Russia-China Eastern Complete Route Pipeline Feasibility Study

(140520) -- SHANGHAI, May 20, 2014 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin sign a joint statement aimed at expanding cooperation in all fields and coordinating diplomatic efforts to cement the China-Russia all-round strategic partnership of cooperation after their talks in Shanghai, east China, May 20, 2014. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei) (mp)

The feasibility report pertaining to Russia-China eastern route gas pipeline project has been completed and key parts of the solution have been identified, Xinhua Finance Agency reported Friday.

The preliminary design modifications are expected to be completed by end of April and Russian approval is expected to come by August.

Meanwhile, pre-trial, environmental impact assessment reports have been submitted to the relevant state departments for approval, Xinhua Finance added.

Initial construction work on the Chinese section of the pipeline commenced last year at Heihe, Heilongjiang province. The Chinese part of the pipeline will run from the China-Russian border in Heihe of Heilongjiang province and end at Shanghai, passing through nine provinces and cities including Heilongjiang, Jilin, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Hebei, Tianjin, Shandong, Jiangsu, and Shanghai. A 3,170km-long pipeline and auxiliary underground gas storages will be built.

On May 21, 2014, a gas purchase and sales contract via the eastern route pipeline was signed between CNPC and Gazprom. Under the 30-year contract, Gazprom will start transmitting gas to China via the Eastern Route from 2018, with gas delivery gradually increasing to 38 billion cubic meters per annum.

The imported gas will mainly supply China’s Northeast, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area, and the Yangtze River Delta region.