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Putin and Xi Jinping Launch the Power of Siberia
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the Power of Siberia gas pipeline in a teleconference mode. Gas will be transported to China via the highway from the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia and the Kovykta field in the Irkutsk region.
The President thanked the engineers, builders, employees of Gazprom, the China Oil and Gas Corporation, as well as contractors for the high professionalism and excellent work that they performed ahead of schedule.
Xi Jinping called the construction of the pipeline a landmark project of bilateral energy cooperation, an example of deep integration and mutually beneficial cooperation between Russia and China.
“It is necessary to put the safety and reliability of the operation of the pipeline in the first place. It is also important to pay special attention to environmental protection, carefully treats exploitation in the interests of green, environmentally friendly, energy-efficient and low-natural development, ”said the PRC President.
The contract on the “eastern” route for the export of Russian natural gas, Gazprom and the China National Petroleum Corporation signed in May 2014 years for 30 years. The export capacity of the pipeline is 38 billion cubic meters per year. The gas pipeline route with a length of about three thousand km passes through the territories of the Irkutsk region, Yakutia and the Amur region. Initially, the launch of the pipeline was planned for December 20, but work completed faster.