Far East Gas Pipe Expansion 75% Complete
An expansion project at the Sakhalin-Khabarovsk-Vladivostok (SKV) gas pipeline in the Russian Far East is now over three quarters complete, state-owned Gazprom reported on February 17.
Some 315 km of the 390 km of pipe needed to enlarge the 5.5bn m3/yr SKV pipeline have been laid. The expansion will increase supplies to domestic consumers in the Far East, and potentially facilitate additional sales to China in the future.
SKV was commissioned in 2011 and carries gas from Gazprom's fields off the east coast of Sakhalin island. It currently handles gas from the Kirinskoye field, which started up in 2015 and has a 5.5bn m3/yr design capacity. But in the future it may also carry gas from the South-Kirinskoye, Lunskoye and Mynginskoye fields. South-Kirinskoye is due online in 2023 and should produce 21bn m3/year at its peak.