Gazprom and China sign Memorandum of Understanding for gas deliveries via eastern route
Today in the Kremlin Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Zhou Jiping, CNPC President signed in the presence of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation and Xi Jinping, President the People’s Republic of China the Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation between the two companies in pipeline gas deliveries to China via the eastern route.
“The signed document is of long-term strategic nature, it determines the parameters of Russian natural gas supplies to China via the eastern route and establishes the framework for a 30-year contract for gas supplies from Russia to China,” said Alexey Miller.
CNPC is China’s largest petroleum company wholly-owned by the state and is one of the world's leading integrated oil and gas production companies.
Gazprom and CNPC signed the Agreement of Strategic Cooperation on October 14, 2004. Among other things, the Agreement stipulates examining issues in respect of natural gas deliveries to be effected by Gazprom from Russia to China. The opportunities are also being explored for joint gas processing and gas chemical projects in Eastern Russia and third countries. The Joint Coordinating Committee was set up to supervise the Agreement implementation. The Committee resolved to set up a Joint Working Group to ensure day-to-day execution of the Agreement as well as working groups responsible for major joint businesses.
In October 2009 Gazprom and CNPC inked the Framework Agreement on the major terms and conditions of natural gas supplies from Russia to China. In September 2010 the detailed Heads of Agreement on gas supplies from Russia to China was signed.