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Gazprom's 30th Anniversary: Vitaly Markelov Shares Plans for Gazprom’s Anniversary Year

In an interview for the Gazovaya Promyshlennost Journal, Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom’s Management Committee, speaks about the highlights of the past year and shares plans for 2023, Gazprom's anniversary year.

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Looking back on the past year, could you please tell us about the main challenges faced by the production units and Gazprom as a whole? What kind of a head start did it get for its anniversary year?

Gazprom's number-one mission is to supply gas to consumers in Russia, and it has of course remained the same through 2022. Traditionally, the company faces the important task of replenishing the gas withdrawn from its underground storage facilities in the preceding season to cover the coming autumn and winter. As always, we lived up to the task and provided the required stock for the winter of 2022−2023.

Gazprom places great emphasis on developing projects in the east of the country. Last year, the company continued its preparations to bring the Chayandinskoye oil and gas condensate field in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) up to design capacity. The Kovyktinskoye field in Irkutsk oblast coming on stream, with its deposits being unique in terms of geological complexity and reserves volume, was a momentous event for the company in 2022.

Gas supplies to China via the Power of Siberia pipeline hit new all-time highs during the past year, including December. How is the Far Eastern Route gas supply project coming along?

In 2022, Gazprom and the China National Petroleum Corporation signed a long-term sales and purchase agreement to supply natural gas via the Far Eastern Route, which will increase the volume of Gazprom's gas supplies to the PRC by 10 bcmpa. Besides, the Soyuz Vostok gas pipeline is in the engineering phase. It will be an extension of the Power of Siberia-2 gas pipeline into Mongolia. We are talking about yet another route for Russian pipeline gas to reach China.

Gazprom is scaling up its operations in the Russian Far East. Could you tell us about the priorities for this part of our country and the outlook for its development through the prism of the company's projects?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has set the task of accelerating the expansion of gas supply infrastructure across the Russian Far East. We have a colossal amount of work to do in a short period of time. The Eastern Gas Programme was originally designed to lay the energy “foundation” for the further economic and social development of Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East. Gas supply and infrastructure expansion programmes are currently underway in the Far Eastern and Siberian Federal Districts, covering Amur, Irkutsk, and Sakhalin oblasts, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Khabarovsk Krai, and Primorsky Krai. 

Read the full interview (in Russian) in the Gazovaya Promyshlennost Journal, issue 1, 2023.

16 February 2023

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