The “Yamal” pipeline was ceremoniously inaugurated in late 1983. Celebrated by Mingazprom and Minneftegazstroi as a great engineering feat and by the Kremlin as a Cold War victory against the United States, it had a major impact on the physical possibilities to transmit Siberian natural gas to Western Europe, opening up for more than a doubling of total exports. When fully equipped with compressor stations, the line would be able to handle a gas flow of no less than 40 bcm per year, which was substantially more than the volumes actually contracted with the West Europeans. As a result, Mingazprom would for the foreseeable future no longer need to worry about bottlenecks in the infrastructure.
- Transit Country
- Subsea Pipeline
- Union Republic
- Export Pipeline
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