Gazprom: Altai Gas Pipeline

The Russian NGO coalition “Save Ukok” is concerned with Gazprom´s plans of building a gas pipeline to China,[1] crossing Southern Siberia and the Ukok Plateau, a sacred UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich cultural and environmental legacy. The coalition believes that the transnational Altai Gas Pipeline would have negative impacts on the environment, and the historical and cultural characteristics of the region, and claims that the plans had been proceeded without public participation. Gazprom was unwilling to enter a constructive dialogue, they continued.[2]

Gazprom declared that the pipeline would not be built in 2014-2015. This delay is welcomed by NGOs, but Gazprom has yet not cancelled the project and there are ongoing discussions around major oil and gas infrastructure projects in the region.[3]


[1] Gazprom: Altai project. Accessed 06.06.2013

[2] The Altai Project (2011): Save Ukok Coalition, 17 February; accessed 06.06.2013

[3] The Altai Project (2013): Ukok Pipeline Update: One step forward for Ukok, one step back for sacred sites, 30 May; accessed 16.09.2014

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