Gazprom PJSC has launched two booster compressor stations (BCS) at the Urengoyskoye oil and gas condensate field in West Siberia, in preparation for peak production in the upcoming heating season.

The new BCS, which have been commissioned at integrated gas treatment units (UKPG-2V and UKPG-5V), are intended to help maintain the required pressure when treating and supplying gas to the gas transmission system.

Moreover, the new booster compressor stations help in ensuring the field’s peak production during the heating season, when gas demand increases significantly.

Gazprom Management Committee chairman Alexey Miller said: “For Gazprom, task number one is to successfully complete the autumn-winter period, to ensure reliable gas supply to domestic and foreign consumers during the season of increased, peak demand. We always fulfil our obligations to our consumers in full.

“The most important thing is that they do not feel any cold weather, even the strongest. This is how it happens.

“From today on, new booster compressor stations are becoming an integral part of Gazprom’s production complex. They will contribute to ensuring peak production in Russia.”

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Featuring modern Russian equipment, including automated process control systems, the stations comprise six domestic gas pumping units with a total capacity of 60MW.

Gazprom in a statement said: “In addition, the construction of additional production facilities for the efficient development of the Urengoyskoye field continues.”

Located in the Nadym-Pur-Tazovsky region of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, the Urengoyskoye has been producing gas since 1978.

The commissioning of the stations comes days after the International Energy Agency (IEA) had urged Russia to boost gas supply to Europe as the continent is facing an energy crunch.

The call followed concerns in Europe over Russia’s decision to not increase gas exports to Europe in October.

The surge in gas prices to record levels across Europe is driven by a strong demand recovery and tighter-than-expected supply in addition to weather-related factors.