"22 billion cubic meters of gas will be supplied in 2012. It is by 10% more than last year ", said Alexei Miller. Commenting on the increase of Russian gas supplies to Belarus, Alexei Miller noted that “beyond doubt it is a striking indication that the Belarusian economy is developing rapidly, as the levels of energy consumption and gas consumption are the first indicators of economic growth".
The head of Gazprom said that the company together with the government of Belarus is developing a 3-year and 10-year investment program, which will focus on reconstruction of gas distribution stations. "This program has been already submitted on approval and will be ready during next month", Alexei Miller said.
The head of Gazprom noted ,that first of all Gazprom will focus on upgrading of gas distribution stations in Belarus. " The gas distribution station “Zapadnaya” will be opened today, 22 November, which will ensure a reliable and steady supply of Minsk”, Alexei Miller said. According to him, Gazprom plans to upgrade 35 gas distribution stations in Belarus by 2015.
The head of Gazprom also announced that the Company plans to increase natural gas transit via Belarus by 30%.
“At present we see that we could consider the possibility of increasing Russian gas transit via Belarus by 30%. Relevant instructions to develop the feasibility study will be given. In the near future we will put together the document. It will be worked out in association with the Belarus government. I think we will get down to this work in 2013,” said Alexei Miller. In the future Gazprom is ready to invest in creating new installations to transit gas via Belarus, added Alexei Miller.