CONSTRUCTION of the Tongjiang-Nizhneleninskoye railway bridge is expected to be completed this year, together with other cross border infrastructure programmes aimed at enhancing China's connectivity with Russia, central Europe and central Asia, according to senior officials of Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, speaking to international media.
The Tongjiang-Nizhneleninskoye bridge crosses the Amur River, in the far northeast corner of China.
In addition, several hundred kilometres up the Amur River, between the towns of Heihe and Blagoveshchensk, construction on a road bridge began in 2017.
Chinese media reported Alexander Galushka, minister of development of the Russian Far East, as saying that the Heihe-Blagoveshchensk highway bridge will be open for traffic in late 2019.
Heilongjiang's trade with Russia reached US$11 billion in 2017, a 20% year-on-year increase and accounted for one-seventh of total China-Russia trade. Galushka said the more cross-border infrastructure linkages, the greater the opportunities for increasing the flow of goods between the Russian Far East and China.
Heilonjiang is part of the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor and is also an important link for energy supplies from Russia to China.
The Russian East Siberia Pacific Ocean oil pipeline runs close to the border with Heilonjiang on its way to Vladivostok. It is operated by Transneft. A line has been in operation running down into Daqing since 2011, operated by China National Petroleum Corporation.
A second pipeline began commercial operations on January 1, allowing annual imports of Russian crude oil to be doubled from 15 million to 30 million tonnes annually via the pipeline. Rosneft is the supplier of the crude via the ESPO pipeline, and PetroChina is the buyer. The oil is being processed at three Chinese refineries.