Construction work started on the middle section of a major China-Russia energy cooperation project on Thursday. Starting from Northeast China's Jilin Province and ending in North China's Hebei Province, the section is expected to alleviate natural gas shortages in Northeast China and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, China Central Television (CCTV) reported.
The 1,110-kilometer section is expected to be completed in October 2020, said the report.
"China and Russia enjoy a stable relationship, and they have been comprehensive strategic partners of coordination in various spheres," Lin Boqiang, dean of the China Institute for Studies in Energy Policy at Xiamen University, told the Global Times on Thursday.
The huge pipeline project is intended to stabilize China's energy supply through cooperation with a stable partner, Lin said, especially as China's demand for natural gas still has huge growth potential.
Source: Global Times - http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1156811.shtml