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Eutelsat Executes Oil and Gas Project With Gazprom in Russia

By Mark Holmes | November 17, 2021
Eutelsat's headquarters in Paris. Photo: Eutelsat

Eutelsat’s headquarters in Paris. Photo: Eutelsat

Eutelsat has revealed results of a  collaboration project with Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom that aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency of gas pipelines, the company announced Nov. 16. According to Eutelsat, the program saved about 1 billion cubic meters of natural gas, and equating to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 17 million tons of CO2-equivalent.

Eutelsat’s Konnect Russia subsidiary and Gazprom MKS, a company specializing in gas conservation using mobile compressor stations, undertook a two-year program which focused on reducing the volume of vented gas during repairs on gas pipelines at 13 companies, saw some 400 transfers undertaken using mobile compressor stations across a section of Russia spanning from the North-Western District to the Khanty-Mansiysk region. Because of the vast region involved, satellite communication was needed for centralized management of the network of mobile compressor stations, designing the logistics for the movement of complexes, enabling regular monitoring of the works, and assuring communication between dispatch centers and mobile station crews.

“The results show how effective satellite internet can be in the oil and gas industry thanks to its ubiquitous coverage and flexible functionality for mobile objects. We hope to continue to partner with Gazprom, and others in projects which serve, among other things, to preserve nature and improve ecological situation in Russia,” Dmitry Bronner, CEO of Konnect Russia said in a statement.