Province – Tashkent – Bishkek – Almaty gas pipeline
“The commissioning of Phase II will almost double the throughput of the Bukhara Gas-Bearing Province – Tashkent – Bishkek – Almaty gas main in Kyrgyzstan. This gas transmission route is of vital importance to meet a growing gas demand in Kyrgyzstan. Particularly, it will secure reliable gas supplies to northern industrialized areas in the Republic.
The construction of Phase II is the first project within the General Scheme of Gas Supply to and Gasification of the Kyrgyz Republic until 2030 generated and implemented by Gazprom.”
“We see that the whole process of gas injection into Ukraine’s UGS facilities is going much slower than it was last year. Back to these days, by the start of the withdrawal season Naftogaz accumulated 16.7 billion cubic meters of gas in its storages. If it carries on like this, Naftogaz will not achieve even the mentioned figure. For the time left, 3.2 billion cubic meters, or 25 per cent of already injected volumes, need to be added extra. We have some concerns about the situation, and the process has to be accelerated. It is crucial to keep a certain amount of gas in storage – it is a prerequisite for the provision of reliable gas supplies to Ukrainian consumers as well as for gas transit to Europe during the upcoming winter period. We believe that it is Naftogaz’s responsibility to cover these issues and, consequently, we are not going to inject our own gas into Ukraine’s UGS facilities.”
“Successful implementation of pipeline projects, for instance, Nord Stream and Blue Stream, mostly hinges on a high level of teamwork among the partners and contractors, such as Saipem. That is why we can already see the great potential of the further cooperation with Saipem under Gazprom’s current and future projects.”