10 Jul 2018 16:02

Russian gas transit via Belarus up 3% in Q1

MINSK. July 10 (Interfax) - Russia's Gazprom increased gas transit via Belarus 3% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2018 to 11.4 billion cubic meters, the Russian gas giant's wholly owned subsidiary Gazprom Transgaz Belarus, which operates the Belarusian gas transportation system. said in a statement.

Gas supplies to domestic consumers rose 7.6% to 6.6 bcm.

The Gazprom Transgaz Belarus supervisory board looked at the company's performance in Q1 at a meeting on July 9.

Gazprom planned to transport 39.33 bcm of gas via Belarus in 2018 and 39.29 bcm in 2019. Gas worth 360 million will be transported via Belarus in 2018.

Gazprom Transgaz Belarus operates 7,900 kilometers of trunk gas pipelines and pipeline branches, 13 compressor stations, 26 gas distribution stations, seven gas metering stations and 27 natural gas vehicle filling stations, as well as three underground storage facilities: Osipovichskoye, Pribugskoye and Mozyrskoye.

Gazprom Transgaz Belarus is also the operator of the Belarusian segment of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline: 575 kilometers of the pipeline and five compressor stations.

Around a quarter of Russia's transit gas goes through Belarus. Aside from Yamal-Europe, which handles about 85% of gas transit through Belarus, there are a number of other transit routes to Poland and Western European countries (about 70% of total volume) and to Ukraine, Lithuania and Kaliningrad region.