Gazprom Resumes Power of Siberia Supplies After Maintenance Break

Russia’s Gazprom said on Wednesday that it restarted natural gas deliveries to China following the completion of regular maintenance at the Power of Siberia pipeline, RIA Novosti reports.

The pipeline had been shut since mid-March as the Russian energy giant and China’s CNPC agreed that it would undergo a maintenance check-up twice a year (every spring and autumn).

“Gas supplies to Chinese consumers have been resumed and are going as usual,” Gazprom’s press service said.

Gazprom and CNPC signed an agreement on gas supplies to China via the eastern route in May 2014. It was concluded for 30 years and envisages an annual supply of 38 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to China.

The Power of Siberia pipeline was launched in December, delivering 328 million cubic meters of gas to China. The 3,000-kilometer (1,864 miles) pipeline is set to bring 38 billion cubic meters of the blue fuel to the country by 2025.

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