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MOSCOW, October 10 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom and the government of Moscow plan to sign a treaty on cooperation for further development of mutually beneficial economic, scientific and technical interaction.
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and Moscow City Mayor Sergei Sobyanin confirmed interest to the effect during their working visit on Monday.
“The sides discussed implementation of the cooperation agreement. They also considered topical aspects for the further development of the infrastructure, which supports gas and electricity supplies to Moscow’s consumers,” the Gazprom Information Department said.
Now, Moscow is Russia’s biggest consumer of natural gas, the Information Department stated, adding that Gazprom supplies about 27.5 billion cubic metres of gas to the city’s consumers a year.
In order to guarantee higher stability of gas supplies to the city, the monopoly carries out works for the reconstruction of the Moscow regional ring gas pipeline, increase of the capacities of the underground gas storages, service gas pipelines and compressor stations.
For instance, the gas trunk line from the Kasimovskoye underground gas storage facility to the Voskresensk compressor station was commissioned in 2009. The fulfilment of the project made it possible to increase the gas supply stability of the Moscow city and region in the winter period.
In addition, one of Russia’s biggest regional power generating companies Mosenergo commissioned four new power units with a total capacity of 1,770 megawatts over past four years, which made it possible to guarantee more stable electricity supplies to residents of the city and the region.
The cooperation agreement between the gas giant and the government of Moscow was signed in April 2002. The treaties on cooperation were signed between the sides in 2002-2005 and 2007.