Gazprom to launch Belarus stretch of Yamal-Europe gas pipeline 12:24, 01/12/2005
Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom is planning to bring the Belarus segment of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline to its full capacity of 33 billion cu m in the fall and winter seasons of 2005-2006, a senior Gazprom official said Wednesday.
Speaking at the third international forum Russian Gas 2005, Gazprom Deputy Board Chairman Alexander Medvedev said the company intended to commission two additional compressor stations in Belarus until the end of 2005.
On July 1, 2005, Gazprom put into operation two more compressor stations on the Polish stretch of the pipeline in addition to the existing two compressors to bring the pipeline`s capacity to 28 billion cu m, he said.
From January 1, 2006, the Polish segment of the pipeline will receive a fifth compressor in order to reach full capacity, he said.
The Yamal-Europe 2,000 km-long gas pipeline was commissioned in 1999 and runs across Poland, Belarus and Russia.