Putin in Russian gas capital

Nov 20, 2001 01:00 AM

President Vladimir Putin arrived in Novy Urengoy, one of the biggest and most developed industrial hubs of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area, situated in Western Siberia. This city is called the Russian gas capital by right. The Russian leader will hold a meeting on the development of the country's gas industry and will familiarise himself with every-day life of gas workers.
Right after his arrival at the airport, the head of state boarded a helicopter and departed for the Zapolyarny gas deposit, recently put into operation. Then, the Russian CEO will visit a complex gas treatment plant, will see the gas flare, the dehydration shop, the regeneration shop and the installation control centre.
Following this visit, Putin will go to a township of gas workers under construction where he will see a hostel. Then, the president will return to Novy Urengoy by helicopter. He will visit a general secondary school in the city, and will hold a meeting on the development of the country's gas sector.

Gas firms, operating in Novy Urengoy, are responsible for production of over 70 % of all Russian gas. The locality concentrates some 30 % of the industrial potential of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area. While developing the Urengoy deposit, gas workers drilled 2,000 wells, put into operation 19 complex gas and gas condensate treatment plants, a facility for preparing condensate for piping and two oil-fields. More than 4,000 bn cm of gas were received from this deposit in the past two decades.

Novy Urengoy has a population of 100,000, 70 % of whom are engaged in the economy. The average monthly pay in industry totals 22,800 roubles, while public sector workers receive 5,800 roubles. At the same time, the situation on the labour market is aggravated in connection with uncontrolled migration of population to areas of the Extreme North. This results in rising crime and in an increase in the number of needy people. The city officially registered 660 jobless people.

Source: Itar-Tass
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