MOHE - An oil pipeline linking Russia's far east and Northeast China started operating Saturday.
At 11:50 am, Yao Wei, general manager of Pipeline Branch of Petro China Co Ltd (PBPC), pushed a button in the China-Russia border county of Mohe in Heilongjiang province, marking the official start of operations after a two-month trial.
PBPC is the operator of the Chinese section of the pipeline.
"The operation of the China-Russia crude oil pipeline is the start of a new phase in China-Russia energy cooperation," Yao said.
He said the pipeline will improve the nation's energy-imports structure and promote economic development.
The 1,000-km-long pipeline will transport 15 million tons of crude oil annually from Russia to China from 2011 to 2030.