ESOP Construction Moves Ahead

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Transneft has said that the first 1,677 miles of its East Siberia Oil Pipeline (ESOP) will come online by December 25, 2009.
  According to the company, 83% of the pipeline has been laid for the 600,000 bpd link, and other pipeline infrastructure such as terminals and pumping stations are 65% complete.
  The ESPO will run from Taishet in East Siberia to Skovorodino in the Amur Region near the border with China. The project’s second stage will extend a further 1,304 miles from Skovorodino to the port of Kozmino.
  Altogether, the pipeline is designed to transport as much as 220.5 MMbbl/a of oil to Skovorodino, while the entire combined project will transport up to 367.5 MMbbl/a of oil.