Putin says Baltic Sea gas pipeline will extend to Britain

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BERLIN, September 8 (RIA Novosti) - The Baltic Sea gas pipeline will eventually go across the Netherlands to reach Backton, Great Britain, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at a press conference in Berlin.

Once the gas pipeline is extended to Great Britain, it will be 3,000 kilometers long.

Putin said the gas pipeline, currently scheduled to be built under the Baltic Sea from Vyborg in northeast Russia to Greifswald in northern Germany, with extensions to Sweden, Finland and the Kaliningrad Region (Russia's enclave in the Baltic Sea), will be 1,200 kilometers long.

"The design capacity of the North-European gas pipeline is almost 20 billion cu m of gas per annum, but it can eventually transport 55 billion cubic meters a year. The project's first stage will cost $2 billion and its total price will be $5.7 billion," the president said.

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