Beijing, February 18 - Neftegaz.RU. A Gazprom delegation headed by Alexey Miller, CEO of Gazprom, paid a working visit to China on February 15.
As part of the visit, a meeting between Alexey Miller and Wang Yilin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CNPC, took place in Beijing. The parties reviewed a wide range of issues related to cooperation between the companies, focusing on the ongoing preparations for the start of gas supplies to China via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.
Particular attention at the meeting was paid to the planned deliveries of Russian gas to China from the Far East and via the western route. It was noted that in 2018 China became the world's largest natural gas importer. Its imports totaled 125.7 billion m3, a 31 % increase (30.3 billion m3) against 2017.
This growth was achieved primarily through LNG, since China is currently unable to satisfy the rising gas demand using the existing gas pipelines. As Alexey Miller said after the negotiations, «Construction of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline is going ahead of schedule, and Gazprom will start delivering gas to China well in advance, as early as December 1, 2019.»
Alexey Miller and Wang Yilin also discussed their companies' collaboration in the areas of gas-fired power generation, use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, underground gas storage, and science and culture.
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