ArmInfo. Up to 2030, $ 480 million will be invested in the modernization of the gas transmission system of Armenia. On November 8, during a regular meeting of the parliamentary commission to investigate the reasonableness of gas and electricity tariffs, said ''Gazprom Armenia's'' General Director Hrant Tadevosyan.
According to him, as part of the investment program, the entire gas transmission system is being modernized. In particular, it is planned to build about 40 km of new gas pipelines, to redecorate 700 km of gas pipelines and 650 km of gas pipelines. In addition, he continued, it is planned to restore 7 wells in the underground gas storage in Abovyan, as well as the construction of a new well. Thus, as noted by Tadevosyan, in case of accidents, uninterrupted supply of natural gas to consumers for up to 30 days will be ensured.
As noted by Hrant Tadevosyan, counting the expenses and profits of the company, many forget about such an important issue as the repair and replacement of gas pipelines. The current tariff does not include all the costs of repair work on gas pipelines that need to be changed every 30 years. Meanwhile, in the gas transmission system of Armenia there are pipes with a service life of 40-45 years. As a result, it is necessary to pump gas into the pipes under pressure almost twice as low as the standard, since they simply will not withstand the standard. In addition, these pipelines require increased operating costs. They are not included in the gas tariff, and the company covers them at the expense of its profits. Tadevosyan also said that the net profit of ''Gazprom Armenia'' was set at 8% of the final gas tariffs, but in reality it turns out to be lower. Due to the strong deterioration of pipes, gas losses in the network also increase. The tariff includes losses of 4.64% in the main pipes (transport network) and 2.05% in small- diameter pipes (distribution network). Usually losses are higher in the distribution network. But here the situation completely changes the decay of the backbone network. The situation with the distribution network is better, because over the past 10-15 years, funds have been invested here to connect new subscribers. ''Gazprom Armenia'' CJSC is a 100% subsidiary of PJSC ''Gazprom'', providing for the supply and sale of natural gas in the domestic market of Armenia. As part of the gas transmission system (GTS), 1,682.2 km of main gas pipelines and branch pipelines are serviced. As part of the gas distribution system, today there are 15,116 km of high, medium and low-pressure gas pipelines and auxiliary facilities. ''Gazprom Armenia'' is one of the leading companies in Armenia, occupies a leading and stable position in the backbone sector of the Armenian economy.