Gazprom Export News http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/?rss=1 Gazprom Export News Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:00:00 +0400 gazpromexport en Preparation Works for Laying the Nord Stream 2 Continue http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2023/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2023/ The first concrete weight coated pipes for the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline arrived by rail at the Port of Koverhar in Hanko, Finland on July 17, 2017. Approximately 200 km of concrete coated pipes will be transported by train to Koverhar port between mid-July and the third quarter of 2017 for temporary storage.

The Port of Koverhar became one of the four logistics hubs to be used for the Nord Stream 2 project. Altogether 30% of the 204,000 pipes needed to construct the pipelines will be stored at Koverhar before being transported to the pipe-laying vessels during construction of the pipeline in 2018.

These consignments of concrete weight coated pipes are produced by ChelPipe in Russia. Pipes from the manufacturer are being transported to Wasco concrete coating plant in Kotka on trains with 63 wagons each carrying three of the 12-metre, 24-tonne pipes. Then the coated pipes are delivered to the temporary storage warehouse at the port of Koverhar.

At another logistics site, located in the port of Mukran on the island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea, the contractors of the Nord Stream 2 AG have since July 13, 2017 begun to apply a concrete coating to the pipes from the Europipe factory in Mülheim an der Ruhr. Currently 39,000 pipes are already at a specially prepared storage area of the Rügen island.

A portion of the finished pipes will be kept at an interim storage facility in Rugen. The remainder will be transported for storage in the Swedish port of Karlshamn. When construction of the pipeline strings begins, the pipes will be transported by the shortest route possible to the pipe-laying vessels.

Read more on Nord Stream 2 AG website.

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Gazprom Exports for the First Half of July Grew by 11% Compared to Last Year http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2022/ Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2022/ According to Gazprom operative data, Russian gas exports to non-CIS countries in the first 15 days of July 2017 amounted to about 7.2 bcm, which is 11% more than in the same period in 2016.

The total volume of Russian gas exports to non-CIS countries in the six and a half months of this year amounted to 102.9 bcm of gas, which is 11.3 bcm or 12.3% higher compared to the same period last year. In particular, supplies to Turkey increased by 22%, to Germany — by 16.7%, to Austria — by 77.2%, to Czech Republic- by 24.8%, to Slovakia — by 25.8%, to Hungary — by 26.6%, to Serbia — by 47.9%, to Bulgaria — by 12.6%, to Greece — by 10%.

Gas supplies in July correspond to the export dynamics of the previous months — May and June, in spite of the current repair works on European gas pipelines.

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Gazprom Exports to Europe Increased by 13.2% in the First Half of 2017 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2021/ Wed, 05 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2021/ In his speech at the annual General Shareholders Meeting held in Moscow on June 30, 2017, Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, noted that the total volume of company’s natural gas exports in January-June of 2017 amounted to 95.7 bcm. Thus, in six months of this year, the volume of exports increased by 10.5 bcm, or 12.3%, compared to the same period last year.

In absolute figures, Germany experienced the biggest increase in gas supplies, being the largest recipient of Russian gas. In the first half of 2017, Gazprom delivered 26.5 bcm of gas to this country, which is 16.7% or 3.8 bcm more than in the first six months of 2016.

Alexey Miller added that over the past year and a half the total volume of Gazprom supplies to the European market increased by 30.4 bcm, which is comparable to the annual capacity of the TurkStream or represents more than a half of the Nord Stream 2 capacity. „This growth occured in just one and a half years”, he stressed.

According to Alexey Miller, Europe continues to be in need of imported gas because of increased demand and falling indigenous production. Foreign partners also note the growing demand for gas in Europe and consequent need for expansion of the gas transportation infrastructure. Therefore, European companies are ready to participate in the projects of new gas trunklines from Russia in partnership with Gazprom.

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50 Years of Russian Gas Supplies to Europe! http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2014/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2014/ This day, June 30, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary since natural gas began its flow from the Soviet Union through the first export gas pipeline — Brotherhood — to Czechoslovakia.

The contract for the construction of the Brotherhood pipeline was signed in December 1964, and just two and a half years later the first gas was delivered to Czechoslovakia. In the second half of 1967, natural gas supplies to the country amounted to 265 million cubic meters and had been growing steadily. The 10 billion cubic meters milestone was passed in 1984, and by the time the country was divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993 the annual volume of natural gas exports from Russia reached almost 14 billion cubic meters.

Over the past half-century, the volumes and the geography of Russian gas supplies have expanded manifold. In 1980, more than 50 billion cubic meters of gas were exported to European countries, and a 100 billion cubic meters milestone was crossed in 1989. Last year, the volume of Gazprom Export supplies to Far Abroad countries amounted to 178.3 billion cubic meters. The total volume of deliveries for half a century has reached over 4.5 trillion cubic meters. Today Gazprom Group supplies natural gas to more than 20 countries in Europe and expands its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Brotherhood pipeline, formerly the first Soviet gas export route, is now part of the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod Central gas transport corridor. For delivery to Western Europe, Gazprom Export also uses newer gas transportation routes — the Yamal-Europe and Nord Stream gas pipelines.

Gazprom continues to ensure the reliability of natural gas supplies to Europe, through new routes and optimizing transport costs. The Northern gas transport corridor, being currently implemented, includes state-of-the-art onshore and offshore gas pipelines of the new generation. Estimated gas delivery costs through the Northern Corridor via the Nord Stream 2 are up to two times lower than the existing Central Corridor, and the pipeline fuel gas costs — and carbon dioxide emissions, respectively — are up to 6 times lower.

Despite all the geopolitical changes that have taken place over these 50 years, Gazprom Group remains a reliable supplier of the vital resource for our partners in Europe and around the world.

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European Gas Transmission System Operators Support Nord Stream 2 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2011/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2011/ Six gas transmission system operators from Germany, Austria and Czech Republic expressed their support of the Nord Stream 2 project in a letter addressed to the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. The authors noted that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will encourage competition on the European gas market and strengthen the security of supply.

In their letter, Gas Connect Austria, Fluxys Germany, ONTRAS, NET4Gas, Gascade and Gasunie Germany also expressed their concerns about the planned European Commission negotiations with Russia on the key principles of the gas pipeline operation. The letter warns that the European Commission’s special approach towards the Nord Stream-2 project, which differs from that to other pipelines, may create legal uncertainty for future projects.

The authors of the letter underlined that investing into onshore part of the pipeline has already begun, and any delay may lead to significant economic damage to these companies and create a hurdle for such investments in the future.

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The Laying of the TurkStream Deep-Water Section Started http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2010/ Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:30:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2010/ The docking of the shallow and deep-water parts of the TurkStream gas pipeline by the Pioneering Spirit Pipeline Layer took place on June 23, 2017 at the Russian Black Sea coast in the presence of the President Vladimir Putin. The docking marks the completion of the shallow-water part of the project and the beginning of works in the deepwater part of the Black Sea.

Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller reported the pipeline parameters and environmental monitoring details to the Russian president, who arrived aboard the pipe-laying vessel. According to Alexey Miller, the construction of the first string of the TurkStream gas pipeline will be completed in March 2018, and the commissioning of both lines is scheduled for 2019.

According to him, TurkStream is already in high demand: “If we talk about the Turkish market, we can see that demand for Russian gas is increasing, even now our deliveries account for 53% of Turkey’s domestic market. Since the beginning of 2017, the growth of supplies compared to the same period of 2016 already amounts to 2 billion 630 million,” said Alexey Miller. — “For Turkey natural gas is the key energy source accounting for 38 per cent in the country’s power generation and used for heating and cooking in over of 12 million households. TurkStream will substantially contribute to energy security of the region”.

Gazprom CEO also noted the growth of energy consumption in the countries of South and South-Eastern Europe. The declining indigenous gas production and the necessity to reduce coal’s share in electricity generation create the potential for sustainable growth in natural gas demand in that part of Europe. From early 2017 to mid-June, compared with the same period last year, the growth of gas supplies to Europe amounted to an additional 10.5 bcm of gas.

 
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Gazprom Signed a Number of Agreements on the Gas Infrastructure Development http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2005/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2005/ Within the framework of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Gazprom Group management representatives held a number of meetings with business partners and European authorities. Among the main discussion topics were the prospects of cooperation in view of the growth in natural gas consumption in Europe and implementation of the Russian gas transportation projects, including the TurkStream and Nord Stream 2 pipelines.

During the working meetings between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and heads of partner companies, it was noted that, like last year, Gazprom continues to increase the volume of pipeline gas exports to the Far Abroad countries. The active growth of demand for Russian gas in Europe was also discussed during negotiations with officials from Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece and Serbia. In particular, Russian gas deliveries to the Austrian market in January-May 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 increased by a record 79.5%. During the first 5 months of 2017, the volume of supplies to Bulgaria increased by 14.5% compared to the first five months of 2016, to Hungary — by 37.3%, to Serbia — by 42.2%. And Greece in May 2017 imported 49% more Russian gas than in May 2016.

During a working meeting between Alexey Miller and Hans-Ulrich Engel, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Wintershall Holding, the participants touched upon the increasing performance of the Nord Stream pipeline. In 2016 the pipeline transported 12 per cent more gas than in 2015. The flow rate in the January—May period of 2017 climbed by 13.5 per cent compared to the previous year. Given the successful operation of the Nord Stream gas pipeline and growing demand for Russian gas in Europe, the parties emphasized the importance of implementing the Nord Stream 2 project. The topic of Nord Stream 2 was also discussed at the working meetings of Alexey Miller with the Chairman of the Management Board of OMV AG Rainer Seele and the Chief Executive Officer of Fluxis Pascal de Bück.

At the meetings, the Group’s management and European companies signed a number of documents in regards to the further development of the gas transportation infrastructure in the south of Europe. For one, Gazprom, DEPA, and Edison inked Cooperation Agreement on southern route for Russian gas supplies to Europe. The document envisages joint efforts aimed at establishing a southern route for Russian gas supplies from Russia to Europe, which will run across Turkey to Greece and further to Italy. The basis for the supplies should be TurkStream pipeline, the laying of its first line has already begun in the Black Sea. Also, Gazprom and OMV signed a Memorandum of Understanding in coordinating efforts aimed at developing the gas transmission infrastructure required for providing natural gas supplies to Central and Southeastern Europe, further expanding the strategic cooperation between the companies.

In addition to the gas transport infrastructure, Gazprom Group pays great attention to the expansion of capacities for natural gas storage in Europe. Thus, within the framework of the SPIEF, Gazprom Export and Srbijagas signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Banatsky Dvor UGS expansion project to increase the daily capacity and active storage volume to 750 million cubic meters.

Also, a number of documents were signed on the implementation of joint projects in the field of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Alexey Miller and Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell, signed the Heads of Agreement to set up a joint venture which will secure financing for and carry out the design, construction and operation of the Baltic LNG plant in the Leningrad Region. The parties also signed the Joint Study Framework Agreement on the Baltic LNG project, which will allow the companies to start developing preliminary project documentation as soon as possible. Beyond that, Gazprom and OMV signed a Framework Agreement to collaborate in the small-scale LNG sector, aimed at implementing a joint integrated construction project for a small-scale LNG terminal in the area of the Russian coast of the Black Sea.

In addition to projects in Europe and the European part of Russia, Gazprom is actively working to attract foreign partners to the construction of the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP). At the SPIEF, Gazprom Group has entered into EPC contract with the Italian Maire Tecnimont Group and Sinopec Engineering Group for the design, procurement and construction of the Amur GPP off-site facilities.

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Haidach UGS celebrates 10 years of successful work http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2002/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:30:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2002/ Today in Austria a festive event on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Haidach gas storage facility operation took place. Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee Alexander Medvedev, Chief Executive Officer of the company-technical storage operator RAG Markus Mitteregger and senior representatives of Gazprom Export participated in the celebration.

The Haidach facility performs a strategic task of securing the reliability of Russian natural gas export supplies in the direction of Baumgarten, thus addressing the needs of consumers in a range of countries, including Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Italy.

The total volume of active gas in the storage amounts to 2.8 bcm, the daily output — 28 mcm (at 20°C). The Gazprom Group companies are the system operators of the whole storage volume.
 

Background

The Haidach storage facility is a joint project of Gazpom Group companies and RAG, which signed Protocol of Intents stipulating the Haidach field conversion and operation as a UGS facility in 2003. In January 2005 the UGS facility construction was launched. The UGS Phase 1 was completed in 2007, Phase 2 — in 2011.
 


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Gazprom Export and Srbijagas sign Memorandum to expand UGS capacity in Serbia http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2000/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/2000/ Elena Burmistrova, Director General of Gazprom Export, and Dusan Bajatovic, Director General of Srbijagas, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the expansion of the Banatski Dvor UGS facility on June 3, 2017, during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017.

Earlier, the Parties came to a principle conclusion on the possible increase of the active UGS volume and daily production. The signed Memorandum provides for the preparation of the technological project and financial feasibility study for the expansion of the Banatski Dvor UGS facility. As expected, the studies carried out within the framework of the Memorandum will allow the Parties to make a final investment decision on the implementation of the UGS expansion project. It is determined that as a result of the expansion the facility will reach an active volume of at least 750 mcm with the withdrawal rate of at least 10 mcmd.

Banatski Dvor UGS, a joint venture of Gazprom Group (51%) and Srbijagas (49%), was commissioned in Serbia in October 2011 at the site of the same-named depleted natural gas field. Active gas volume is currently 450 mcm, maximum withdrawal rate is 5 mcmd and maximum injection rate is 3 mcmd.

Banatski Dvor UGS has continually shown its efficiency as a gas storage facility and compensation means of gas demand fluctuations since the first gas withdrawal season during abnormal frosts in the winter of 2011-2012 and until winter 2017 when gas withdrawal exceeded designed level of 5 mcmd.

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Gazprom Export and GasTerra agreed to terminate the arbitration proceedings http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1980/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0400 http://www.gazpromexport.com/en/presscenter/news/1980/ Gazprom Export and GasTerra have managed to reach a mutually acceptable solution in relation to the contractual price review. The solution foresees a termination of the ongoing arbitration proceedings and will form the basis for the continuation of the constructive long-term cooperation.
 

Background

GasTerra is the main importer of Russian natural gas to the Netherlands. In 2016 Gazprom Export supplied to the country 4.2 bcm of gas (adjusted to the calorific value of Russian gas). Compared to the previous year, this figure grew by 77.1%.
 


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