OAO Gazprom’s demand for steel pipes will more than double this year as the state-run natural gas export monopoly builds trunk links to supply Europe and regions in Russia, the company said today on its website.
Annual demand for large-diameter pipes will stay between 1.5 million and 2.6 million metric tons, Igor Fyodorov, general director of Gazprom’s supply unit, Gazprom Komplektatsiya, said in a corporate magazine.
The Moscow-based producer, which supplies about a quarter of Europe’s gas needs, is building the Nord Stream pipeline from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea. The company also plans to complete a domestic pipeline from Sakhalin Island next year to meet the government-assigned deadline to supply local consumers in Russia’s Far East. A pipeline from Yamal Peninsula is being built to unlock the potential of the gas-rich province in the Arctic.
Gazprom Komplektatsiya bought 843,000 tons of pipes from Russian pipemakers last year, or about 95 percent of total purchases. Large-diameter pipe purchases totaled 809,000 tons.
For the Sakhalin-Khabarovsk-Vladivostok link, Gazprom will complete pipe supplies this year, with “a small portion” of the pipes to be delivered from Japan, Fyodorov said.
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