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Seven oil and gas companies have started front-end engineering and design work on a £290 million gas pipeline from Bacton to Zeebrugge.The pipeline will link the UK and continental gas markets for the first time and is expected to stimulate a burst of gas field development in the North Sea.The firms, including British Gas, BP, Conoco, Statoil and Elf, will decide whether to go ahead with the project next summer.Chris Marchant of British Gas heads the team producing a fully-costed ...

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