zerohedge, — Nov 7, 2014
Russia, China Sign Second Mega-Gas Deal:
Beijing Becomes Largest Buyer Of Russian Gas
As we previewed on Friday (Nov 7), when we reported that „Russia Nears Completion Of Second „Holy Grail“ Gas Deal With China
„, moments ago during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum taking place this weekend in Beijing, Russia and China signed 17 documents Sunday, greenlighting a second „mega“ Russian natural gas to China via the so-called „western“ or „Altay“ route, which as previously reported, would supply 30 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year to China.
Among the documents signed between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping were the memorandum on the delivery of Russian natural gas to China via the western route, the framework agreement on gas supplies between Russia’s Gazprom and China’s CNPC and the memorandum of under-standing between the Russian energy giant and the Chinese state-owned oil and gas corporation.
“We have reached an understanding in principle concerning the opening of the western route,” Putin said. “We have already agreed on many technical and commercial aspects of this project, laying a good basis for reaching final arrangements.”
RIA adds, citing Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller
, that the documents signed by Russia and China on Sunday define the western route as a priority project for the gas cooperation between the two countries.
„First of all these documents stipulate that the „western route“ is becoming a priority project for our gas cooperation,“ Miller said, adding that the documents provide for the export of 30 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to China annually for a 30-year period.
Miller noted that with the increase of deliveries via the western route, the total volume of Russian gas deliveries to China may exceed the current levels of export to Europe in the medium-term perspective. In other words, China has now eclipsed Europe as Russia’s biggest, and most strategic natural gas client