Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok – tested by nature
Friday, Mar 28, 2014

In one of our photo essays (One day in life of Gazprom headquarters) we mentioned that the global energy company operated simultaneously in all the time zones. “The work for Gazprom is a twenty-four-hour business,” specified the Company’s CEO Alexey Miller.

Let’s make sure of it once again. We invite you to take another fascinating trip to the Far East of our vast country. This time we are hospitably met at production facilities of the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas trunkline.

It is worth mentioning right now that this gas pipeline is the first processing facility of such kind in Russia’s East. This interregional gas transmission system made it possible to supply Sakhalin gas to large industrial consumers in two Far Eastern regions – the Khabarovsk and Primorye Territories. Photo: the Sea of Okhotsk coast, the Sakhalin Island.

Besides, the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline commissioning made it possible to start a large-scale gasification of Russia’s East. In 2013 alone Gazprom financed the design and construction of more than thirty gasification facilities in the Far Eastern regions. There are also enabling conditions for developing the gas processing sector there. Photo: Khabarovsk.

It is also highly important that now Russia has a chance to export pipeline gas to Asia-Pacific countries and enhance its positions in the local liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets. In the picture you can see a 3D model of the Vladivostok LNG project. An LNG plant, which is to be constructed near Vladivostok, will be fed from the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline.

Although the Far Eastern climate is harsh and the infrastructure is deficient, the 1,800-kilometer gas pipeline with the diameter of 1,200 millimeters was constructed in record-breaking time – the construction started in mid-2009 and the first operational stage was commissioned in September 2011. The existing Komsomolsk-on-Amur – Khabarovsk gas pipeline is a part of Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok.

In Sakhalin the majority of the gas pipeline facilities may be reached only by cross-country vehicles or helicopters – the land here is marshy.

“Since late 2011, when the gas pipeline was brought onstream, one cross-country vehicle has already passed 25 thousand kilometers. It’s more than a half of the equator,” says Alexander Perminev, Head of the Severo-Sakhalinskaya production site of the Sakhalin Line Pipe Operation Center, Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk.

The pipeline route avoided specially protected natural areas as much as possible, therefore there is plenty of fauna species in this area. While taking pictures of the fascinating Sakhalin nature, our photographer left the group and went a bit deeper into the forest. The local, who was accompanying us, started worrying immediately: it’s possible to meet a bear here. According to him, foxes are so used to people that if they notice anyone, they may approach and sit down at a distance waiting for a treat.

Source: Gazprom

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