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    Yamal-Europe natural gas pipeline may reach projected capacity this year

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    MOSCOW, June 30 (RIA Novosti) - Aleksei Miller, chairman of the Managing Board of Gazprom, Russia's state-run natural gas monopoly, and Belarussian Vice-premier Vladimir Semashko want to implement agreements on completing the construction of booster stations and reach projected capacity at the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline this year, they said at a meeting here Thursday.

    "This will increase the flexibility of Russian natural gas exports to Europe," Gazprom said in a press release.

    The SRTO-Torzhok and the Yamal-Europe gas pipelines, extending for more than 4,000 kilometers, are to link the northern Tyumen region with Western Europe.

    The Belarussian part of Yamal-Europe covers 575 kilometers. The linear pipeline portion has begun operation, with one of the five projected booster stations working.

    Gazprom, the investor, and the Beltransgaz open joint-stock company, the ordering party, signed the investment contract to build Yamal-Europe in Belarus on February 25 of last year.

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