Cairn's huge pipe finished

EDINBURGH-based company Cairn Energy has announced it has completed the world's longest heated oil pipeline.

The 360-mile pipeline will pump oil from its Rajasthan field in India. It passes through 270 villages and 34 major rivers and is expected to gradually boost sales and production.

Rahul Dhir, managing director in India, said: "Cairn India is delighted that crude oil sales from Mangala, through the pipeline, have started.

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"It has taken 24 months to link this key piece of infrastructure from Rajasthan to the refineries."