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Gas field explosion in Russia injures eight

15 March 2013

An explosion at the Bovanenkovo gas field in the Yamalo-Nenets region of Northern Russia on March 13 injured eight. The accident happened when workers in a gas treatment workshop were adjusting equipment, Business TASS said. 

An investigation group from Gazprom is on its way to the site.

Bovanenkovo holds 4,9 trillion cubic metres of gas and is the biggest gas field in the Yamal Peninsula. The field is in its final stage of preparation before launch. According to Gazprom, the first startup complex of the field has entered the final stage of pre-commission work. 

At the same time, the first string of the Bovanenkovo-Ukhta pipeline, which will bring the gas towards western markets, is in the process of being completed. Only the final phases of welding remain to be completed on the 1,240 km long pipeline, and testing is in the progress.

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