Russia to China pipeline will replace Nord Stream 2 gas line to Europe

Russia to China pipeline will replace Nord Stream 2 gas line to Europe

 A third Russian gas supply to the European Union has passed through a strategic pipeline linking Russia with Germany. Earlier, Minister Novak on the sidelines of a meeting in Uzbekistan said Russia and China would soon sign an agreement on the delivery of 50 billion cubic meters of gas per year via the Force 2 pipeline in Siberia. 

This volume will represent Nord Stream 1's maximum capacity, totaling 55 billion cubic meters, which has been closed since September 2. The Russian pipeline to China will replace the Nord Stream 2 gas line to Europe that was abandoned amid the Ukraine conflict, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Thursday. Reported by CNA, Friday (16/9), Minister Novak when asked in an interview with Rossiya-1 television, whether Russia will replace the European NS2 with Force Siberia 2 Asia, he answered, "Yes". As such, the channel will replace the long-standing German-backed NS 2 project Washington sees dimly, and has been phased out by the West since Russia's incursion into Ukraine began in late February. 

Russian gas exports to the EU will decline by about 50 billion cubic meters by 2022, Novak said. Force Siberia 2 will supply energy to China partly via Mongolia. The construction process will start in 2024. Connecting the Kovytka field near the Baikal fund to the pipeline in early 2023 will help achieve improvements. At the same time, Novak said, Gazprom, operator of the Force Siberia 1 pipeline linking the Chaindina field to northeastern China since late 2019, will increase its shipments to reach 20 billion cubic meters of gas annually. 

The two sides also signed an agreement to build a new transit route from Vladivostok in far eastern Russia to northern China, bringing in an additional 10 billion cubic meters of gas, Russia's energy minister said Thursday. By 2025, when it reaches its maximum capacity, the pipeline will produce 61 billion cubic meters of gas per year, more than the NS 1.38 billion cubic meters that will flow to China under a 2014 contract signed by Gazprom and its Chinese partner CNPC.

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