Russia Begins Construction of Gas Pipeline to China
Russiaâ€™s state-controlled natural gas monopoly Gazprom has started building the West Siberia-China pipeline in the Altai region, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
The agency quoted Altai government official as saying that Gazprom will invest 2 billion rubles to build supporting public utilities for the pipeline within five years.
The pipeline link is part of an $11 billion Gazprom program involving two gas pipelines supplying China with 80 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually.
A western pipeline, linking the western Siberian gas reserves to the Xinjiang region, where it will link up with Chinaâ€™s west-east pipeline, will cover 2,800 kilometers and have a designed production capacity of 30 billion cubic meters a year.
A second, eastern pipeline will connect to Heilongjiang province would be supplied from Sakhalin Island.
The pipelines are due to be operational by 2011.
In March, Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corp, parent of PetroChina signed a memorandum on gas supplies during President Vladimir Putinâ€™s visit to China.
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