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The participants of the meeting assessed the gasification potential of each region of Siberia, and also discussed measures to increase the availability of a clean energy source for citizens and improve the environmental situation.

Victoria Abramchenko and Alexander Novak at a meeting on gasification of the Siberian Federal District

Deputy Prime Ministers Victoria Abramchenko and Alexander Novak held a meeting on gasification of the Siberian Federal District. Anatoly Seryshev, Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Siberian Federal District, as well as the heads and representatives of the regions of the district, the Ministry of Energy of Russia and other federal executive authorities, PJSC Gazprom and LLC “Gazprom Mezhregiongaz”, a number of scientific and other associations.

Increasing the availability of natural gas in the constituent entities of the Siberian Federal District is one of the most important tasks for the entire region, Victoria Abramchenko emphasized during the meeting. It was noted that the Siberian Federal District has a high potential for the extraction of hydrocarbons, especially natural gas. With the current total production level of about 17 billion cubic meters of gas per year, the potential demand for gas in the regions can reach 22 billion cubic meters. m. In 2021 alone, the demand for gas in the Siberian Federal District increased by 15%. At the same time, the total resource base for this environmentally friendly energy source here reaches 8 trillion cubic meters. m.

“The problem of air quality in many regions is connected not only with industrial emissions, but also with the use of coal for heating. We regularly receive complaints from citizens in connection with the so-called black sky. For cities with a high level of air pollution, the issue of gasification and alternative sources is especially acute,” Victoria Abramchenko emphasized.

Currently, the regions of the Siberian Federal District are actively involved in the current federal program of gasification and post-gasification, representatives of the regions participate in a meeting of the regular federal headquarters, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak noted. “There are issues of gasification of regions that do not have main gas, these are the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Irkutsk Region. Special attention is being paid to this area,” he added.

At the same time, there are a number of regions that are distinguished by a high supply of natural gas, among them the Omsk and Novosibirsk regions, it was noted by the meeting participants. Currently, most regions of the Siberian Federal District have approved gasification programs until 2025, under which more than 100 billion rubles will be invested in gasification. As a result of the implementation of these programs, it will be possible to connect about 60 thousand households in 140 settlements. In addition, the regions are actively participating in the after-gasification program until the end of 2022, initiated by the United Russia party and supported by the President of Russia. Within its framework, natural gas, at the request of residents, is supplied free of charge to the boundaries of the site in settlements already connected to gas.

To date, about 52 thousand applications have been received throughout the Siberian Federal District, according to which 6.2 thousand applicants have already been connected to the gas network. As the head of the Irkutsk region Igor Kobzev said at the meeting, by April 1 this year the region will approve its own gasification program, which includes gasification of five districts of the region. At the same time, the formation of the fuel and energy balance of the Krasnoyarsk Territory will be completed by the beginning of March, its representative said.

Speaking about potential sources of natural gas for the Siberian Federal District, the meeting participants noted the need to work out options for monetizing gas reserves in Eastern Siberia, as well as gasification of regions, in particular the Krasnoyarsk Territory, with the participation of the potential Power of Siberia-2 gas pipeline project.

“It is necessary to find a scenario in which the gasification of the regions of the Siberian Federal District will be cost-effective. At the same time, it is important to maintain an integrated approach when resolving the issue, to consider the prospects for gasification of the regions, taking into account the overall potential of the district,” Alexander Novak also noted.

As a result, the participants of the meeting were given a number of instructions, including to study the possibility of gasification of the Irkutsk region at the expense of the resource base of the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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