The head of the Murmansk region in the Federation Council was called to resolve the issue of gasification of the region

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in potamanthidae the Murmansk region Marina Kovtun. Archival photo<img src="/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018/04/1ddfce65d8c6310e9e180f82e7d4f6d7.jpg" alt="The head of the Murmansk region in the Federation Council was called to resolve the issue of gasification of the region” />© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase the image Bank

The Governor of the Murmansk region Marina Kovtun, speaking at the report at the enlarged session of the Federation Council Committee on economic policy on Tuesday, said the need for the rational use of the competitive advantages of the region and the decision on gasification of the region for the period until 2025, reported the press service of the regional government.

According to the head of region, rational use of competitive advantages of Murmansk region is able to stimulate economic development in the region, to provide a breakthrough in improving the investment attractiveness of the region.

Kovtun stressed the need for a decision on gasification of the region for the period until 2025, taking into account the implementation of various independent projects natural gas supplies, including construction on the territory of Murmansk region infrastructure transshipment of gas.

«It is necessary to return to consideration at the Federal level, the question of the beginning of the construction of the pipeline. The timely adoption of such decision will give a multiplier effect in a number of sectors of the regional economy. According to our estimates, we are talking about the tripling of the gross regional product by 2035,» said Kovtun.

According to the Governor, the potential of natural gas consumption in the Murmansk region amounts to almost 5 billion cubic meters per year. Including taking into account the planned diversification of the fuel and energy balance of the region – today, more than 80% of the heat generation in the region is produced on imported oil.

According to the head of the region, the possibility of using gas for industrial purposes will not only give impetus to the development of existing industries, but to create new industrial enterprises in chemical, gas chemical and metallurgical industries. In addition, the Murmansk region has significant export opportunities.

Kovtun stressed that one of the main competitive advantages of the region is the relatively low cost of electricity – almost completely leveled passed at the Federal level solutions, and proposed to amend the rules of the wholesale market of electric energy and capacity, excluding additional price pressure for the Murmansk region.

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