Cross-river section of Russia's eastern-route natural gas pipeline to China completed

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/3/28 20:53:40

The section that crosses the Heilongjiang River of the eastern route of a natural gas pipeline between China and Russia has officially passed the quality assessments of both countries, marking the completion of the cross-river project, reported the Xinhua News Agency on Thursday.

The cross-river section extends through the Heilongjiang River, which sits along the border between China and Russia. The 3,371-kilometer eastern route of the natural gas pipeline starts from the border between China and Russia in Heihe, Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province and passes through parts of North and East China, ending in Shanghai. It is another key bilateral project in energy cooperation. 

The cross-river project started in 2016, and its completion is the result of overcoming a series of obstacles. It was jointly financed and constructed by China and Russia. The pipeline spans areas with hostile environments and complex geologic conditions. China and Russia also had to work with disparities between the construction standards in two countries, the Xinhua report said.  

The eastern route can connect with existing gas networks in China, serving the Northeast, the Yangtze River Delta and the Bohai Sea region. The project can potentially reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 142 million tons a year. The provision of natural gas can significantly optimize China's energy structure amid its crackdown on pollution, analysts said.  

Under a 30-year contrast, Russia will supply natural gas to China through the eastern route of the gas pipeline, reported the People's Daily. The pipeline will allow China to import 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas every year from Russia.

In May 2014, China and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding on the gas pipeline. China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) and Public Joint Stock Gazprom also signed the contract on the sales and purchase of natural gas in the project. 

Earlier this month, CNPC Chairman Wang Yilin said that the pipeline could go into use by early December, at least half a month earlier than previously estimated, according to a report by industry website


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