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World's deepest undersea pipeline inaugurated

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World's deepest undersea pipeline inaugurated


After five years in the making, the world’s deepest undersea pipeline is due to be officially inaugurated today.The 400-kilometre link, which has been given the name the Blue Stream, will take gas from Russia to Turkey’s Black Sea port of Samsun.The project has cost almost three billion euros, involving hundreds of experts from Russia, Turkey and Italy. Material and technology came from Italy, Germany and Japan.

Those behind the pipeline were determined to find a way of getting gas from Russia to Turkey in the most direct way possible, avoiding transportation over neighbouring states. When the project was first proposed, many world experts voiced doubt that an underwater pipeline could be built at a depth of more than 2000 metres.Present at today’s inauguration in Samsun will be the Russian president and the Prime Ministers of Turkey and Italy.
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