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Construction of the "Siberia Power" gas pipeline: Gazprom's risks in attracting contractors

During the construction of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline, Gazprom will use a different scheme of work with contractors.

The traditional scheme of Gazprom's work consisted in the distribution of contracts in large lots, that is, a key builder is determined for a particular pipe. For example, Stroygazmontazh is the main builder of the Southern Gas Corridor.

However, in the case of Power of Siberia, this approach creates risks - Vedomosti reports, citing sources close to Gazprom. Stroygazmontazh and Stroytransgaz, which are the main contenders for the construction of the pipe, are under sanctions, as a result of which access to large bank loans is closed for them. Accordingly, large lots will have to be split into several small ones and distributed among many contractors, because for small lots it will be easier for contractors to attract guarantees and loans.

On January 30, it became known about 15 companies that are potential participants in the tender for the construction of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline. Among them is ZAO Stroytransgaz, which, according to the director of SmallLetters Vitaly Kryukova, remains the main contender for large contracts for the project. Also participating are "APS-Zapad", "STG-AutoTrans", "EVRAKOR", "Argus Podvodstroy", "Argus Spets Montazh", "APS-Sever", " Argus Svar Montazh "Spetsgazavtotrans", "Sibmost", "Irkutskneftegazstroy" and "SpetsMontazhProekt".

As Vitaly Kryukov notes, Gazprom found itself in a twofold situation: "It is risky to play a few large contracts, and many small ones threaten to lose control over their implementation.".

Mikhail Sirotkin, director of the corporate expenses department of Gazprom, believes that small contractors usually dump at tenders in order to increase the price of work, if they win. However, one of Vedomosti's interlocutors is sure that in the current situation it is important to strike a balance: the number of contractors will have to be increased, but within reason.

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