MOSCOW, June 29. /TASS/. The Power of Siberia pipeline is expected to be put into operation in 2018, according to the materials released at the ceremony marking the start of pipeline construction in China.
The launch of the pipeline will be aligned with the commissioning of the infrastructure on the territory of China.
Earlier Deputy CEO of Russia’s gas giant Gazprom Alexander Medvedev said that China is no longer interested in postponing the commission the Power of Siberia. He said that the Chinese partners would like to complete the work on their territory simultaneously with the end of the construction on the Russian territory - in 4 years.
On May 21, 2014, Russia’s natural gas monopoly Gazprom and China’s CNPC signed an agreement of the purchase and sale of gas on the "Eastern route." The contract, signed for 30 years, envisages the supply of Russian gas to China in the amount of 38 billion cubic meters per year. The "Eastern route" provides for the delivery to China of gas from the Yakutia and Irkutsk gas production centers through the Power of Siberia main pipeline.