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MOSCOW, October 10. /TASS/. Russia’s gas giant Gazprom is ready to look at possibilities of supplying pipeline gas to China as an alternative to the project Vladivostok LNG, Gazprom said on Friday after its CEO Alexei Miller’s visit to China.
“Gazprom is ready to consider possible pipeline gas exports to China as an alternative to the Vladivostok LNG project,” Miller said after his visit. He stressed that while in China he had discussed prospects for Gazprom’s liquefied natural gas exports to China.
Apart from that Gazprom said that China planed to sign an intergovernmental agreement on gas supplies via the Sila Sibiri gas pipeline (the so-called eastern route) in the nearest future.
“The document is at a final stage and may be signed in the nearest future. The meeting focused on further steps to prepare the project for gas supplies via the “western route.” The key documents will be signed: an intergovernmental agreement, a commercial contract and a technical agreement,” Gazprom said.
While in China, Miller met with chairman of the board of directors of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Zhou Jiping to discuss the implementation of a project for Russian gas supplies to China via the “eastern route.” The sides agreed that the project proceeded as scheduled. Apart from that, Miller and Zhou Jiping discussed in detail the schedule of further talks on the signing of a contract for Russian gas supplies to China via the “western route.”
At a meeting with chairman of the board of directors of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) Wang Yilin, Miller discussed prospects of Gazprom’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies to China. It was noted that CNOOC had a vast experience in prospecting and development of shelf fields and in the construction of sea pipelines.
The top priority at the talks was paid to the “western route.” A contract is being prepared for the supplies of 30 billion cubic metres of gas a year. The project Altai has a very high degree of readiness for the launch of construction works. Further on, the pipeline’s second and third sections may be added, thus bringing its capacity up to 100 billion cubic metres a year.
The “western route” provides for the supplies of gas from Western Siberia to China. The Vladivostok LNG project provides for the construction of two pipelines with a capacity of five million tonnes each. The first line is planned to be launched in 2018.