Russian pipeline plans to focus on Far East, minister says

The pace of construction for regional gas pipelines in Russia will continue, with especial emphasis on the Far East, according to First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Eric Watkins
Senior Correspondent

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 -- The pace of construction for regional gas pipelines in Russia will continue, with especial emphasis on the Far East, according to First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

"All in all, 43 billion rubles will be spent on the development of regional pipelines in 2005-07," Medvedev said in a televised broadcast. "We have started gas supplies to many regions. This year alone we will begin gas deliveries to 2 million apartments and homesteads."

Medvedev, who also chairs the board of OAO Gazprom, said earlier that investments in regional gas distribution networks will grow by another 3 billion rubles in 2008.

"It is the most important that Gazprom will spread its activity into the Far East and include new regions—the Khabarovsk territory, Sakhalin, and Yakutia—in the gas distribution project," he said.

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