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Coronavirus gives Russia-China gas pipeline plan a burst of energy

Beijing-Washington rift helps Moscow make case for Power of Siberia sequel

Gazprom is aiming to follow up on its Power of Siberia pipeline, switched on in December, with an even bigger project.   © Reuters

MOSCOW -- Russia's plans for a second gas pipeline to China are gaining momentum despite the coronavirus pandemic -- or, some experts argue, because of it.

Gazprom has begun design and exploration work on Power of Siberia-2, a new mega-pipeline that would deliver up to 50 billion cu. meters of natural gas annually to China, the Russian state energy conglomerate revealed last week. The pipeline, if built, would more than double Russia's gas exports to its neighbor.

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