As Europe freezes due to lack of energy, Russia nears completion of gas mega-pipeline to China
The massive East Route gas pipeline project from Russia to China is almost done
, we are told, now that a crucial section of it that will soon route gas into the economic powerhouse metropolis of Shanghai has been announced as completed.
While Europe needlessly suffers through a self-induced deindustrialization crisis
due to its pro-Ukraine sanctions against Russia, China will soon have access to all the cheap Russian gas it wants that Europe is rejecting – all to the detriment of the West.
The 5,111 km (3,176 mi.) cross-border pipeline enters China through the border city of Heihe in northeastern Heilongjiang Province. From there, it runs through nine provincial regions, supplying gas all along the way to major cities like Tianjin and Beijing.
The project connects with the 3,000 km (1,864 mi.) Power of Siberia pipeline in Russia. It was launched in December 2019 right as the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) "pandemic" was being launched, which is curious timing.
The East Route pipeline will be the first ever to supply Russian gas to China. It is expected to be fully completed and operational in 2025, providing China with 38 billion cubic meters per year of Russian natural gas.
The first portions of the pipeline will be ready to use starting in 2024, which is right around the time that some expect Western world dominance to be mostly decimated. Once China gets access to all that cheap Russian gas, it is likely to be game over
for the West.
Next phase of Russian gas deliveries to China will route through Mongolia
PipeChina claims that these forecasted deliveries of natural gas from Russia to China will help the latter reduce its carbon dioxide "emissions" to 164 million tons per year.
Having the East Route pipeline fully operational is expected to increase China's energy security and economic development, particularly in the eastern portion of the country.
The project is part of a $400 billion, 30-year agreement between Russian gas giant Gazprom and the China National Petroleum Corporation, which was signed in May 2014.
With the East Route pipeline approaching completion, the two entities plan to forge another gas pipeline project via a western route. That one will weave its way through the territory of Mongolia, allowing for as much as 50 billion cubic meters per year of gas to flow into Western China.
"Meanwhile, the EU (European Union) is obsessed with greenhouse emissions and now buys liquefied natural gas from the U.S.," wrote a commenter in jest at the stupidity of Western leaders in this entire scenario.
"LNG is a far worse 'pollutant' than the ordinary gas from Russia that they used to get," this person added.
Another pointed out that the sabotage plot to destroy the Nord Stream pipelines from Russia to Europe "did not work, unless the blowing up of the NS2 pipes was about hurting Germany."
The sheer length of the East Route pipeline, added another, displays "engineering at its best," seeing as how 5,000 km is "something like two times the length of South Africa."
Others speculated that China and Russia had better keep a close eye on these new pipelines, otherwise they, too, will end up getting sabotaged "by the U.S. and some NATO / Euro countries," one specified.
"Russia and China treat their neighbors with respect, therefore they get respect," noted someone else, contrasting this with how the U.S. and some European countries mistreat theirs.
"The western countries including the U.S., dictate to their neighbors what to do, therefore they don't get respect!" wrote another commenter. "They have to buy their friends!"
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