The FINANCIAL — The Gazprom headquarters hosted a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company's Management Committee and Vasily Golubev, Governor of the Rostov Region.
As Gazprom announced, the parties reviewed the progress with the Cooperation Agreement, in particular, the regional gasification issues. The meeting noted that the Company had channeled some RUB 3 billion to the regional gasification between 2002 and 2011. As a result of the collaboration between Gazprom and the Rostov Region Government, the gasification level in the region rose by 20.3 per cent – up to 79.5 per cent. The average gasification level in Russia stands at 63.2 per cent.
In 2012 Gazprom began constructing three inter-settlement gas pipelines and completed another six inter-settlement gas pipelines. Two of them connected to the Zavetnoye and Kilselevka settlements of the Zavetinsky District, will be commissioned on December 29, 2012. Till now, the Zavetinsky District remains the last non-gasified area in the Rostov Region.
The parties discussed the issues of the large-scale construction of Sothern Corridor – the gas transmission system (GTS) that, inter alia, would run via the Rostov Region. It is planned to build in the Region a 646 kilometer line pipe section (393 kilometers – along the Western Route, 253 kilometers – along the Eastern Route) as well as the Shakhtinskaya and Salskaya compressor stations. Construction and installation operations started at the line pipe section of the Western Route. Gazprom and the Rostov Region Government set up a joint working group responsible for the project management.
The meeting also addressed the issues of natural gas use as a motor fuel. At the moment, Gazprom is elaborating a feasibility study for the construction of four compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations in the region. Moreover, the Company submitted a draft Program for Expanding Regional CNG Filling Stations Network for consideration by the Rostov Region Government.