Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said the company is making preparations for the first pipeline supplies of Russian gas to China via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline. Efforts for filling up the pipeline with gas from the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia are going according to schedule, with start-up and commissioning operations undergoing at the field’s core facilities, Gazprom said on 11 October. Drilling of 176 gas production wells is completed, as the work is progressing ahead of schedule. Production drilling is in full swing at the Irkutsk Region-based Kovyktinskoye field, which will start feeding gas into Power of Siberia in early 2023, Gazprom said in a press release. According to the Russian gas monopoly, drilling of 176 gas production wells is completed, as the work is progressing ahead of schedule. Production drilling is in full swing at the Irkutsk Region-based Kovyktinskoye field, which will start feeding gas into Power of Siberia in early 2023.

An important link in Power of Siberia’s gas supply chain will be the Amur Gas Processing Plant, one of the largest in the world, Gazprom said, adding that the core equipment of the GPP’s first two production trains is nearly assembled, with works underway on the third train.

Expansion is being carried out at the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline section between Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Khabarovsk. Large-diameter pipes are being transported to the welding stations along the pipeline’s route for the purpose of welding double-jointed segments, the press release read.

Gazprom said the company is systematically developing the Yamal gas production center, which is major and strategically important on a national scale. The sixth and final booster compressor station is being prepared to be brought onstream along with new production wells at the Bovanenkovskoye field. Pre-development of the Kharasaveyskoye field continues.

According to Gazprom, the operations in Yamal are synchronized with the ongoing expansion of the northern gas transmission corridor. Compressor capacities are being built within the Bovanenkovo – Ukhta 2 gas pipeline. A new compressor workshop is being prepared to come onstream at the Ukhta – Torzhok 2 gas pipeline. The Bovanenkovo – Ukhta 3 and Ukhta – Torzhok 3 gas pipelines are at the design stage. Welding is nearly over at the 880-kilometer-long linear part that is planned to go into operation this year as part of the project for expanding gas transmission capacities in the northwestern region between Gryazovets and the Slavyanskaya compressor station (CS), Gazprom said, adding that start-up and commissioning is taking place at the CS, which is the starting point of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.