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Operations begin for second Russia-China pipeline

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On 1 January 2018, the second line of the Russia-China pipeline began operation.

The pipeline is approximately 932 km in length and carries crude oil from the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (EPSO) system. It travels from Mohe, located near the Russian border, to Daqing.

This new line is set to double China’s annual imports, from 15 million t to 30 million t. Chinese National Petroleum Company stated that the line will fill northeast China’s crude supply gap. It is also considered to be a major project in developing energy co-operation between China and Russia.

This second pipeline has made Russia the largest exporter of crude oil to China, beating Saudi Arabia as the country’s primary supplier. Additionally, Chief Information Officer of China Energy Net Consulting Han Xiaoping stated: "Apart from the two pipelines, China also imports a large amount of crude oil through freight trains from Russia.”

By December 2019, Russia also intends to begin selling natural gas to Far East Asia through its Power of Siberia pipeline.

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