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New gas pipeline opened in South Ossetia2009-08-26 17:01
Dzuarikau-Tskhinval gas pipeline, allowing delivery of gas to South Ossetia directly from Russia, was finally pulled into operation. Previously gas came via Georgia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The ceremony was attended by representatives of local authorities, subcontractor organizations, deputy head of Gazprom Alexander Ananenkov - ITAR TASS.
The new pipeline will deliver natural gas to industrial, agricultural objects and ordinary consumers in various regions of the republic. It will "create conditions for industry development, will positively influence the region's ecology and will allow to supply with gas a number of remote localities of the republic", Gazprom source states.
The length of the pipeline amounts 162.3 kilometer [appr. 100 miles], the rate of the flow - 252.5 mln cubic meters per year.
The command to start was pronounced by Vladimir Putin, the PM of Russia, and Eduard Kokoyty, the leader of South Ossetia, from Moscow.
"Today we have a great holiday; Day of Independency of South Ossetia and the day when gas started flowing to South Ossetia from the united gas system of Russia", Annenkov said.
He added that the pipeline was built in short terms "in conditions no oil or gas company has ever worked before".