Gazprom successfully completes Olympic investment program
After playing a pivotal role in the success of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the Olympic venues built by Gazprom continue to make a significant contribution to the further development of Sochi as a year-round resort.
In 2007, the Company was put in charge of constructing a number of Olympic facilities, namely:
The whole energy, transportation and sports infrastructure was built on schedule, ensuring the successful delivery of the XXII Winter Olympic Games and the XI Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi.
The Adler TPP and the Dzhubga – Lazarevskoye – Sochi gas pipeline constructed by Gazprom have proven essential to energy supplies throughout the Winter Olympics and beyond, delivering gas across the Black Sea coast of the Krasnodar Territory. The Adler TPP has become a key energy asset for Sochi and adjacent areas. It is a high-tech generating facility with the power unit efficiency of 52 per cent, the power capacity of 360 MW, and the heat capacity of 227 Gcal per hour. Dzhubga – Lazarevskoye – Sochi is the first offshore gas pipeline designed to provide Russian consumers with gas. The 171.6-kilometer pipeline has an annual throughput of some 3.8 billion cubic meters. With a view to use the pipeline to its fullest, the additional capacities of the Krasnodarskaya compressor station (CS) were brought onstream.
The Biathlon and Ski Complex located in the mountains near Krasnaya Polyana was completed on time as well. Russia’s first modern facility of this kind, the Complex is situated in the highlands at an altitude of 1,430–1,600 meters above the sea level. There is a 4-kilometer biathlon track, two ski tracks (5 kilometers long each), and a range of training tracks available. The biathlon and ski stadiums with viewing platforms placed along the tracks can accommodate about 10,000 spectators. The facilities were successfully tested at an international level in 2013 when the Complex co-hosted the world biathlon and skiing championships, including the ones for Paralympians. At the 2014 Olympics, top-level competitions took place at the stadiums.
Gazprom’s Mountain Tourist Center (MTC) includes a number of hotels that can house a combined total of over 1,000 people. The Center’s ski tracks, which vary in difficulty, span more than 15 kilometers. In 2013, the local transport infrastructure was greatly expanded. Among other things, the second line of the Psekhako II cableway linking the foot of the Psekhako Ridge to the main facilities at the top was put in operation, thereby doubling the cableway’s capacity.
There is also another transport system – a 3S cableway. It is one of the world’s longest cableways, exceeding 5,000 meters in length and transporting up to 3,000 persons per hour in each direction.
An Olympic Village for skiers and biathletes was built in the mountains. It can accommodate 1,100 persons. A part of the complex, namely a gated community for 260 people, housed competing athletes even before the Olympics, in the winters of 2011–2012 and 2012–2013. During the Games, Olympians had an opportunity to get ready for the competitions under the best possible conditions.
We also take pride in the fact that the Gazprom Group’s employees and their family members participated in the 2014 Olympic torch relay, the longest national relay in the history of the Olympics.
On February 7, 2014, the Olympic Flame was lit at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi. The Russian team’s triumph at the XXII Winter Olympic Games and XI Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi can be credited in part to the Gazprom Group.
Gazprom’s Olympic venues after 2014 Winter Olympics
The energy, sports and infrastructure facilities built by Gazprom for the Winter Olympics are still actively used and evolving.
The energy facilities – the Dzhubga – Lazarevskoye – Sochi gas pipeline and the Adler TPP – that were brought onstream before the Olympics are in normal operation. The facilities gave a boost to the region’s energy security.
The hotels in Gazprom’s Mountain Tourist Center in Krasnaya Polyana have been receiving guests for several years. The Polyana 1389 hotel complex, which opened before the Olympics, is also available. In summer, Krasnaya Polyana’s visitors can enjoy go-karting, have a guided tour around the Olympic venues, and rent a bike. Gazprom’s Mountain Tourist Center provides opportunities for hiking, riding and car tours with special routes. The Center also offers sports equipment hire, instructor services, etc.
The biathlon stadium is used as a training ground for biathletes and ski racers all year round. The stadium hosts, inter alia, summer biathlon competitions and roller ski training sessions in summer, as well as national and international biathlon and ski race competitions in winter.
In addition to the sports, transport and utility infrastructure, a number of tourist, services and entertainment facilities were put in operation before the Olympics. Among them is the Galaktika community and cultural center. It includes an ice rink, a waterpark, three cinema halls, a children’s interactive learning club, a congress hall, coffee shops, and restaurants.