Construction Of The Southern Section Of The Eastern Route (Power Of Siberia) Gas Pipeline Has Begun In China
China on Tuesday began construction of the southern section of the Russian-Chinese Eastern route gas pipeline (a continuation of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline), which will connect Yongqing County of Langfang city district in northeastern Hebei province and the Central city of Shanghai, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
Engineering work on the construction of the southern section of the gas pipeline began with the creation of a shield tunnel for the Yangtze river tunnel. The tunnel will have an internal diameter of 6.8 m and a length of 10,226 m. The project will be ready by June 2025, after which the Yangtze Delta region (Shanghai and its environs) will receive about 18.9 billion cubic meters of "blue fuel" annually.
Earlier, the Agency reported that during the first six months of operation of the Northern section connecting the North-Eastern provinces of China, Heilongjiang, and Jilin, Russia supplied 1.58 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China via the pipeline. The middle section, which stretches from Jilin province to Hebei province, will be launched by the end of 2020.
The import of hydrocarbons to China along the Northern section of the Eastern route began in December 2019. The corresponding agreement was signed between Gazprom and the China National Oil and Gas Corporation (CNPC) in May 2014. It is concluded for 30 years and assumes delivery of up to 5 billion cubic meters in 2020 and 38 billion cubic meters annually-from 2024.