Crimea to receive gas from South Stream pipeline

The Russian government intends to build a branch of the South Stream pipeline to provide Crimea with gas. The pipe will be built by Gazprom Gas Company, RIA Novosti says, citing the Minister on issues related to Crimea Oleg Savelyev.

There have been two options established for delivering gas to Crimea. Director General of the Crimea's enterprise Chernomornaftogaz Andrey Ilyin said in May that a pipeline through Kuban with a flow capacity of 2 billion cubic meters of gas will be built by January 2016.

Another plan stipulated the creation of a pipe from the city of Anapa to Crimea. In this case it will be 66 miles long and it will cost less money – $200 million.

After Crimea integrated with Russia, the country got an opportunity to change the path of the South Stream pipeline, thus saving money and time on its creation, The New York Times says, citing numerous experts.

"The Ministry of Energy reported last week that an additional pipeline would be built to transport gas to Crimea. It will be built in two years, but not in 2014 as the plan should be elaborated," Savelyev said. The South Stream pipeline will stick to the preliminary plan, but will have an additional branch that is to be built by Gazprom, Savelyev said.

In late April, the Russian government has assigned Gazprom to alter its investment program till 2016, considering the need of providing Crimea with gas. No precise information on the alteration of the document is available.
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