INOGATE Exceptional Assistance for Gas Supplies to Azerbaijan for Winter 2000 - Rehabilitation of Shirvanovka & Kazakh Fiscal Gas Metering Stations (98.04)
The project activities comprised of the execution of the following works:
- Replacement of the existing metering lines
- Installation of on-line gas flow computers and automation systems
- Installation of gas flow analysis laboratories
- Installation of supervisor computers
Upon completion of the construction works of the cross-border metering systems, both Russia and Georgia metering stations would function in accordance with EU operational standards
The general objective of this project was to contribute to the rehabilitation of the gas infrastructure of Azerbaijan, in order to permit the governmental decisions on gas import and supplies for winter 2000 to be implemented on a timely manner.
The initial specific objective of this project was to rehabilitate and modernise, in accordance with EU standards, the cross-border gas metering stations, namely the Shirvanovka GMS at the Azeri-Russian border and the Kazakh GMS at the Azeri-Georgian border. Having studied the situation, the decision was taken to build new metering stations instead of rehabilitating the old ones. Thus, the new objectives were identified as follows:
- Objective No. 1: Construction of the Shirvanovka Metering Station at the Azeri-Russian border.
- Objective No. 2: Construction of the Kazakh Metering Station at the Azeri-Georgian border.
- For Objective 1: To build a new metering station
- For Objective 2: To build a new metering station
The introduction of international norms and standards was one of the main targets of this Exceptional Assistance Project. Both fiscal metering stations will fully comply with the international norms of the oil and gas industry.
The new metering station in Shirvanovka will allow for a better control on the gas quality and volumes, avoiding unnecessary commercial disputes between Russia and Azerbaijan. The Shirvanovka GMS at the Azeri-Russian border should ensure a flow metering capacity of 3 to 4 BCM per year and the Kazakh metering station at the Azeri-Georgian border should ensure a flow metering capacity of 8 BCM per year (in a first phase). With regard to the Kazakh metering station, it also should be noted that Georgia has asked for importing 1 bcm of natural gas from Azerbaijan. Without an accurate metering station, the potential losses would amount to 40 million cubic meters per year.
- For Objective 1: The Shirvanovka Metering Station was built and launched in May 2003.
- For Objective 2: The construction of the Kazakh Metering Station was completed in September 2003. However, since Azerbaijan currently does not supply gas to Georgia, the GMS is in a stand-by position for the start of supply of natural gas.