Putin Orders Faster Construction of Espo
NAKHODKA. Aug 31 (Interfax) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered that the construction of the East Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil pipeline proceed without delays.
Putin signed a government directive “to accelerate the construction of the ESPO phases and to prevent delays” in its commissioning during an inspection visit to the construction site of the specialized oil port Kozmino.
Kozmino is the final point of the ESPO pipeline, whose first stretch from Taishet to Skovorodino is to be commissioned in 2009.
The ESPO oil pipeline system is intended to transport Russian oil to the prospective Asia-Pacific market. The project has two phases. At the first stage, a stretch of the pipeline is to be laid between Taishet in Irkutsk Region and Skovorodino, and an oil terminal is to be built in Kozmino with an annual handling capacity of 30 million tonnes. From Skovorodino oil will be transported to the Pacific Ocean by rail. At the second stage, a run of the pipeline will be laid from Skovorodino to Kozmino.
Under earlier plans, the first phase of the ESPO pipeline was to be commissioned in October-December 2008. But the commissioning date was put off until the fourth quarter of 2009.
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