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

How big is Russian BTU?

Factbook “Gazprom in Figures 2011–2015” gives the following definition of British Thermal Unit (page 91).

1 million BTUs = 0.028 mcm of gas

The same conversion table defines 1 mcm of gas as 1.154 t c.e. (ton of coal equivalent) and puts the calorific value of 1 kg of c.e. at 29.3076 MJ. Knowing this, we can calculate the value of Russian BTU in Joules.

1 million (Russian) BTUs = 947 MJ

One million of standard BTUs converts to about 1055 MJ.

Source: Gazprom in Figures 2011-2015

Therefore, one "Russian BTU" is not enough to raise the temperature of one pound of water from 60° to 61°F at a constant pressure of one atmosphere. Gazprom uses smaller "Russian BTUs" and gets more of them.

P.S. According to the mentioned calorific value, one thousand cubic meters of gas equals to 32.056 million BTUs.

Mikhail Korchemkin

East European Gas Analysis

Malvern, PA, USA


June 23, 2016

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