China interested in getting more electricity from Russia - ambassador
China would like to increase imports of electric power from Russia, Chinese ambassador Li Hui said. China generally is interested in expanding cooperation with Russia in the field of electric power, he said.
"Of course, increase [imports]. But this will not be quick, as grid infrastructure is needed. We will be expanding it gradually," the ambassador said.
The ambassador's aide for trade and economic matters said China may take part in the building of the grid infrastructure necessary for increasing imports, and is engaged in talks with Russian companies on this.
"We have advanced technology for long-distance transmission," he said.
The aide also said there is no dispute over the price of power deliveries, and it is satisfactory.
OJSC Inter RAO UES is the operator for sending electric power from Russia to China.
Official company representative Anton Nazarov said that the technology in place now allows for increasing electricity deliveries to China. However, Far East generating capacity is not sufficient.
The bulk of the power comes from OJSC RusHydro, which operates the majority of Russia's hydroelectric power plants, but that is subject to seasonal factors.
Nazarov also mentioned pricing.
"If the price suits us more, then volumes can increase, but until a certain moment as throughput ability allows," he said, adding that Inter RAO is constantly "in working, constructive contact" with China.
The press service at OJSC Eastern Energy Company, which is part of Inter RAO, said that power exports to China go via three power lines: the 110 kilovolt Blagoveschenskaya-Heihe line, the 220 kilovolt Blagoveschenskaya-Aigun line, and the 500 kilovolt Amurskaya-Heihe line.
Existing capacity makes it possible to provide power under a plan coordinated with State Grid Corporation of China.
The combined transmission capacity of the power lines makes it possible to supply up to six billion kWh per year, and the plan for this year is 3.6 billion kWh, Eastern Energy Company said.
Eastern Energy Company was set up specially to supply power to China.
It started delivering to Mongolia in small amounts in 2011. The company buys up over-plan power that is not needed in Russia.
The long-term contract with State Grid Corporation of China, for roughly 100 billion kWh, was inked in February of last year.