Russia says getting closer to deal on new gas route to China
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Russia is getting
closer to concluding a deal on a new route for transporting gas
to China, its energy minister said on Wednesday.
That comes as the Chinese government has been pushing to
switch businesses and households to gas and away from coal for
heating as part of its war on pollution.
"Yesterday, during the talks with China's Xi (Jinping), the
Chinese head set the task of concluding the agreement of a
contract on gas supplies via the western route in the nearest
future," Alexander Novak, Russia's energy minister, told a
conference in Vladivostok in the far east of Russia.
"All the technical conditions have been agreed," he added.
Talks on the proposed route have been on and off over the last
Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Chinese
counterpart, Xi Jinping, on Tuesday in Vladivostok.
The so-called western route would come in the wake of an
East Siberian route through which Russian gas giant Gazprom
is due to start supplying China with natural gas in
December 2019, increasing volumes gradually to 38 billion cubic
metres per year.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin
Editing by Joseph Radford)
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