Russian Deputy PM Novak sure of Chinese demand for gas from Power of Siberia 2
ASHGABAT. Jan 19 (Interfax) - Russian gas from the Power of Siberia 2 pipeline will be in demand on the Chinese market, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said.
"We without doubt view this project as a main one within the framework of developing cooperation with our partners from the People's Republic of China. All necessary work is currently underway, and Gazprom is continuing negotiations with Chinese partners. You know that a technical and economic feasibility study and design work for the pipeline through Mongolia are being carried out. The project is very promising. We believe that it will be in demand amid growth in gas consumption," Novak told journalists on the sidelines of a Russian-Turkmen business forum in Ashgabat.
"We believe that the fields in Eastern Siberia on the whole should be used across the board for the domestic market and for the possibility of filling up pipeline infrastructure. This is all being considered within the framework of the development of gas transport infrastructure on the whole. And the Energy Ministry is working through this issue now," Novak said in response to a question on the prospects for gas supplies from independent producers through the pipeline.