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Pipeline to pump crude from Russia

09-06-2010 10:38 BJT

After over a decade of negotiation and two years of construction, China will be able to tap directly into Russia's gas output with the completion of a pipeline next month.

The China-Russia crude oil pipeline starts from Russia's Skovorodino Transmission Station and ends at Daqing City, Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, home to one of the region's major oilfields.

The pipeline stretches around 1,000 kilometers, with over 90 percent located within China.

"The pipeline will provide 15 million tons of crude oil to China each year when it starts operation, and then its transport capacity will rise sharply," the official Xinhua News Agency quoted Lv Jicheng, project manager of Mohe-Daqing part of the program, as saying Friday.

After 14 years of talks, construction of the Sino-Russian pipeline finally kicked off in May 2009. Last week, the Russian section of the long-awaited oil pipeline went into operation, a move that will allow the country to expand its oil exports away from Europe.

"For us, this is an important project because we are beginning to diversify the supply of our energy resources," Russia's Prime Minister Putin said at the opening ceremony.

"The oil pipeline will help increase China's oil supply and enhance China's international energy structure," said Wang Haiyun, senior advisor with the China Institute for International Strategic Studies.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Global Times

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