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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechnya Oil Bypass

MOSCOW -- Russia will finish building a crude oil pipeline bypassing Chechnya in the North Caucasus in six weeks, Deputy Fuel and Energy Minister Vladimir Stanev said Monday.

"We have laid 147 kilometers of pipe, which is almost half the total distance," Stanev said at a news briefing. "Given an average speed of 25 kilometers per week, we need six weeks to finish the job."

The pipeline, which will cross the neighboring region of Dagestan, will start being filled with crude oil in April or May, he said.

Russia started building the pipeline to re-establish a link between Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, and the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk.

The line, which crossed Chechnya, was cut by violence in the region and Russia was forced to ship crude by rail instead.

Work on the 312-kilometer long bypass started last October.