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Belt and Road Forum fuels energy deals

By Zheng Xin | China Daily Africa | Updated: 2017-05-21 09:41

China has agreed to a group of energy deals worth $20 billion (17.9 billion euros, ��15.4 billion) with economies participating in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which ended in Beijing on May 15, according to the head of China National Petroleum Corp, the country's biggest oil and gas company.

Deals signed during the forum included Saudi Arabian Oil Co taking a stake in CNPC's Yunnan refinery, a $4 billion agreement for a natural gas processing plant in Azerbaijan with State Oil Co of Azerbaijan, gas storage and gas-fired power projects with Russia's Gazprom PJSC, and a geothermal project in Kenya, it said.

"CNPC will deepen cooperation with economies participating in the Belt and Road Initiative in the oil and gas sector, consistently promoting energy and infrastructure cooperation," says Wang Yilin, CNPC chairman, during the Belt and Road Roundtable for oil and gas cooperation in Beijing on May 16.

Oil majors from Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Sudan, Myanmar and China participated in the roundtable.

Zhao Huirong, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said energy cooperation is the highlight of the Belt and Road Initiative, and the energy sector offers promising returns in overseas cooperation.

CNPC currently has more than 50 joint projects underway in 19 countries and regions participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iraq, Iran, Indonesia and Singapore.

It said that its equity oil and gas production exceeded 59 million metric tons in 2016.

It is also looking forward to oil and gas cooperation with the United States, as it is seeking to import more crude oil and natural gas from the country and is considering participating in US liquefied naturalgas exports.

As China, the world's biggest energy consumer, looks to further diversify its crude supply, the US is likely to be one of these sources due to its rich oil and gas resources.

Wang said CNPC should speed up cooperation with resource countries to develop assets to meet China's growing need for oil and gas.

China overtook the US as the world's biggest oil importer in October, and it surpassed Canada as the top buyer of US crude in February.

Li Li, energy research director at ICIS China, a consulting company on China's energy market, said US natural gas is reasonably priced, and it is mutually beneficial to carry out oil and gas cooperation.

zhengxin@chinadaily.com.cn

 Belt and Road Forum fuels energy deals

Workers at the Mtwara natural gas project in Tanzania. The pipeline, constructed by China National Petroleum Corp, is one of the projects in the Belt and Road countries and regions. Zhang Ping / Xinhua

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