Capping Russian Gas
A worker fits a protective end cap to a new seamless steel pipe destined for use in the South Stream gas pipeline, at the Vyksa Steel Works, operated by the United Metallurgical Co. (OMK), in Vyksa, Russia, on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
The pipes began rolling off the production line at the OMK factory last week in preparation for the start of construction of the Bulgarian section of the pipeline later this year.
OAO Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural gas producer, is ready to supply more fuel to Europe, where consumption is increasing and output is falling, according to an e-mailed statement from the company after a board meeting on the global gas market.
Fast Facts About the South Stream Pipeline:
- Construction began in December, 2012 near Anapa, Russia.
- The onshore section will cross Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia and end at the Tarvisio metering station in Italy.
- The offshore section, which runs beneath the Black Sea, through the economic zones of Russia, Bulgaria and Turkey, travels 930 kilometers.
- The maximum offshore pipe depth will be more than two kilometers.
- The pipeline will be designed to carry 63 billion cubic meters of gas.
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
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