China starts building gas pipeline to Russia
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.