15 Jun 2018 14:03

Gazprom expects to maintain gas transit through Belarus at 39.3 bcm in 2018-2019 - report

MINSK. June 15 (Interfax) - Gazprom plans to maintain gas transit volumes through Belarus at 39.33 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2018 and 39.29 bcm in 2019, the Russian gas giant said in its annual report.

The contract on gas transit through Belarus in the 2015-2017 period has been extended to the end of 2019. The calculated cost of gas transit through Belarus in 2018 is $360 million.

The operator of the Belarusian gas transmission system is OJSC Gazprom Transgaz Belarus, a company wholly owned by Gazprom. It 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.

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.