"About an hour ago, welded thousand kilometer ESPO-II. This is almost half. Remaining 1045 km ", — he said. According to Mikhail Barkov, the completion of welding the linear part of the system is planned before the end of 2011. "We're ahead of schedule," — said M.Barkov.
ESPO is built to transport oil to the Asia-Pacific region. The first phase of the system was put into operation at the end of December 2009. In the first phase was constructed plot Taishet (Irkutsk region) — Skovorodino and Kozmino oil terminal on the Pacific coast.
From Skovorodino to the port oil is transported by rail. In the second phase involves the construction site Skovorodino-Pacific coast and increase the capacity of the marine terminal. In 2010 OJSC "AK" Transneft "launched the first phase of the expansion of oil pipeline ESPO-I to increase its capacity from 30 million tons to 50 million tons a year. Complete construction of the expansion of ESPO-1 is planned in 2013. Completion of construction of the ESPO-2 is scheduled for 2014.