Zapolyarye-Purpe Oil Pipeline

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Zapolyarye-Purpe Oil Pipeline is an oil pipeline in Russia.[1]


The pipeline originates in Tazovsky District, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and terminates in Purpe, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Transneft[1]
  • Current capacity: 500,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 488 kilometers / 303 miles
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2017


The Zapolyarye-Purpe pipeline is the second stage of the Zapolyarye-Purpe-Samotlor line. Construction began in 2012 on the 488-km pipeline, which includes 1,200 km of supply lines, a parallel high-voltage power line, three pumping stations, and the expansion of the existing Purpe pumping station.[2] The pipeline was commissioned by Russian oil pipeline monopoly Transneft in January 2017. In April 2019 it was reported that the pipeline's capacity was 25 million tonnes per year, and that it would be increased to 45 million tonnes per year in the future.[3]

The pipeline flows east-to-west, but will be able to reverse flows in 2018.[4] The pipeline provides access from new fields in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area, the northern Krasnoyarsk Territory, Gazprom's Urengoi fields and Rosneft's Suzunskoye, Tagulskoye, Russkoye, and Russko-Rechenskoye fields, among others, to the existing network of oil pipelines.[5] The project's budget was 120 billion rubles (US$3.9 billion).[2]

Proposed Expansion

Transneft has proposed increasing the pipeline's capacity by 20 million tonnes per year, or 400,000 barrels per day.[3]

Proposed Expansion Details

  • Operator: Transneft[3]
  • Proposed capacity: 400,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 488 kilometers / 303 miles
  • Status: Proposed
  • Start Year:

Environmental Impact

Approximately 70% of the pipeline's route is swampland, and it required the construction of seven brides and 160 river and stream crossings, including the Taz and Pur rivers.[2]

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