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Gazprom plans to sink 103 gas wells at Chayandinskoye this year.

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Gazprom Provides Update on Export Projects

Russia's Gazprom provided updates on its key investment projects on September 11, including the Chayandinskoye gas field in Eastern Siberia that is shipping gas to China via the Power of Siberia.

Chayandinskoye was brought on stream in December last year but will take several years to reach its full 25bn m3/yr capacity. Gazprom plans to sink 103 gas wells at the site this year and build a gas pre-treatment unit, GPTU-2, and a membrane unit for helium concentrate extraction. Work will also wrap up this year on a capacity expansion at the CGTU-3 operational gas treatment unit, which feeds into Power of Siberia

Production drilling is also underway at the Kovyktinskoye field, which will also pump gas into Power of Siberia. A site is also being cleared for the construction of that field's first gas treatment unit. Gazprom has said before that Kovyktinskoye should start up by the end of 2022.

Preparations are also ongoing to lay the pipeline connecting Kovyktinskoye with Chayandinskoye. Gazprom reportedly hired contractor Stroytransneftegaz to build the pipe section in June.

Gazprom's Amur gas processing plant, which will handle gas from Power of Siberia, is now 66% complete, Gazprom said.  The first two of the plant's six 7bn m3/yr trains are due to come online in 2021, it has said before.

Meanwhile, 206 of the 390 km of pipe needed to enlarge the 5.5bn m3/yr Sakhalin-Khabarovsk-Vladivostok (SKV) pipeline have been laid. The expansion will increase supplies to domestic consumers in the Far East, and provide an option for additional sales to China.