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Sakhalin-Khabarovsk-Vladivostok pipeline is to come on-line 2011

Such expectations were announced by Alexander Ananenkov, deputy chairman of the Gazprom management committee at a Far Eastern economic forum

Ananekov descibed the plan of pipeline development step by step.

Initially, gas from the operational Sakhalin-I and Sakhalin-II oil and gas projects could be supplied to the gas pipeline. So presumably, the gas pipeline will operate at full capacity with the start of gas production under the Sakhalin-III project in 2015-2016.

The system's further development will also be linked with the gas supplies from the Chayanda gas field in Yakutia.

The Chayanda field in Yakutia in northeast Russia is intended to supply natural gas to Asia-Pacific countries, in particular China.

The Sakhalin I project is operated by Exxon Neftegas Limited, a subsidiary of U.S. oil major Exxon, and has recoverable reserves estimated at 315 million metric tons (2.3 billion barrels) of oil and 485 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

The Sakhalin II project, in which Russian gas monopoly Gazprom holds a controlling stake, has estimated reserves of 150 million metric tons (1.1 billion barrels) of oil and 500 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

The Sakhalin-III oil and gas project's estimated reserves in the Sea of Okhotsk total over 800 million metric tons (5.86 billion barrels) of oil and more than 900 billion cubic meters of gas. The project includes the East-Odoptinsky, Ayashsky, Venin and South-Kirinsky blocks.

Author: Ksenia Kochneva