international magazine
01 / 2004


Speaking frankly and in plain terms, Russia lacks pipeline capacities. In September 2003 Transneft estimated this shortage at about 40 mn t a year. Approximately at the same time Mikhail Kasyanov stated that in 2004 the export by the rail will grow to 75-80 mn t. His figures are conflicting with those of Vainshtok that is, if exports by the rail do grow at the said rate, the shortage of 40 mn t throughput capacity will be eliminated this year.