Russia is set to increase natural gas exports to China over the next five years as additional supply and more infrastructures come on line.

Based on Russia’s natural gas development plan out to 2035, its Energy Ministry has planned to raise gas exports to China from the 38 billion cubic metres expected this year to 43 Bcm per annum by 2025 — an increase of 13%.

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The volume will be further expanded to 46.5 Bcma by 2035, according to Russian news outlet Sputnik.

The Russian gas is sent to China via a 2200-kilometre transnational gas pipeline that runs eastward from Gazprom’s Chayanda field to the Chinese boarder in Heilongjiang province.

To ensure more gas supply to China, Russian contractor Stroytransneftegaz has started laying the first section of pipeline along a route in East Siberia that will connect Gazprom's Chayanda and Kovykta gas fields.