02 November 2011, Wednesday, 12:19

Siberian gas will help oil-gas-chemical cluster of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan

author: news agency "Bashinform"

The history of Russia never faced more favorable moment for making Russian oil chemistry one of the world leaders, than the present one, as the world-known geochemist Alexei Kontorovich stated at the gathering of the board of directors of JSC “TATNEFTEHIMINVEST-HOLDING”, held yesterday in Kazan, the news agency “Tatar-Inform” reports.

Alexei Kontorovich is the chairman of the scientific council for the problems of geology and oil-gas mining operations under the Russian Academy of Sciences, the scientific head of the Institute for oil-gas geology and geophysics by A.A. Trophimuk of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Siberian division.

During one hour the participants of the gathering were discussing development of the gas complex in Western Siberia and the prospects on supply the oil-chemical cluster in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan with the hydrocarbonic staff.

The gas industry of Western Siberia faces the aim to start excavating the deposits of condensate gas on Nadym-Purskoe interfluve (often called “ New Urengoy”). By 2020 gas mining here can reach 175 billion cubic meters per year and the capacity of the gas processing plants in the region makes up just about 22 billion cubic meters. At the same time the forecasted reserves of fat gas here (propane and butane) are enough for establishment of the biggest oil-chemical clusters in the world.

The Russian Ministry of power engineering is busy with designing of this direction within the frames of the general layout for development of the gas-chemical branch but the published materials give grounds to believe that the capacities of the enterprises for gas processing and gas chemistry, laid in this layout, are too lowered. In opinion of M-r Kontorovich it can result in non-qualified use of the fat gas on the scales, many times higher than in case with the accompanying gas.

In this connection he offers to develop three big oil-chemical clusters: the Western Siberian, the Ufa-Kazan and the North Western ones. These clusters have to be provided with the corresponding gas transport systems. The dictate of the staff producers in pricing policy, in volumes and restrictions  of the deliveries as well as the lobbying of the interests of some separate oil-chemical monopolies can become the obstacles on the way of this project, so not the competition among the regions (the future clusters) in struggle for the staff but close cooperation on the base of the corresponding state program are necessary. The program, as M-r Kontorovich believes, should determine the specialization of every cluster and to provide every cluster with rather cheap staff.

The President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov agreed with the conclusions of the reporter and called the problem for supplying oil-chemistry in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan with the staff really important. He has criticized the federal project for the gas export transportation fr om Western Siberia, bypassing the Volga federal district, wh  underloaded capacities are available. “The West will be thankful for this project” — he stated.

According to him it would be much more efficient to lay a gas pipeline between Bashkortostan and Tatarstan, delivering already the ready-made gas products for the West. The President of Tatarstan offered Kantorovich to prepare a corresponding report for the federal leadership and ordered to make a workgroup with the participation of the representatives of several big Bashkir and Tatar holding companies for that.

Tatarstan and Bashkortostan suggest that the gas pipeline “Siberia-Volga zone” should be constructed  and realization of this proposal allows establishing the Volga oil-gas-chemical cluster.

The planned “Northern Route” to the Baltic Sea (the project, promoted by “SIBUR” and “Chord”) will lower the competitive ability of Russian enterprises and will deprive Russian oil-gas-chemistry of the opportunities for further development.

The Presidents of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan Rustem Khamitov and Rustam Minnikhanov have appealed to the Russian Government with the proposal to insert corresponding corrections to the general layout for development of oil-gas-chemistry in Russia till 2030.