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Russia’s Stroytransgaz completes gas pipeline section in India

Stroytransgaz, one of Russia’s largest engineering and construction companies, said on Thursday it had completed the construction of the first and second sections of a gas pipeline in India.

Stroytransgaz, which is partly owned by energy giant Gazprom, signed a contract for a project to build an East-West gas pipeline 1,386 km (861 miles) long with India’s Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure Ltd., the project’s customer, in August 2006.

Reliance Gas divided the project into eight sections. Under the contract, Stroytransgaz built the first and second sections of the pipeline with a length of 147 km (91 miles) and 102 km (63 miles), respectively. Stroytransgaz also built six valve stations, a scraper receiver and launching station and over 300 pipeline crossings over natural and man-made obstacles, the Russian contractor said.

The East-West pipeline is designed to cater for the growing natural gas requirements of central, western and northern states of India. Its route starts from an onshore gas processing terminal near the city of Kakinada, passes across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and ends near the city of Bharuch.

Stroytransgaz builds oil and gas facilities in 17 countries. (