Gazprom’s exports from Arctic reach record-high numbers

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The Russian natural gas now accounts for as much as 34,7 percent of the European market, the biggest share ever. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters)
As Gazprom this months celebrates its 25-years anniversary, it can record a historical high in natural gas exports. In a meeting with President Putin last week, company CEO Aleksey Miller confirmed that exports in 2017 amounted to 194,4 billion cubic meters, the company’s biggest annual volume ever.

According to Miller, the 2017 result is 90 percent higher than the result in 1993, the year when Gazprom was privatised. The biggest part of the export growth – as much as 30 percent – has comes over the last three years, Miller told Putin.

The Russian natural gas now accounts for as much as 34,7 percent of the European market, the biggest share ever. And volumes are likely to continue to grow, Miller argues. With new export pipelines North Stream-2 and the TurkStream, more natural gas can be sold to European consumers.

The Arctic constitutes an increasingly important priority for Gazprom. In 2017, the company’s flagship project in the region, the Bovanenkovo field in the Yamal Peninsula, produced as much as 82,8 billion cubic meters of gas. And more is to come. By year 2020, the company intends to produce an annual of 115 billion cubic meters at the field, Prime reports

Yamal a priority for Gazprom

According to Aleksey Miller, the company’s so-called Yamal Center is becoming the most important priority for the company. Huge additional reserves are added to the resource portfolio. Only the regional Tambey fields hold an estimated 7,7 trillion cubic meters, Miller told the President.

Gazprom previously estimates its potential natural gas exports from Yamal to up to 360 billion cubic meters.

In 2017, the company’s total production amounted to 471 billion cubic meters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Russian gas giant Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller during a state awards ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow in 2017. (Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images)

Gazprom was originally established in 1989. It originates from the Soviet Ministry of Gas Industry, and became the Soviet Union’s first state run corporate enterprise. On 17th February 1993, Gazprom became a joint stock company. It is majority owned by the Russian government.

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