The UGSS of Russia
- 168.9 thousand km of gas trunk lines and branches.
- 247 gas pipeline compressor stations.
- 45.9 million kW of capacity.
- 22 underground gas storage facilities.
- The largest gas transmission system in the world.
- A unique complex of gas extraction, processing, transmission, storage and distribution.
- The system has a substantial reliability margin and is capable of uninterrupted gas supplies.
- Gazprom own the UGSS of Russia.
- Gazprom report that the sustainable operation of gas mains is secured through inspection, preventative maintenance and repair.
- Due to the above breakdowns in 2013 totalled only eight compared to 32 in 2002.
- In 2013, 659.4 billion m3 of gas was pumped into the UGSS.
- The capacity is going to be increased to meet the demand of domestic Russian consumers and the international obligations on Russia.
- Gazprom has said that it satisfies all requests from independent gas producers who wish to access the UGSS, unless technical reasons prevent it.
- The Federal Law on Gas Supply in the Russian Federation governs the interaction between Gazprom and other gas producers.
- The above law sets all terms and conditions for granting access to free transmission in UGSS.
- In 2013 Gazprom rendered transmission services to 24 independent gas producers.
- In 2013 the share of independent producers in the gas transmission system was 104.3 billion m3.
- The Russian Federal Tariff Service sets the rate of gas transmission by independent producers through the trunk lines of OAO Gazprom.
Underground gas storage
- UGS facilities are an integral part of the UGSS.
- UGS facilities are situated in key gas consumption regions in Russia.
- The facilities supply Russian consumers with more than 20% of total gas volumes during heating season and 40% in particularly cold periods.
- There are 22 UGS facilities in the Russian Federation with a capacity of 69 billion m3.
- Gazprom also has three UGS facilities in Belarus, making working gas capacity 69.94 billion m3.
- Gazprom hit a record daily withdrawal rate for the history of the UGS of 725.2 million m3/d on 31 January 2013.
- A key objective for Gazprom is the expansion of UGS capacity.
- Gazprom uses European UGS facilities in Austria, the UK, Germany, Serbia and Latvia.
- Gazprom’s storage capacity in Europe grew from 1.4 – 4.5 billion m3 between 2006 and 2013.
- Between 2006 and 2013 Gazprom’s daily deliverable level from Europe increased from 18.2 – 35.7 million m3.
- Gazprom Group has operated the Banatski Dvor UGS facility in Serbia since 2011 with a view to secure reliability for Russia gas exports to Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Gazprom Group and MND Group signed an agreement in March 2013 on a new UGS facility in Damborice, Czech Republic.
- Construction of the above facility will begin this year and commissioning is scheduled for 2016.
- Gazprom Group is conducting feasibility studies for joint UGS projects in the UK, France, Romania and Turkey.
Based on a Q&A with Gazprom.
Adapted by Claira Lloyd
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