25 Oct 2021 16:26

Gazprom, Mongolia agree route for Power of Siberia 2 pipeline, discuss feasibility study progress

MOSCOW. Oct 25 (Interfax) - Gazprom and Mongolia have agreed on the route of the Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline and discussed progress with a feasibility study for the project, the Russian gas giant said in a press release following a meeting between Vitaly Markelov, its deputy CEO, and Mongolian Deputy Prime Minister Sainbuyan Amarsaikhan, in Ulaanbaatar last week.

"The Government of Mongolia has already taken a number of measures to provide the project with state support. These include quotas for the hiring of foreign labor by the Gazoprovod Soyuz Vostok special-purpose vehicle, as well as the possibilities of using the regulatory frameworks of Russia and Gazprom during design and construction. In addition, the Mongolian Government has made a decision in principle to reserve land plots for the facilities of the gas pipeline," Gazprom said.

"Thus far, Mongolian contractors have completed in due time the required on-site surveys, engineering and environmental mapping, and route analysis for the gas pipeline, including its crossing points with the existing utilities," it said.

The meeting participants agreed upon the routing plan proposed by the special-purpose vehicle for use during the development of the feasibility study," it said.

Gazprom and the Government of Mongolia signed a Memorandum of Understanding On December 5, 2019. The document provides for a joint assessment of the feasibility of the project for pipeline gas supplies from Russia to China across Mongolia.

The feasibility analysis regarding the construction project for the Soyuz Vostok gas trunk-line was approved In April 2021. The Soyuz Vostok gas pipeline will become an extension of Russia's Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline in Mongolian territory.

In the course of the feasibility analysis, the basic technical and technological parameters of the project were established. These include the optimal route for the gas pipeline in Mongolian territory, the pipeline's length and diameter, the working pressure, and the number of compressor stations.

The feasibility study regarding the construction project for the Soyuz Vostok gas trunk-line includes a detailed breakdown of the associated investment and operating costs. The study is being prepared by the Gazoprovod Soyuz Vostok special-purpose vehicle.