Alexey Miller holds conference call marking Oil and Gas Industry Workers Day
Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, today held a conference call marking Oil and Gas Industry Workers Day.
The heads of Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg, Gazprom Dobycha Nadym, Gazprom Transgaz Moscow, Gazprom Transgaz Surgut, and Gazprom Transgaz Samara made operational performance reports at the meeting.
Shorthand record of message delivered by Alexey Miller
I would like to wish you a happy professional holiday in connection with the upcoming Oil and Gas Industry Workers Day.
We all know very well that, no matter what is going on in our country and the world at large, people will always need gas, heat, and electricity.
Today, the global energy industry is facing severe challenges. Nevertheless, Gazprom remains reliable and very durable in its operations. We are fulfilling all of our obligations to consumers.
We are implementing strategic projects in the European part of our country. First and foremost, I would like to highlight our projects in the Yamal Peninsula. There, we are expanding the production capacities of the Bovanenkovskoye field and also preparing the Kharasaveyskoye field for gas production: production drilling has already begun.
We are consistently raising the throughput of the northern gas transmission corridor. New compressor capacities will become operational in the next few months. In parallel, we are designing such gas trunklines as Bovanenkovo – Ukhta 3 and Ukhta – Torzhok 3.
Large-scale efforts are underway in the east of Russia.
At the end of last year, the Power of Siberia gas pipeline came onstream. The gas pipeline is working steadily. Gas supplies to China are going according to schedule, and we are gradually increasing their volumes.
Soon, we will start building the section of Power of Siberia stretching from the Kovyktinskoye field to the Chayandinskoye field. We continue pre-developing Kovyktinskoye and building up capacities at Chayandinskoye.
This year, a new gas trunkline, Power of Siberia 2, entered the design stage. The trunkline is meant to link up gas transmission systems in the eastern and western parts of our country. Needless to say, this will considerably improve our capabilities and will further facilitate gas infrastructure expansion throughout Eastern Siberia.
Moreover, an opportunity might emerge for creating a new export channel to supply up to 50 billion cubic meters of Russian gas per year across Mongolia to China. Quite recently, we signed a Memorandum of Intent with the Mongolian Government to set up a special-purpose company. The company will conduct a feasibility study for the implementation of this project and for the selection of the route.
We carry on expanding the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline by building the section between Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Khabarovsk. More than half of its linear part has been welded to date.
Gas processing is becoming increasingly important for us. We are running two very ambitious projects on a global scale: one in western Russia, namely in Ust-Luga, and the other in the east, i.e. the Amur Gas Processing Plant.
Speaking of the Amur Gas Processing Plant, you are well aware that 30,000 people are currently engaged in its construction. The project is already 66 per cent complete.
As for the project in Ust-Luga, this summer we signed contracts to guarantee feedstock supplies for the complex and product sales for 20 years ahead.
These two projects will definitely propel the Russian gas processing sector into the top ranks of global industries.
Gas infrastructure expansion continues to be an essential social project for us. We are strongly intensifying our efforts in this regard. In August, we began signing five-year gas supply and gas grid expansion programs in Russian regions for 2021–2025. As of now, 14 programs have been signed. Of course, there is a lot to be done in the next five years. First of all, I would like to point out the volume of investment that Gazprom is going to make under these programs. This volume is triple that of the previous five years. Nevertheless, only strict compliance with the assumed obligations on the part of Gazprom and regional authorities will make it possible to fulfill all the goals and objectives outlined in these programs. We need to create new opportunities for further industrial and agricultural development and for improving the quality of life for people, especially in rural areas.
As usual, our professional holiday is also a reminder that the autumn/winter period is approaching. It is the time when our production facilities and the entire infrastructure operate under maximum loads. It is the time when increased attention and responsibility are needed in each area of work. I firmly believe that Gazprom, as always, will pass this test with flying colors.
My dear colleagues,
Gazprom is a huge team that operates as a single well-tuned mechanism, twenty-four seven, both in Russia and abroad. And I would like to thank each and every one of you with all my heart and soul for your professional attitude. Thank you for your work.
I wish you continued success and further achievements. As you see, our work is not getting any easier in this ever-changing environment, but I am certain that we will successfully meet all challenges that are facing us. In fact, we are meeting them quite well.
So, let us soar to new heights and achieve new successes! I wish you, dear colleagues, and your loved ones happiness, good health, prosperity, and all the best!
And, as we say at Gazprom, let us go on with our work.