Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have launched the Power of Siberia gas pipeline, through which gas from East Siberian fields will be transported both to the domestic Russian market and for export to China.
At the first stage, it will be supplied from the Chayandinskoye field of Yakutia in the amount of 5 billion cubic meters. It is planned to increase exports to 38 billion cubic meters by connecting the Kovykta field in the Irkutsk region to the gas pipeline.
“We are starting to supply Russian pipeline gas to China. This step takes Russian-Chinese strategic cooperation in the energy sector to a whole new level,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin during a teleconference.
The head of state noted that over 30 years, over a trillion cubic meters of gas will be delivered to China through the Power of Siberia gas pipeline. In connection with the conclusion of this contract, a high-tech project is launched in the east of Russia unprecedented in its scale. In the difficult climatic conditions of Yakutia, a new gas production center has started from scratch - the Chayandinskoye field, unique in its size of reserves, is being developed.
The first vice-premier of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic Aleksey Kolodeznikov took part in the launch ceremony, who gave the command to start gas from the field site along the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.
According to the Ministry of Industry of Yakutia, the planned gas production by the project by 2024 will amount to 25 billion cubic meters. PJSC Gazprom completed filling the gas pipeline with gas from the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia. Gas was brought to the border station in the Blagoveshchensk area. The linear part is prepared for the start of pipeline deliveries of Russian gas to China. The Chayandinskoye field with reserves of more than 1.4 trillion cubic meters is the base for the Yakutia gas production center.
“Today, about 2 billion cubic meters are mined in the republic. gas. This year alone, growth will be more than 30% with the start of gas supplies to China in December. The Power of Siberia will give an impetus to the development of Yakutia in several areas,” said Maksim Tereshchenko, Minister of Industry and Geology of the region.
The growth in the supply of the Yakutia gas production center is an increase in tax deductions, additionally, new jobs. Upon reaching its design capacity, it is expected that the number of Gazprom divisions in Yakutia will exceed 2 thousand people by 2024. Today, almost 90% of Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk employees are residents of the republic. Further dynamics in this issue is also expected from Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk. Therefore, in the region it is necessary to train personnel with an appropriate level of qualification, to develop the material base of educational institutions, the source said.
Maksim Tereshchenko drew attention to the fact that the construction of a gas pipeline, taking into account the availability of the railway, makes it possible to implement new industrial projects in the Aldan and Neryungri districts. In the future, involvement of adjacent fields in the Lensky district is not ruled out. The implementation of these tasks requires serious joint work with PJSC Gazprom.
More than 6,600 houses in 30 settlements of the Lensky, Aldan, Olekma and Neryungri districts will have the opportunity to conduct gas. This is an opportunity to transfer 90 boiler houses, industrial and agricultural enterprises to a more environmentally friendly and economically viable fuel.
“Now we are discussing the timing of the implementation of these projects with the company. Funds for designing a number of facilities have already been provided for in the budget of the republic,” the minister added.
In the social sphere, it is planned to build four modern sports and fitness centers in Lensk, Aldan, Yakutsk and Chulman. In addition, the company provides support in various areas: the acquisition of playgrounds for municipalities in the Neryungri, Aldan and Olekma districts, as well as the financing of charity projects.