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CNPC To Start Laying Second China-Russia Oil Pipeline

China’s biggest oil and gas producer says it is planning to start laying a second domestic oil pipeline in June that will allow increasing Russian crude supplies.

CNPC said on May 12 that the 942-kilometer pipeline between the border city of Mohe and Daqing in northeastern China is expected to be completed by October 2017.

The project runs parallel to an existing spur off of Russia’s East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline.

The two pipelines will have a combined annual capacity of 30 million metric tons of oil.

Russia started sending crude supplies to China from the spur off the ESPO pipeline in 2011.

The two neighbors are also considering building a second natural-gas pipeline to transport as much as 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually from West Siberia to China over 30 years.

Based on reporting by Bloomberg