The Changling-Yongqing section of the China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline was inaugurated on December 3 in a ceremony at the Yongqing compressor station. The section links Yongqing in Hebei province with Changling in Jilin province.
Xihnua has reported that China imported 3.85 billion cubic metres of natural gas via the China-Russia east route natural gas pipeline over the past year. The gas pipeline network runs 3,000 kilometres in Russia and connects with a 5,111-kilometre network in China. It went into operation in December 2019. The entry point into China for the Russian gas is the border city of Heihe.
"So far, the natural gas through the pipeline has been supplied to regions including Beijing, Tianjin and Heilongjiang, and it is of great significance for optimizing China's energy structure and boosting the economic growth along the route," Liu Wubin, an official with a subsidiary of China Oil & Gas Piping Network Corporation, said at the inauguration of the new section.
In May 2014 Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation signed a 30-year purchase and sale agreement for Russian gas supply via the eastern route.
In September 2014 Gazprom started the construction of Power of Siberia’s first section running some 2,200 kilometres 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 kilometres from the Kovyktinskoye field (Irkutsk Region) to the Chayandinskoye field. It is planned to bring the Kovyktinskoye onstream in late 2022. The third stage provides for expanding gas transmission capacities between the Chayandinskoye field and Blagoveshchensk.