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    Gazprom Finishes Filling Power of Siberia


The pipeline to China is on track for first gas flows on December 1.

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Gazprom Finishes Filling Power of Siberia

Russia’s Gazprom has completed filling its 38bn m3/yr Power of Siberia pipeline to China with gas, as it prepares to launch gas supplies on December 1.

Gas from the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia – Power of Siberia’s primary resource base – has reached a metering station in Blagoveshchensk near the Chinese border, the company said late on October 29. Gazprom only began filling operations a few weeks ago.

“Power of Siberia’s linear part is thus ready for the commencement of Russian pipeline gas supplies to China,” it said. “The next step is to feed gas into the transborder crossing under the Amur River.”

Shipments to China will be made under a contract Gazprom signed with Beijing’s state-owned CNPC in 2014, valued at $400bn. Commissioning operations are currently underway at Chayandinskoye, which will flow 25bn m3/yr at peak capacity. Gazprom plans to support supplies with the launch in 2023 of a second field in Irkutsk, Kovyktinskoye, which should yield the same amount of gas as Chayandinskoye.