Gas pipeline projects needed to boost Russian exports

RUSSIAN OIL AND GAS TRANSPORTATION-ConclusionExports of natural gas, so important to the Russian economy, cannot occur without a modern, well-maintained pipeline system. Click here to enlarge imageThis conclusion of a two-part series on Russian pipelines looks at where natural gas is located, who the potential buyers are, and how the Russians plan to get it to market. Fig. 1 shows the current gas pipe line network.Gas productionIn 2000, Russia's natural gas production was 586 billion cu m (bcm), 135 bcm of which was exported (excluding volumes to CIS). LPG production went up 13%, reaching 6.24 million tonnes.State-owned OAD Gazprom hopes to stabilize its output at 530 bcm/year (bcmy...

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