YEREVAN, December 4. / ARKA /. Armenia’s Russian-owned national gas distribution company ArmRosGazprom (ARG) has increased the capacity of its Abovyan underground gas storage facility to 140 million cubic meters, according to its deputy CEO Hrant Tadevosyan.
Speaking to ARKA he said the company has invested this year 533 million drams in increasing the number of wells for expansion of the facility’s capacity in order to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to the population, especially in winter months.
He specified that last winter the company had supplied some 100 million cubic meters of gas to households and enterprises when gas delivery across Georgia was halted because of technical problems.
According to ARG estimates, the facility’s capacity can be expanded up to 250 million cubic meters or 10% of the total domestic demand.
The Abovyan gas storage is one of the principal elements of Armenia’s gas transportation system ensuing the country’s energy security. It was constructed in 1962 on rock salt deposits at a depth of 800-1,000 meters. ARG is the only company dealing with import and distribution of Russian natural gas coming to Armenia from Russia via Georgia. It was established in 1997 and is now fully owned by Russian Gazprom monopoly. -0-