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MOSCOW, August 18. /TASS/. China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) started construction of the expansion of the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean oil pipeline (ESPO) branch pipeline, the company said on Thursday.
The length of the branch pipeline will total 940 km, capacity - 15 mln tonnes of oil per year. The work is scheduled for completion by October 2017, the commissioning is scheduled for January 1, 2018.
According to the intergovernmental agreement signed on March 22, 2013, 5 mln tonnes more will be pumped annually from the branch pipeline Skovorodino-Mohe from the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO).
Implementation of the project to expand the capacity of ESPO from 50 to 58 mln tonnes per year will increase the volume of export of Russian oil to the promising Asia-Pacific region and fulfill Russian-Chinese agreements on increasing oil supplies to China to 20 mln tonnes in year starting from January 1, 2015.
On June 21, 2013, CNPC and Rosneft signed a long-term agreement on increasing oil deliveries, planning to transport 15 million tons of crude to China annually via the Second Russia-China Crude Pipeline from January, 2018. On March 27, 2014, construction of the Second Russia-China Crude Pipeline project was approved by China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).