China completes cross-border power transmission
project with Russia
Jan 03, 2012 -- Xinhua - pro.energycentral.com
State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the country's
largest power supplier, said Sunday it has put to
trial operation a cross-border electricity transmission
project in northeastern Heilongjiang province to
supply Chinese with Russia's electric power exports.
The electric power SGCC purchased from Russia began
reaching Chinese customers late Saturday night after
the completion of the direct-current back-to-back
networking substation, or called "the trans-Amur
project" by Russians, SGCC said in a statement
on its website.
The trial operation will last 168 hours, SGCC said
in the statement.
With a transmission capacity of 750 mega-watts,
the electricity transmission project is China's biggest
cross-border power line, according to SGCC.
"The implementation of the project will gain
experience for the expansion of Sino-Russian energy
cooperation and help promote the economic development
for both countries," SGCC said.
The project is also part of the Sino-Russian energy
and trade cooperation.
Russian Deputy Energy Minister Andrei Shishkin said
in June 2011 that the transmission project would
increase Russia's power supply to five or six billion
kilowatt hours of electricity to China and Russia
intended to increase its electricity supply to China
in the coming years.
Russian companies plan export 60 billion kwh of
electricity to China by 2020. Power plants will be
built along its border with China to reduce power
transmission losses and reduce transportation costs.
Also on Sunday, an oil pipeline linking Russia's
far east and northeast China witnessed its one year
anniversary of operation, as operators announced
an accumulated 15 million tonnes of oil had been
transported into China in 2011.