BEIJING, November 16. /Corr. Alexey Selishev/. Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and first Deputy Premier of the state Council of China Zhang gaoli in the framework of the 12th meeting of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental Commission on energy to discuss cooperation projects in the fields of oil, gas and nuclear energy. According to a source in the Russian delegation, the supply of gas from the Far East and the “Western route” to China will be among the main themes of the Commission’s work.
“The most interesting topic on gas may be the far East. There is something to discuss, because actually it can go about laying a third line of the gas pipeline from Russia to China,” the source said.
As earlier told reporters the head of “Gazprom” Alexei Miller, gas supplies to China from the Sakhalin region will need to build a pipeline that will be the third one. According to him, Russia and China signed a Memorandum on pipeline gas supplies from Far East. The volume and timing not yet defined.
“Eastern” and “Western” route
At present Gazprom is engaged in the construction of the gas pipeline “Power of Siberia”, by which gas from fields in Eastern Siberia will be transported on the domestic market and for export to China. Offshoot of the pipeline in Eastern China, known as the “Eastern route”, will be built in the area of Blagoveshchensk.
According to the contract signed on may 21, 2014 Gazprom and CNPC on the Eastern route will provide 38 billion cubic meters of gas a year for 30 years. Contract amount – $400 billion Agreement on cooperation in the sphere of gas supply via the Eastern route was signed on 13 October 2014, Russia ratified it on may 2, 2015. The first supplies could start in 2018-2019.
Not less actively than Russia is with China the negotiations on the “Western route”. As told journalists the head of Ministry Alexander Novak, Arkady Dvorkovich during his visit to Beijing to discuss gas supplies in this area in China. “Western route” involves the supply of 30 billion cubic meters by pipeline from the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous district in Altai Krai to the North-West of China for 30 years. For this purpose, provides for the establishment of a new pipeline system “Altai” in the existing transport corridor from Western Siberia to Novosibirsk with follow-up continuation to the Russian – Chinese border. Direct deliveries scheduled to begin in 2019.
The interlocutor noted that in the framework of the 12th meeting of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental Commission on energy sides “can continue the discussion” issues on the construction of the 7-th and 8-th blocks of the Tianwan NPP, and also to consider “a number of other projects in the field of nuclear energy”.
First Tianwan NPP consisting of two units c reactors VVER-1000 with capacity of 1060 MW each, was introduced by the Russian side in the operation in 2007. In the implementation stage of the project of the second stage of that NPP, which Atomstroyexport began in December 2012, and commissioning plans in 2017.
In the framework of the 12th meeting of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental Commission on energy sides will also discuss preparations for the jubilee 20 th regular meeting of the heads of governments of Russia and China, which will take place in December in China.