Russia pushing Chechen bypass for Baku-Novorossiisk line

Russia is moving forward with plans to reroute its Baku-to-Novorossiisk oil pipeline around Chechnya.The pipeline has been a frequent target in recent years. Tapping of the line in order to steal crude oil has been common in Chechnya, leading to repeated interruption of oil shipments. In fact, the line has been out of commission for much of this year.Although some care was taken to avoid irreparable damage to the Chechen section of the pipeline during the 21-month conflict between Russia and Chechnya that ended in 1996, press reports indicate that large sections of the line have been destroyed in recent fighting.Russia is keen to improve the reliability of shipments on the pipeline, as it...

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