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In the Ministry of Energy of Russia, coal projects were discussed with partners from the PRC

Minister of Energy of Russia Alexander Novak and Deputy Head of the State Energy Administration of the People's Republic of China Shi Yuebo held the third meeting of the Russian-Chinese working group on cooperation in the coal sector. This is reported on the website of the Ministry of Energy.

At the meeting, a "Road Map" was signed for the development of Russian-Chinese cooperation in the coal sector until 2015. The document was signed by the Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Anatoly Yanovsky and the Deputy Head of the State Energy Administration of the PRC Shi Yubo. The Road Map provides for the participation of the largest Chinese companies in projects in Russia. In particular, we are talking about the participation of Chinese companies in projects for the development of new technologies for coal processing and the supply of mining and other equipment produced by the PRC to Russia, and an increase in the supply of coal products from Russia to China.

According to Alexander Novak, the volume of coal supplies from Russia to China is constantly increasing: “In 2013, exports amounted to about 27 million tons, which exceeded the planned volumes. In the first six months of 2014, exports amounted to about 15 million tons, 17% more than in the same period last year. This is undoubtedly a good result. Today our key task is the development and implementation of new projects, ”the minister is quoted as saying. According to him, it is necessary to accelerate cooperation between Russia and China on the joint development of the Zashulan deposit in the Trans-Baikal Territory and the Ogodzhinsky coal deposit in the Amur Region.

The head of the Ministry of Transport expressed concern about the decrease in coal supplies by rail through the Russian-Chinese border crossings. If in 2013 about 6 million tons of coal were delivered by rail, then for six months of 2014 - less than 2 million tons, which is 30% less. Also, the head of the Ministry of Energy was concerned about the decision of the Chinese authorities to abolish the zero duty rate on coal imports from October 15, 2014, "which makes some joint projects unprofitable." The Russian side proposed to the Chinese colleagues to prepare an intergovernmental agreement stipulating the procedure for the development and approval of long-term indicative balances of coal supplies to the PRC from Russia. The agreement should take into account the supply of coal of various grades, modes of transport and other details, including the joint development of coal deposits in Russia and the preservation of a zero rate on the import of coal into China from Russia.

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