EU and Russia launch controversial Nord Stream gas pipeline

11/14/2011
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel inaugurated the 1,200-km Nord Stream natural gas pipeline that will initially supply the European Union with 27.5 billion cu m/year of Siberian gas, and will later provide 10% of the bloc's annual gas needs. Nord Stream transports gas from Vyborg, near St. Petersburg in northern Russia, under the Baltic to Lubmin. The new project, which bypasses an old pipeline network through Belarus and Ukraine, draws on 1 trillion cu m of gas in the Yuzhno-Russkoye gas field in Siberia. The gas will flow to Europe through two pipelines, once the project comes to completion. The capacity of this first line, will double once the secon...
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