VERBUNDNETZ GAS AG, Leipzig, and Ruhrgas AG, Essen, started laying a 115 mile, 42 in. diameter gas pipeline connecting Berlin with the West German grid. The 700 million deutschemark ($410 million) pipeline from Salzwedel, on the border between Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, and Bernau, north of Berlin, will enable gas from Norway to be used to meet rising demand in the Berlin area, Brandenburg, and Saxony-Anhalt.

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