Reports: Russia, Uzbekistan to build gas pipeline

Russian news agencies say Russia and Uzbekistan will build a new pipeline across Uzbekistan for Central Asian gas exports. RIA-Novosti cites President Vladimir Putin as saying in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent that the pipeline will be built to "serve the growing export potential" of Uzbekistan and neighboring Turkmenistan. ITAR-Tass quotes Uzbek President Islam Karimov as saying the pipeline will pump from 26 billion to 30 billion cubic meters of gas annually. Meanwhile, Russia's largest independent oil producer Lukoil says it plans to produce 12 billion cubic meters of gas per year at Uzbekistan's Kandym and Gissar fields.