China starts build­ing gas pipeline to Rus­sia

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Con­struc­tion has started on the Chi­nese sec­tion of the Chi­naRus­sia East Route nat­u­ral gas pipeline.

Chi­nese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli said the Chi­nese side is ready to work with the Rus­sian side to en­sure that the pipeline will be com­pleted and put into op­er­a­tion on sched­ule in 2018.

The 3,968-kilo­me­ter (2,465mile) pipeline, ex­tend­ing from gas fields in Rus­sia’s Far East to Shang­hai, is de­signed to trans­port 38 bil­lion cu­bic me­ters of nat­u­ral gas from Rus­sia to China ev­ery year.

Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev joined Zhang at a tele­vised in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony that was held si­mul­ta­ne­ously in Bei­jing, Moscow and the bor­der city of Heihe in north­east China.

In a speech at the cer­e­mony, Zhang said the East Route gas pipeline is the largest China-Rus­sia co­op­er­a­tive pro­ject con­ducive to di­ver­si­fy­ing energy strat­egy and guar­an­tee­ing the energy se­cu­rity of both coun­tries.

Last Septem­ber, con­struc­tion started on the Rus­sian sec­tion of the East Route pipeline, also known in Rus­sia as the Power of Siberia pipeline.

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