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Oil firms plan 900m pipeline

A CONSORTIUM of oil companies has announced plans to build the worlds longest marine pipeline for 900

million.

The project will include a receiving terminal at Dunkirk in France where gas from the Sleipner field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea will be fed. The cost of the terminal alone is estimated at 50 million.

The provisional commissioning date for the pipeline is October 1, 1998, but France and Norway will first have to approve the 860 km long link.

Statoil, Shell, Esso, Conoco, Mobil, Norsk Hydro, Total, Elf Aquitaine, Saga, Neste and Agip are understood to be among the firms supporting the project.