Russia starts supplying gas to China via Power of Siberia pipeline

Russia has started supplying gas to China via the Power of Siberia pipeline as part of a $55 billion (€49.6 billion) deal between Russian gas group Gazprom and China’s oil and gas major CNPC.

According to Gazprom, a ceremonial event making the start of the first-ever pipeline supplies of Russian gas to China took place on 2 December. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and President of the People’s Republic of China joined Alexey Miller, chairman of the Gazprom management committee and Wang Yilin, chairman of the board of directors of CNPC via a conference call.

Gazprom has built a section of the 3,000-kilometre Power of Siberia gas pipeline stretching for around 2,200 kilometres from Yakutia in Russia to the Chinese border near Blagoveshchensk. The border-adjacent Atamanskaya compressor station and a cross-border section with a two-string submerged crossing under the Amur River are also complete.

Gas deliveries will be carried out over 30 years, according to the sales and purchase agreement between Gazprom and CNPC. Currently, Power of Siberia receives gas from Chayandinskoye, the largest field in Yakutia. A new gas production centre has been created in the region, with key facilities including comprehensive gas treatment and pre-treatment units, a booster compressor station, a utility system, and around 1,000 kilometres of roads, including 25 bridges. The field’s annual design output is 25 billion cubic metres of gas.

In late 2022, Power of Siberia will start to receive gas from an additional location in Kovyktinskoye, which will have 2.7 trillion cubic metres of gas reserves, in eastern Russia. Gazprom stated that an 800 kilometre stretch of the Power of Siberia will be constructed between Kovyktinskoye and Chayandinskoye.

“Today we are witnessing a historic event for Russia and China,” said Gazprom’s Alexey Miller. “The eastern route – Power of Siberia – is a global, strategically-significant and mutually-beneficial project. A new scope of energy cooperation between the two countries with a prospect for further development. Clean energy today and tomorrow, for decades to come.”

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