VORKUTINSKOYE GAS PIPELINE CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY
On March 12, 2018, the Vorkutinskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center celebrated its 10th anniversary. The branch is the northernmost subdivision of Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta. The operation center was set up in line with Decision No. 46 dated March 12, 2008, issued by a shareholder of Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta, with Alexey Kryukov appointed as the head of the branch.
The center runs its business in the Komi Republic and the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, operating the Bovanenkovo – Ukhta gas trunkline system (GTS), one of the most ambitious and complex projects in the history of pipeline construction. Stretching through permafrost areas, it is Russia’s northernmost gas main. To keep the fragile ecosystem of the tundra undisturbed, the gas pipeline was laid underground, with all of the auxiliary structures built on piles. The branch encompasses the following facilities: the Baidaratskaya compressor station (CS), the Yarynskaya CS, the Gagaratskaya CS, the Vorkutinskaya CS, a support base in the Bovanenkovo settlement, and an emergency response base in Vorkuta. The Baidaratskaya CS, which deals with gas transmission, is the world’s northernmost compressor station. The operation center is the only branch of Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta that operates the four-string 287.2-kilometer underwater crossing in the Kara Sea. By 2017, the overall length of the single-string Bovanenkovo – Ukhta gas trunkline system within the areas serviced by the Vorkutinskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center reached 1,163.329 kilometers.
Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom supplying natural gas to consumers in nine regions of northwestern Russia and ensuring gas transit within and beyond the former Soviet Union. The gas transmission system operated by the company stretches across Russia’s northwestern areas from the Yamal Peninsula-based Bovanenkovskoye field and Baidaratskaya, the world’s northernmost compressor station, to the country’s western borders.
Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta’s areas of operation cover 16,000 kilometers of gas trunklines. In 2017, the company pumped over 179 billion cubic meters of gas. (Source and image: Gazprom)
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