Russian pipeline to bypass Belarus in 1.5 years

An oil pipeline to bypass the territory of Belarus might be built within 1.5 years, Semyon Vaynshtok, Russia's Transneft CEO told Tuesday in London to Reuters. The Russian government gave a go-ahead to build the pipeline from the town of Unecha at the Russia-Belarus border to the town of Primorsk at the Baltic Sea in Leningrad region in early February this year.

Transneft thus wants to prevent Belarus from affecting the transit of the Russian energy supplies to the West. The new pipeline project is estimated at $2-2.5 billion.