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Transneft to Increase Capacity of ESPO Pipeline Systems

As the press service of Transneft - Dalniy Vostok LLC reported today, Transneft is launching a project to increase the capacity of the Eastern Siberia - Pacific Ocean pipeline systems (ESPO-1 and ESPO-2).

"As part of the expansion of the capacity of ESPO-1, Transneft starts filling the process pipelines of three oil pumping stations (PS No. 7, 11, 15) in Yakutia with oil on October 19. The required volume of oil for filling is more than 4 thousand cubic meters." - the message says.

At the same time, work on the expansion of ESPO-2 begins in October. Preparations are underway for the construction of PS number №29 in Arkhara district of the Amur region, the examination and approval of the working documentation for the project is almost completed. It is assumed that construction will begin in the first quarter of 2015.

Commissioning of PS No. 29 at the end of 2017 will increase the throughput of ESPO-2 to 39 million tons of oil per year. After the completion of construction and commissioning of three more PSs (No. 23, 26, 32), the capacity of ESPO-2 will be 50 million tons per year. According to the subsidiary company, Giprotruboprovod OJSC (general designer of the Transneft system organizations) will start designing these three stations in the first half of 2015.

At present, the capacity of the pipeline in this area is 30 million tons of oil per year.

The company expects that by the end of 2014 the volume of raw material delivery to the final point of the ESPO-2 - spetsmornefteport Kozmino - will be about 24,5 million tons. Since 1 January 2015, it is expected to increase oil supplies to China to 20 million tons, thus fulfilling Russian-Chinese agreements. It is also planned to begin transportation to the Khabarovsk oil refinery (owned by the NOC) after the construction of the oil refinery is completed.

The ESPO oil pipeline is designed to transport oil to the Far East and markets of the Asia-Pacific region. The planned capacity of the ESPO is 80 million tons of oil per year. The length of the route is over 4,7 thousand kilometers, the final point is in a specialized sea oil port in the bay of Kozmino in Primorsky Krai. In 2013, 21,3 million tons of oil were shipped via the port. The cost of expanding the ESPO is estimated at 170 billion rubles.

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