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First LNG supply to Kaliningrad by 2018

LNG Industry,

The Gazprom headquarters hosted a meeting dedicated to increasing the security of gas supply to the Kaliningrad region.

Gazprom is performing large scale activities aimed at securing reliability and boosting gas supply to the consumers of Russia’s exclave. In 2009, Gazprom doubled the capacity of the Minsk-Kaliningrad gas pipeline to 2.5 billion m3/year and also expanded the Krasnoznamenskaya compressor station.

In September, the company commissioned the first phase of the Kaliningradskoye Underground Gas Storage (UGS) facility with a capacity of 52 million m3 and maximum daily delivery capacity of 4.8 million m3.

Meeting attendees adopted the Action Plan for Securing Reliable Gas Supply to the Kaliningrad region. Work is expected to be done in two main areas:

  1. Creating an alternative route for natural gas delivery.
  2. Expanding gas reserves of the existing UGS facility.

The possibility of delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) by sea will significantly increase the energy security of the region, taking into account its unique geographic location (Kaliningrad is an exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea, separated from the rest of Russia).

Gazprom will build an LNG regasification terminal on the Baltic coast, which will be linked to the existing gas pipeline near the Kaliningradskoye UGS facility. This will enable gas to be supplied to customers in the Kaliningrad region and to be fed into the underground storage at the site.

Currently, a number of options are being considered for the exact location of the terminal. The first supply of LNG to the terminal is expected in late 2017. At present, LNG is imported from the global market to the region, however with the completion of the Baltic LNG project, imports will be replaced by domestic natural gas.

“Gazprom is solving the issue of a national significance in the Kaliningrad Region. Nowadays, a transit gas pipeline running via other countries delivers gas to the Region, but when the regasification terminal is built and the existing UGS capacity is extended, the Kaliningrad energy security will be increased by many times. At least during two months the gas supply to the Region may be fully autonomous. It is particularly important that along with additional gas volumes there will be an environment for boosting the regional industry, creating new jobs and supporting an intensive socio-economic growth,” said Gazprom chairman, Alexey Miller.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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