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Zhang announces construction of China-Russia gas pipeline

Updated: Jun 30,2015 6:40 AM     Xinhua

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli talks with Andrey Ivanovich Denisov, Russia’s ambassador to China after the inauguration ceremony in Beijing, June 29, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli announced on June 29 the start of construction on the Chinese section of the China-Russia East Route natural gas pipeline.

Zhang said China is ready to work with the Russian side to ensure that the pipeline will be completed and put into operation on schedule in 2018.

The 3,968-kilometer pipeline, extending from gas fields in Russia’s Far East to Shanghai, is designed to transport 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia to China every year.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev joined Zhang at a televised inauguration ceremony that was held simultaneously in Beijing, Moscow and the border city of Heihe in northeast China.

In a speech at the ceremony, Zhang said the East Route gas pipeline is the largest China-Russia cooperative project conducive to diversifying energy strategy and guaranteeing the energy security of both countries.

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli announced the start of construction on the Chinese section of the China-Russia East Route natural gas pipeline in Beijing, June 29, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

In last September, construction started on the Russian section of the East Route pipeline, also known in Russia as the Power of Siberia pipeline. As a representative of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, Zhang flew to Yakutsk in Russia to join Russian President Vladimir Putin at the inauguration ceremony.

Zhang said the two sides should advance long-term cooperation on oil, natural gas pipelines, gas development and integration of coal mining, power generation and transmission.

He said the two sides should expand all-around cooperation in the areas of investment, manufacturing capacity, finance, high-speed rail, agriculture and development of Far East region. He said the two sides should also integrate China’s Silk Road Economic Belt initiative with development of the Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union in a bid to achieve more fruits in bilateral cooperation for the benefit of the two peoples.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev joined Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli at a televised inauguration ceremony that was held simultaneously in Beijing, Moscow and the border city of Heihe in northeast China, June 29, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Medvedev said through a teleconference system that the Russia-China East Route natural gas pipeline was one of the world’s largest energy projects and a symbol of the high level of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

Medvedev said the gas pipeline will help propel economic and social development and lift people’s living standards in regions along its route in the two countries. He said the Russian side is ready to further expand all-dimensional cooperation with China so as to promote the common development and prosperity of the two countries.

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