MOSCOW, November 10 (Itar-Tass) — Gazprom has begun construction of a major underground gas storage, Bednodemyanovskoye, the company’s information department reported on Thursday.
“The storage will be one of Russia’s major objects for gas storage and will become a basic storage for compensation of seasonal consumption of gas in the central part of the country, including in periods of anomalous cold,” the source said. “Besides, the underground storage will be used for export supplies of gas, including those to be transported by Nord Stream.”
Bednodemyanovskoye underground gas storage will be constructed at the border between the Penza Region and Mordovia. The plans include construction of a pump station with a capacity of 30 mega watts, systems for gas preparation and gas accumulating stations, drilling and activation of 127 working wells. The storage will go operational in several stages. The underground gas storage will go operational by the autumn-winter season of 2019-2020.
Underground gas storages make an integral part of Russia’s United system of gas supplies. They are situated in major regions of gas consumption. Russia’s network of underground gas storage provides up to 20 percent of gas supplies to consumers during heating periods. During sharp cold snaps the share reaches 30 percent. The Russian Federation has 25 objects of underground gas storage, where Severo-Stavropolskoye is the biggest one. Gazprom’s one of strategic tasks is expanding capacities of underground gas storages.