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Russia’s energy giant Gazprom will begin gas supplies to China a month ahead of schedule from Dec. 1, 2019 the company said on Friday.

Siberian Gas Pipeline

The deliveries of gas to China will be via the Power of Siberia pipeline. The suuply was  due to begin at the end of December 201. The project is only expected to reach full capacity in 2025.

The Power of Siberia gas trunkline will transport gas from the Irkutsk and Yakutia gas production centers to consumers in Russia’s Far East and China (eastern route).  The pipleine is around 3,000 kilometers with a diameter of 1,420 millimeters.  The working pressure is 9.8 MPa and carries an export capacity of 38 billion cubic meters per year.

The Power of Siberia Gas Pipeline

The gas pipeline traverses three Russian constituent entities, namely the Irkutsk and Amur Regions and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

In May 2014, Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) signed the Sales and Purchase Agreement for gas to be supplied via the eastern route (Power of Siberia gas pipeline). The 30-year Agreement provides for Russian gas deliveries to China in the amount of 38 billion cubic meters per year.

Gas supplies will start on December 20, 2019.

In September 2014, Gazprom commenced the construction of Power of Siberia’s first section running some 2,200 kilometers from the Chayandinskoye field (Yakutia) to Blagoveshchensk (Chinese border).

The second phase of the project will include the construction of a section stretching for about 800 kilometers from the Kovyktinskoye field (Irkutsk Region) to the Chayandinskoye field.

The third stage provides for expanding gas transmission capacities between the Chayandinskoye field and Blagoveshchensk.

In September 2016, Gazprom and CNPC signed the EPC contract to construct a crossing under the Amur River within the trans-border section of the Power of Siberia pipeline. Construction in the Chinese territory started in April 2017. In May 2017, a temporary two-way checkpoint was opened on the Russian-Chinese border to provide unfettered access to the border area for construction equipment and personnel.

Source: Gazprom

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