Gazprom’s board of directors took note of the information on the implementation of a socially oriented and profitable system of gas infrastructure expansion and gas supply to meet the needs of the population.
It was noted that the expansion of gas infrastructure is Gazprom’s most socially ambitious project. The Company continues to implement the instructions of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, to accelerate further expansion of the gas network in localities already supplied with gas, as well as to gradually complete the expansion of gas infrastructure in Russia.
The meeting reviewed the preliminary results of the work undertaken to this end in 2021. Gazprom is actively implementing the gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion programs in Russian regions for 2021-2025. Since the start of 2021, the Company has constructed 78 gas pipelines extending approximately 1,400 kilometers and created the conditions to bring gas to households, apartments and boiler rooms in 156 localities.
In September 2021, the Russian government approved regulatory acts for further expansion of the gas network. The documents describe, among other things, the rules for connecting households to the gas distribution networks as part of the additional efforts to expand the gas network, the procedure for engaging consumers and the timelines for this program. The appropriate legislative changes have been drawn up taking into account the proposals put forward by Gazprom.
Currently, Gazprom and the constituent entities of the Russian Federation continue to collect requests for gas connection in localities already supplied with gas. To date, over 350,000 applications have been received from across the country.
Consumers can request a gas connection through several channels: for example, through Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Group’s customer centers and multifunctional centers, through federal or regional government service portals, or the dedicated website of the sole gas operator. expansion of infrastructure in the Russian Federation https://connectgas.ru/. The platforms of the Gazprom Mezhregiongaz group and of the sole gas infrastructure expansion operator operate in a one-stop-shop format. In addition to submitting files, they allow users in particular to make an initial calculation of the cost of constructing networks within the perimeter of a site, to purchase equipment using gas (boilers, gas stoves, gas meters) and place an order for its installation.
Based on consumer demands, proposals from single and regional operators for the expansion of gas infrastructure, technical capacities of gas transport infrastructure and other parameters, the constituent entities of the Russian Federation have developed and finalized plans, asset by asset, for further expansion of the gas network. The Russian government has recommended regions to approve these documents by October 1, 2021.
The Management Committee was tasked with continuing work on the implementation of a socially oriented and profitable system of gas infrastructure expansion and gas supply to meet the needs of the population.
The board of directors also approved the long-term development program of Gazprom (Gazprom Group) for 2022-2031. In addition, the meeting reviewed and took note of the information on the possibility for Gazprom to switch to tax control in the form of tax surveillance.
According to the instruction list of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, dated May 31, 2020, the expansion of gas infrastructure in Russia is to be completed in stages by 2024 and 2030, and residential consumers do not must bear no expense for connections to the gas distribution networks.
On April 30, 2021, the Russian government, in accordance with the instructions of the country’s leaders, approved the action plan (roadmap) for the implementation of a socially oriented and profitable system of gas infrastructure expansion and gas supply to serve the needs of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Among the important novelties foreseen by the document is the introduction of the role of “single operator of gas infrastructure expansion”.
In June 2021, a number of important amendments were introduced in Federal Law No. 69-FZ on gas supply to the Russian Federation. In particular, the concepts of a single gas infrastructure extension operator and a regional operator were established in the said document. The Russian government has been vested with the power to designate the sole operator for gas infrastructure expansion, cooperation programs between parties to gas network expansion activities, and works supervision programs.
In July 2021, the Russian government appointed Gazprom Gazifikatsiya (created by Gazprom Mezhregiongaz and Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye) as the sole operator of gas infrastructure expansion and approved the list of territories under this sole operator, which includes 66 entities. constituent parts of the Russian Federation. Federation and Federal Territory Sirius.
The single operator will build pipeline branches, gas distribution stations, inter-colony gas pipelines and gas distribution networks to the boundaries of the land, thus allowing the construction of gas facilities to be largely synchronized. extension of gas infrastructure, achieve considerable optimization of construction costs, and significantly reduce the time required to connect consumers to gas distribution networks.