00:48 GMT02 August 2021
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    Gazprom is ready to start deliveries to China via the Western route after the pipeline is ready, according to the statement of the company.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian energy giant Gazprom is ready to start deliveries to China via the Western route immediately after the pipeline is ready, the company said Friday.

    "Gazprom is ready to start the deliveries once the pipeline is ready," the company said in a statement.

    "At the same time, the Power of Siberia project will not be affected by the Western route plans," the statement quotes CEO Alexei Miller as saying. "Gazprom will fulfill its obligations on schedule."

    Earlier in the day, Gazprom CEO and vice-president of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Wang Dongjin signed an agreement, defining the conditions of natural gas supplies from Russia to China via the Western route.

    The western route implies the construction of a gas pipeline capable of transporting 30 billion cubic meters of gas annually from West Siberia to China.

    An earlier agreed eastern pipeline, the Power of Siberia, is projected to supply 38 billion cubic meters of gas per year over a 30-year period beginning 2018.


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