MOSCOW, May 18. /TASS/. Gazprom has built more than 93% of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline section from the Kovykinskoye field (Kovykta) to the Chayandinskoye field (Chayanda), which is about 793 km, the company said in press release following a meeting between Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller and governor of the Irkutsk region Igor Kobzev.
"The construction of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline's section stretching from Kovyktinskoye to the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia is in its final stage: about 793 kilometers of the linear part - more than 93 per cent of the section's length - has been welded, laid, and backfilled. This includes works within the Irkutsk Region, which are 98 per cent completed," the company said.
The company added that the development of the Kovykinskoye field is going in compliance with the schedule: the construction readiness of the top-priority comprehensive gas treatment unit exceeds 70%.
"Currently, Gazprom continues to build production wells, install steel structures, and weld pipelines. The company and the authorities of the Irkutsk region are currently looking into the possibilities of building gas transmission infrastructure so as to increase the number of districts to be reached by the gas grid," according to the press release.
"Moreover, the Company and the region are collecting applications for additional gas grid expansion - bringing pipeline gas to the boundaries of households within localities already covered by the gas grid. In the Irkutsk Region, this option is available to consumers in the city of Bratsk," the company said.
The supply of gas from the Kovyktinskoye field to the Power of Siberia gas pipeline is scheduled for the end of 2022.
The Kovyktinskoye field is the largest in the east of Russia, its recoverable gas reserves are 1.8 trillion cubic meters. The field is the base for the Irkutsk gas production center and a resource base for the Power of Siberia gas pipeline along with the Chayandinskoye field in the republic of Yakutia.