Today the town of Krasnoznamensky of the Kaliningrad region has hosted the inauguration of the first phase of the Krasnoznamenskaya compressor station, which includes two gas pumping units and supporting infrastructure.
Attending the ceremony were Gazprom’s delegation led by Bogdan Budzulyak, Gazprom’s Management Committee Member and Head of the Company’s Gas Transportation, Underground Storage and Utilization Department, Sergey Bulychev, Infrastructure Development Minister of the Kaliningrad region, Yury Lastochkin, Director General of the Saturn Scientific & Production Association, representatives of Lentransgaz and building companies.
“Being of particular importance for Gazprom’s network of compressor stations, Krasnoznamenskaya will play a crucial role in sustainable gas deliveries to the region. The station commissioning will allow Gazprom to fulfill its commitments to boost gas supply to the Kaliningrad region and increase the annual amount of gas transmitted by the Minsk – Vilnius – Kaunas – Kaliningrad gas pipeline,” stated Bogdan Budzulyak.
The Minsk – Vilnius – Kaunas – Kaliningrad gas pipeline capacities are being expanded in line with the Federal Targeted Program on the Kaliningrad Region’s Development up to 2010. The Program also stipulates constructing the 63-km-long looping via Lithuania and upgrading the Shakyai gas metering station and other gas supply infrastructure.
In 2004 Gazprom provided the Kaliningrad region with 636 mln m? of gas and roughly the same amount is slated for this year. Pursuant to a Board of Directors’ resolution, Gazprom together with Beltransgaz and Lietuvos Dujos will devise a plan of measures to boost gas deliveries to the Kaliningrad region and build an underground gas storage depot.
The Krasnoznamenskaya compressor station has been constructed within the record short term of seven instead of scheduled eighteen months, with Lentransgaz and Lengazspetsstroy acting as the project customer and general contractor, respectively.
When fully operational, Krasnoznamenskaya will have a total of four gas pumping units manufactured by the Saturn Scientific & Production Association.