Low levels of gasification in the Far East and a lack of infrastructure to support the use of liquefied natural gas
The level of gasification in Russia stands at 71%, but I would also like to note that, according to various estimates, the level of gasification in the Far East is between 19 and 24%. Five out of eleven regions in the Far East do not have pipeline gas. Coal generation accounts for 70% of the energy mix for heat generation in the Far East, and we are all aware of the issues arising from this — Gadzhimagomed Huseynov, First Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.
The foundations for the development of gas supply and gasification in the Far East are now in place, with the creation of a backbone of main gas pipelines. Full-scale gasification in the Far East began in 2008, but a lot of work clearly remains to be done in order to accelerate gasification in the Far Eastern regions over the next ten years — Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Member of the Board of Directors, Gazprom.
We are looking at the issue with Gazprom and are already taking the first steps towards using LNG as well, but there is still the issue of infrastructure. Very expensive equipment, gas-handling facilities for the network, regasification and storage are all needed. We also need to change the boilers in the heating plants and create an entirely new infrastructure — Pyotr Pak, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Amur Region.