Gazprom issues tender to overhaul Mazdok-Kazimagomed gas pipeline

Oil&Gas Materials 2 October 2009 13:37 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 2 / Trend /

The Russian gas monopoly Gazprom announced a tender for design-exploration work on the overhaul of Mazdok-Kazimagomed main gas pipeline, replacing damaged sections of 572-500 kilometers and 500-431 kilometers (two sites), said the official website of Gazprom.

On Jan. 1 in 2010, this pipeline will export the Azerbaijani gas to Russia.

Work will be performed at its own expense of the Gazprom subsidiary Transgaz Makhachkala.

Applications for the tender will be received on Oct. 2. Tender bids will be unsealed on Nov. 2.

From Jan. 1, 2010 the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) will export the Azerbaijani gas to Russia in the volume of 1.5 million cubic meters per day, earlier said Nazim Samadzade, First Deputy Head of Azerigas Production Unity (PU) of SOCAR.

The agreement, signed in June in Baku between SOCAR and Gazprom, covers 5 years with the possibility of exporting at least 500 million cubic meters of gas per year.

"This contract is profitable for us. By signing it, we can export our existing surplus of gas," said Rovnag Abdullayev, the head of SOCAR, earlier. Export volumes will be agreed at six months ahead.

By late 2009, the Kazimagomed-Mozdok pipeline connecting Azerbaijan and Russia will undergo technical work for its operation in reverse mode. Its capacity is 5-10 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

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