Japan, Russia start talks on oil pipeline details

Japan's Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura, on a visit to Moscow that began Jan. 13, was expected to confer with Russian officials about their recently announced decision to construct an $11.5 billion oil pipeline from East Siberia to the Pacific coast.The proposed 4,200-km, 122-cm pipeline will extend from Taishet to Perevoznaya via Kazachinskoye, Skovorodino, and Khabarovsk.It will carry 1.6 million b/d of crude from the Tomsk region and Khanty-Mansi of Western Siberia, and from the Lena-Tunguska and Khatanga-Vilyuy provinces in East Siberia, as well as from the Verkhnechon (Irkutsk region) and Talakan (Yakutia) fields.During his trip to Russia, Machimura is expected to propose con...

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