China, Russia sign power generation deal

China, Russia sign power generation deal

China and Russia signed a power generation deal on the sidelines of the ongoing St Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday.

The deal was signed between China Yangtze Power and Russia’s EuroSibEnergo company. On Thursday, China Eximbank and Russia’s En+ Group inked an investment cooperation deal, to which EuroSibEnergo is also a party.

China Yangtze Power and EuroSibEnergo have agreed to construct three power generation facilities in eastern Siberia with a total capacity of 3 gigawatts. Two of the facilities will be hydroelectric while a third will be a natural gas-fired plant.

The power generation deal were signed by Zhang Cheng, president of China Yangtze Power and vice president of China’s Three Gorges Corporation, and Artem Volynets, director general of the En+ Group.

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A 5 billion U.S. dollars-worth cooperation deal was signed on Thursday between Russia’s En+ Group and China’s Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank or EIBC).

The China Eximbank will finance the construction of thermal and hydro power plants, the development of coal fields and iron ore mining as well as copper concentration projects in Eastern Siberia undertaken by such En+ Group companies as the EuroSibenergo, Tuva Mining and SMR.

Total installed generation capacity with the China Eximbank finance in Eastern Siberia will be 3 gigawatts.

“The agreement will significantly strengthen cooperation between Russia and China and be a milestone in the large-scale development of Eastern Siberia,” said En+ Group CEO Artem Volynets.

“China Eximbank is delighted to have partnered with En+ Group in these important projects and to have provided the financing necessary to assist in the development in Eastern Siberia,” said Li Ruogu, chairman and president of the Chinese commercial bank.

“The agreement that has been forged between our businesses is a further example of the strong ties that exist between our countries and provide further optimism for the potential for Sino-Russian cooperation in the areas of trade and economic development.”

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