Russia's Gazprom eyes capacity increase on China gas export link

16/04/2020 09:29 Natural Gas


Russia's Gazprom is working to boost the capacity of its landmark gas pipeline to China -- the Power of Siberia -- as it looks to ramp up flows via the line.

The pipeline, whose design capacity is 38 Bcm/year, started commercial flows at a rate of some 10 million cu m/d in December last year and will increase flows gradually over the coming years.


Gazprom said in a statement it continues to ramp up its production and gas transmission capacities in the east of the country to boost flows to China, including bringing production at the pipeline's main source -- the Chayandinskoye field -- to its maximum.


It also plans to complete the construction of the second compressor station on the Power of Siberia line, named Ivan Moskvitin, before the end of 2020.


The Power of Siberia underwent two weeks of planned maintenance that started on March 16 and was completed on March 31, which coincided with China's PetroChina declaring force majeure on some import obligations due to the coronavirus outbreak.


Gazprom looks to bring the Power of Siberia to its 38 Bcm/year capacity, gas from the Kovykta field will be added to the flow from the end of 2022.


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