The transit of Russian gas through Belarus after the start of "Nord Stream", which goes under the Baltic Sea, won’t be reduced. On this, as reports "Interfax", said Deputy Chairman of "Gazprom" Alexander Medvedev."[Pipeline] Yamal-Europe will be loaded to full designing capacity.
Reducing the supply of the Yamal-Europe is not expected nor technologically not commercially, "- mentioned Medvedev.
RIA News adds that thus Medvedev answered the question one of the journalists about whether Ukraine and Belarus will suffer from the start "of the North flow ". Medvedev didn’t say anything About Ukraine.
It should be noted that if the Ukrainian gas transportation system is in full possession of the Ukraine and in Belorussia half of "Beltransgaz" belongs to "Gazprom". Furthermore, Minsk and Moscow are negotiating sale to “Gazprom," the remaining shares of the company, which operates pipelines in the country.
Official launching of the "Nord Stream" was held on November 8 in Germany, pipeline launch ceremony was attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The peculiarity of "Nord Stream" is that the gas in it goes directly from Russia to Germany, passing by transit countries.
Russia built the "Nord Stream" and is going to build the "South Stream" in order to reduce its dependence on transit countries. Against the construction of the "streams" actively opposed Ukraine which believes that transport fuel across its territory is cheaper.
In "Gazprom" they recognize that construction of the "Nord Stream" will not cover the expenses soon enough. According to spokesman of Concern Sergey Kupriyanov, pipelines generally do not pay off soon, as their action planned for 30-50 years.
In 2010 it was reported that the pipeline cost "Gazprom" and its partners in 8.8 billion dollars.
Pipeline "Yamal-Europe", which goes through Poland and Belarus, was built in post-Soviet time: its launch took place in 1994. The design capacity of the pipeline is 32.9 billion cubic meters. For comparison, the "Nord Stream" in 2012 should transport 27.5 billion cubic meters.
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