In 2002, total expenditures of RAO UES for purchasing gas will amount to atleast RUR95bn (about $3.01bn) against RUR77.8bn (about $2.46bn) spent in2001, the mass media department of RAO UES reported to RBC. The averageyearly volume of gas consumed by power stations of RAO UES, amounts to135-140 billion cubic meters.The department pointed out that the launch of modern steam-to-gas powerstations providing a 20-percent fuel economy, would contribute to saving28-30 billion cubic meters of gas per year. A source in RAO UES alsostressed that the economic effect would amount to $2.8bn if calculated onthe basis of the export gas price..
Russian troops have completed the tasks of the special operation on Snake Island. In this connection, as an act of good will, Moscow has decided to withdraw the garrison of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation from the island