Gazprom will start pre-developing the gas deposit of its Chayandinskoye field, constructing the first section of the Power of Siberia gas transmission system (GTS), and creating a gas processing and helium complex in the Amur Region in 2015.

The Power of Siberia gas transmission system is intended for gas delivery from the Irkutsk and Yakutia gas production centres to the Russian Far East and China. The approximately 4,000 km pipeline will be 56 inches in diameter, with an annual throughout of 61 Bcm/a.

It is planned to launch gas production from the Chayandinskoye field in late 2018, by which time the top-priority section of the Power of Siberia GTS from Chayanda to Blagoveshchensk and primary gas processing capacities will be brought on-stream. This will make it possible to initiate direct gas supplies to China in line with the obligations of the contract.

The comprehensive plan also stipulates test oil production from the Chayandinskoye field in 2014 and pilot production in 2015. The oil supplies into the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean oil trunkline are scheduled for late 2017.

“The whole potential of Gazprom is engaged today. Our aim is the East. Our aim is China. Let’s set to work!” Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee Alexey Miller said recently.

The imported gas will mainly supply China’s Northeast, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, and the Yangtze River Delta regions, helping meet increasing clean energy demand, improve air quality, optimize energy utilisation, diversify energy imports, and drive the development of relevant industries along the pipeline.

The move comes after Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation signed the contract for the Russian pipeline gas supply to China in late May. The 30-year contract stipulates gas supplies amounting to 38 Bcm/a, and is one of the largest global investment projects. $US55 billion will be invested in the construction of production and transmission facilities in Russia, with an extensive gas infrastructure network to be set up in Russia’s east.