Gazprom pipelines and export capacity

Газопроводы Газпрома и экспортные мощности

Gas pipelines of West Siberia

Газопроводы Западной Сибири

Export flows of Gazprom

Экспортные потоки

Spot, Gazprom, Brent

Цены на нефть и газ

End-use price of gas

Russia and USA

Daily gas production

Суточная добыча


Uneconomic Russian gas pipelines


Marcel Kramer, head of the South Stream, believes Russian gas pipeline construction plans are driven by economics (South Stream chief seeks EU level playing field, "FT.com, February 4). He says: "Russia has many projects to spend its money on and would not spend it on a pipeline system that might not be economical."

This is not correct. Russia does spend money on gas pipelines that are not economical. Gazprom commissioned one in 2007. The official purpose of the Sokhranovka-Oktyabrskaya pipeline (56in, 310km, 80MW compressor station, total cost more than $1 billion) was to exclude the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory while transporting it to consumers in Southern Russia. Note that Gazprom was paying Ukraine up to $40 million of transit fees a year. The operating expenses of the new billion-dollar bypassing pipeline are much higher than that.

Mikhail Korchemkin

East European Gas Analysis

Malvern, PA, USA

 

February 4, 2011

 

The Financial Times, February 11, 2011

 

 

 


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