VLADIVOSTOK, June 23 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian gas monopoly Gazprom and the Far Eastern Primorye territory signed an agreement to develop gas industry in the region at the recent International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg.
The press service of the administration of the Primorye territory told Itar-Tass on Saturday that the agreement covering a period of up to 2015 provides for the creation of capacities for the production of liquefied hydrocarbon gas, liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas and the construction of 196.8 kilometers of leadaway pipelines and gas pipelines connecting villages.
Gazprom will also participate in the socio-economic development of the Primorye territory and the development of its scientific-technological and energy potential. Gazprom will attract local enterprises and organizations to implementing its projects.
“These projects will not only reduce gas costs for ultimate consumers but will also raise living standards in the territory. New jobs will be created and additional tax proceeds will flow into the local budget,” Vladimir Miklushevsky, the governor of the Primorye territory, said.
The first cubic meters were pumped to the Primorye territory on the Sakhalin-Khabasrovsk-Vladivostok gas pipeline early last September. Six out of fourteen boiler units at the Vladivostok thermal power station (TETS-2), all the facilities built for the 2012 APEC summit on Russky Island and the main sources of thermal energy in Vladivostok have switched over to gas. Gazprom plans to build twenty-one gas distribution stations and organize regular gas supplies to 502 populated localities in the Primorye territory by 2030.
The total length of gas pipelines connecting local villages will be almost 3,500 kilometers.