MOSCOW, 20 Sep — PRIME. Gas deliveries to China via the Power of Siberia will be suspended on September 22-29 due to scheduled maintenance of the gas pipeline, Gazprom said.
“From September 22 to September 29, planned maintenance work will be carried out on the Power of Siberia gas pipeline. Gas transportation will be temporarily suspended for this period,” the company reports in its official Telegram channel.
The company clarified that in accordance with the gas purchase and sale agreement along the “eastern route” between Gazprom and the Chinese company CNPC, preventive maintenance of the equipment and systems of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline is carried out twice a year: in spring and autumn
“The Power of Siberia” consists of two sections – from the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia to Blagoveshchensk (border with China) with a length of about 2200 kilometers and from the Kovykta field to Chayandinskoye – almost 800 kilometers. The first section was built in five years and launched in 2019, the second is planned to be put into operation in early 2023.
The first pipeline deliveries of gas from Russia to China – via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline – began at the end of 2019 and amounted to 4.1 billion cubic meters in 2020, and increased two and a half times in 2021.
As Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak reported on September 15, the Russian Federation is increasing gas supplies to China through the Power of Siberia, in 2022 they are expected at the level of 20 billion cubic meters. This is more than the plan announced a few years ago. Initially, Gazprom expected to supply China with up to 5 billion cubic meters of gas in 2020, up to 10 billion in 2021, and up to 15 billion in 2022. The company intended to reach the design capacity of 38 billion cubic meters by 2025. They also discussed increasing supplies to 44 billion cubic meters of gas per year.