SOCAR ups gas volumes in Azerbaijani underground gas storage facilities

Oil&Gas Materials 2 September 2011 19:13

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.2 / Trend, E.Ismayilov /

As of Sept.2, volume of gas injected into Azerbaijani underground gas storage facilities, amounted to about 1.57 billion cubic meters, a source in the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), which owns both underground gas storage facilities, said on Friday.

He said 848 million cubic meters of total gas pumped in 2011 was pumped into the Garadag underground gas storage facility, while about 719 million cubic meters - into Kalmaz underground gas storage facility.

At present, gas volume in both underground gas storage facilities is over 2.7 billion cubic meters given volumes remaining from 2010 (over 1.13 billion cubic meters).

About 1.46 billion cubic meters of total volume of gas accounts for Garadag, while remaining (over 1.25 billion) for Kalmaz.

According to the source, in 2011 gas volume in underground gas storage facilities is planned to reach 3.5 billion cubic meters.

"Actually, gas pumping is carried out until December. In 2011 planned indicator is 3.5 billion cubic meters," the source said.

Gas pumping into underground gas storage facilities began in May 2011.
About 1.92 billion cubic meters of about 1.93 billion cubic meters of gas pumped into underground gas storage facilities last season was pumped out.

Volume of gas reserves in underground gas storage facilities after the 2010-2011 pumping season hit 3.05 billion cubic meters.