99 Percent of Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok GTS Line Welded

July 12, 2011
Gazprom's group of experts led by Alexander Ananenkov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee finished a business trip to the Far East.

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk hosted a meeting on creation of the priority gas transmission facilities in the Far East as part of the state-run Eastern Gas Program implementation.

Shaping of the Unified Gas Supply System in Eastern Russia creates the required conditions for sustainable socioeconomic development, growth in commercial output, gasification development, wealth and environmental improvement in a number of the Far Eastern regions.

A high degree of readiness of the key facilities within the first Far Eastern Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas transmission system (GTS) was highlighted in the course of the meeting. By now, 1,333 kilometers (99 per cent) of the 1,350 kilometer long linepipe have been welded as part of the first startup complex, 1,277 kilometers have been trenched and buried. The sections constructed by now are being tested making 400 kilometers of the linepipe so far. Simultaneous efforts are being taken to construct operations bases for the Amur, Khabarovsk and Primorsky Line Pipe Operation Centers.

The equipment has been fully mounted at the Sakhalin main compressor station with hydraulic testing of the gas supply lines performed. Preparations are underway to receive gas and launch the gas pumping units.

Over 1,500 heavy construction machinery units and some 4,000 constructors with 1,200 of them being residents of the Far Eastern Federal District are engaged in construction of the GTS facilities.

Shortly after finishing tests of the linear part Gazprom will start feeding gas into the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline. In September 2011 natural gas will be delivered to Vladivostok including the 2012 APEC Summit venues on the Russky Island.

Based on the meeting results, specific tasks were given to ensure timely implementation of the Company's investment projects in the Far East.

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