Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited the port of Ust-Luga in the Leningrad region, where by pressing a symbolic button in test mode to run the second phase of the Baltic Pipeline System (BPS-2).
General Director of "Spetsmornefteport" Ust-Luga Denis Sumachev reported to the Prime Minister that at present the project to build the second phase of the BPS completed all construction and installation work, as well as the necessary endorsement supervisory authorities.
Putin during his test run BTS-2 pressed a symbolic button, and then began shipping oil tanker "Nevsky Prospect", which is scheduled to send on Friday from the port of Ust-Luga (the end point of BPS-2).
As explained by the official representative of OJSC "AK" Transneft "Igor Demin, next to export oil tanker will depart from the port of Ust-Luga on March 26.
As previously reported Deputy Energy Minister Yuri Sentjurin, the volume of oil exported via BTC-2 through the port of Ust-Luga in the second quarter of 2012 could reach 3 million 600 thousand tons.
BPS-2 project aims to provide a reliable supply of oil to Europe through the port of Ust-Luga in the Gulf. The project is built main line of a thousand miles and a capacity of up to 30 million tons of oil a year, two pumping stations (NPS), and the tank farm "Ust-Luga", remodeled existing NPS "Unecha" and "Andreapol."
Because of the problems encountered previously in the construction of the fourth and fifth berth in the port of Ust-Luga, start-up of the pipeline has been repeatedly postponed.