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Russia launches Far Eastern gas pipeline


08:25, September 09, 2011

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin leaves his signature on a gas pipeline during its opening ceremony in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok, September 8, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

VLADIVOSTOK, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Russia launched its Far Eastern gas pipeline on Thursday at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Putin pressed a button, symbolically opening the Sakhalin-Khabarovsk-Vladivostok pipeline on Russky Island in Vladivostok.

The ceremony was also attended by Alexey Miller, chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom, Russia's gas giant.

The gas company said the pressure in the pipeline has been adjusted and all systems were working properly.

When put into operation, the 1,800-km long pipeline will transport 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually to Vladivostok.

During his stay in Vladivostok, Putin will also examine the construction of the Far Eastern Federal University on Russky Island.

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