At their working meeting, the chairman of the Board of the joint-stock company Gazprom, Alexei Miller, and the president of the Chinese National Oil and Gas corporation, Ma Fucai, discussed possibilities of delivering Russian gas to China and to other countries of the Asia-Pacific region, the Gazprom press service reported.
It underscores that the heads of the two companies also discussed the state and the prospects of the development of cooperation on the project of the West - East gas pipeline. This project provides for the development of the Tarim deposit in China, the construction and the running of the gas pipeline of about 4,000 kilometres, and the realisation of gas in the eastern regions of China.
The first stage of the project envisages the production and transportation of 12 billion cubic metres of gas per year. The participants in the project are the Gazprom, Shell, Exxon/Mobil and PetroChina, a subsidiary of the Chinese National Oil and Gas Corporation.
During their meeting the sides also touched upon the issues concerning the programme for the creation in Easter Siberia and in the Far East of a unified system of the production and transportation of gas and of gas deliveries. The Gazprom is the coordinator of this programme.