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ST. PETERSBURG, May 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian energy giant Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) preliminarily agreed on $25 billion advanced payment on the gas contract, Gazprom Export CEO Alexander Medvedev told reporters on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday.landmark gas contract signed May 21. According to the minister, it will be about $350 per 1,000 cubic meters.
“Gazprom representatives said that the price of deliveries is a commercial secret. In my estimates, it will stand at about $350,” Ulyukayev said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. The price is lower than the average gas price for the EU.
Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) signed a 30-year contract on Russian natural gas supplies to China via the eastern route worth a total of $400 billion. The document was signed in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
Putin said after the signing ceremony that Russia and China would also start to work on the western route of natural gas deliveries to China from Western Siberia.
The Russian government may introduce preferences on the mineral extraction tax (MET) for producers of gas to be supplied to China only after a thorough discussion, Ulyukayev added.
On Wednesday, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said that the deposits producing gas to be supplied to China will have MET preferences.
“This issue must be discussed. I think that the Finance Ministry will have a different point of view,” Ulyukayev said.
The minister also said that the supplies to China will be profitable.