Natural gas exports from Russia to China via the Power of Siberia pipeline will be halted later this month for a routine maintenance, Russian media reported earlier this week.
According to the reports, which includes state-owned news agency RIA Novosti, Gazprom and CNPC agreed to carry out a maintenance check-up in the second half of March. The exact dates are yet to be agreed on, Kallanish Energy understands.
With an export capacity of 38 billion cubic meters per year, the Power of Siberia is the first-ever pipeline to supply Russian gas directly to China. The eastern route project was commissioned in December and is supported by a 30-year deal with China’s CNPC.
As China battles the coronavirus outbreak, demand for natural gas and liquefied natural gas declined and storage rose. As a consequence, Chinese companies are said to be using force majeure certificates issued by the government to cancel and delay gas shipments.
Russian producers Gazprom and Novatek have said exports to China continued as planned.
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