China, Russia Oil Pipeline Starts Trial Operation

Russia’s crude oil started flowing into China through a pipeline linking Russia’s far east to China’s northeast as the two countries began testing the pipeline Monday evening, state media here reported. The crude oil will arrive at Mohe on Tuesday morning, the first of terminal of the pipeline in China, said an official with China National Petroleum Corp., the operator of the Chinese branch of the pipeline, according to /Xinhua/ News Agency. Russia is one of major crude suppliers to China, the world’s second-biggest oil consumer. China plans to import 250,000 tons of crude from Russia in November and 300,000 tons in December, the report said, adding that the pipeline will bring 15 million tons of crude oil across the border annually beginning Jan. 1, 2011. The pipeline is a branch of Russia’s 4000-km-long East Siberia to Pacific Ocean Pipeline which runs from Taishet in Eastern Siberia to the Pacific port of Kozmino. According to an agreement between Russia and China, the pipeline will transport 15 million tons of crude oil annually from Russia to China from 2011 to 2030. However, the pipeline is capable of pumping twice that amount into China annually. (QNA)