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Baltic Pipeline System Set To Reduce Transit Dependency

Published: April 11, 2006 (Issue # 1160)


PRIMORSK, Leningrad Oblast — The Baltic Pipeline System (BPS) has been launched to its full design capacity of 1.3 million barrels a day, RIA Novosti quoted Russia’s industry and energy minister as saying Friday.

“The facility is brilliant for Russian infrastructure in terms of all parameters,” Viktor Khristenko told journalists.

Earlier, Khristenko promised the pipeline, which vastly reduces Russia’s dependency on transit countries, would reach design capacity in mid-April.

The first stage of the BPS was opened in 2001 with a 240,000 bbl/d capacity.

The Baltic Sea port of Primorsk, which has also been expanded, is one of Russia’s biggest projects, coming in at an estimated cost of $2.2 billion. The port’s cargo turnover in 2005 was more than 50 million metric tons (1 million bbl/d) and the opening of new capacities will mean four tankers with a displacement of 100,000 tons each can be received simultaneously.

Khristenko said state-owned oil pipeline monopoly Transneft, which is the operator of the BPS project, had paid off almost all its loans attracted for the project, RIA Novosti reported.

“All investment, all the loans taken out for the project have been returned,” the news agency quoted him as saying.

President Vladimir Putin said the completion of the BPS was an important step for Russia and other countries in energy sector development, Interfax reported Friday.

“This is a major step forward in the development of the infrastructure which will increase Russia’s opportunities on the world markets and is a contribution to global energy security,” Putin was quoted by Interfax as saying at a meeting with Semyon Vainshtok, the head of Transneft.

(RIA Novosti, Interfax)





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Dec. 20


The city’s Babushkina Park on Prospekt Obukhovskoy Oborony will be invaded by dozens of rocking-and-rolling Santa Clauses during today’s Santa Claus Parade. Not only will they parade through the park but there will also be competitions amongst the festively-clad participants and a musical master class. There will also be a prize for the best-dressed Santa Claus.


Add to your record collection during the Vinyl Christmas Sale at the KL10TCH bar on Konyushennaya Ploshchad today. Spend the afternoon perusing the records for sale while listening the classic, clean sound of records spinning out hits from a variety of musical genres and time periods.



Sunday, Dec. 21


The Zenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the club’s website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts made from a plethora of sweet treats. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBA’s and Capital Legal Service’s event “Arctic Expedition” this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers’ ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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