Russian govt approves eastern route for gas supplies to China
The agreement defines the basic conditions for cooperation in Russian gas supply to China via the so-called eastern route. It includes the terms of design, construction and operation of the cross-border pipeline sector, the government said Friday.
The bill was sent to the State Duma for ratification and the next stage will be its approval by the members of parliament.
The conclusion of the pipeline use agreement, which will be valid for 40 years, was one of the conditions of implementation of the gas contract between Gazprom and CNPC.
The overall gas supply contract was concluded for a period of 30 years and envisages the supply of Russian gas to China in the amount of 38 billion cubic meters per year.
The governments of Russia and China should also assist in expanding cooperation between Gazprom and CNPC, including the supply of gas via the western route known as the Altai route. On completion, it’s expected to deliver an additional 30 billion cubic meters of Russian gas annually, and will make China Russia’s biggest gas customer, eclipsing Germany.