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SYKTYVKAR, October 27. /TASS/. First joint of Ukhta-Torzhok-2 gas pipeline was welded in Komi at the Sosnogorskaya compressor station on Tuesday.
The ceremony was attended by the Russian President Vladimir Putin via teleconference.
"Colleagues, we are launching a large, necessary, and promising gas pipeline project, which will go through the territory of five Russian regions, but most importantly, this route will create additional opportunities for the supply of gas to Russian regions and new possibilities for gas exports. This is a serious, large project," Putin said.
"Today we begin the construction of the gas pipeline Ukhta-Torzhok-2. The construction will go according to the schedule. This will be the most modern pipeline in the world," Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said at the ceremony. He asked Putin to give the command for welding the first joint of the pipeline.
"We are making a major step in the development of the Yamal region and the development of the gas pipeline system," Putin said.
Ukhta-Torzhok-2 gas pipeline provides supply of gas for the priority Gazprom project Nord Stream-2, which will supply gas directly from Russia to the European Union in the export volume of up to 45 bln cubic meters of gas a year.
The length of the new export gas pipeline "Ukhta-Torzhok-2" will be about 970 km, the design capacity - 45 billion cubic meters of gas per year. To date, all developed working documentation on the linear part of the pipeline. On the route of the gas pipeline started clearing it from the forest. In the near future we will be summed up competition for the construction of the five priority areas of a total length of 500 km. As part of the gas pipeline "Ukhta - Torzhok-2" in accordance with the expansion of seven compressor stations and construction of a new one, the total power of the COP - 689 MW. It is planned that by the end of 2019 the pipeline will be built and ready for use. Until the end of October it is planned to complete the tender procedures to select contractors and begin work. 0 - CE / bug
The 970-kilomentre Ukhta-Torzhok-2 gas pipeline will have a design capacity of 45 bln cubic meters of gas a year. It will have eight compressor stations with an aggregate capacity of 689 MW.
CEO of Russia’s gas giant Gazprom, Alexey Miller, said earlier that the gas pipeline would be built and ready for commissioning by the end of 2019.