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Russia Starts Construction Of Asian Oil Pipeline --> The gas pipeline is in the Ivanovo Region (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) April 28, 2006 -- Construction started today on a major pipeline to ship Russian oil to Asia from fields in eastern Siberia.

The first two sections of the pipeline were welded together near the town of Tayshet, in the Irkutsk region.

The pipeline will have an annual capacity of 80 million tons and stretch to the port of Nakhodka in the Russian Far East. From there, it will be shipped to Japan and South Korea.

(ITAR-TASS, Interfax)