2 Jan 2011

Oil pipeline between Russia and China operating

11:43 am on 2 January 2011

The first oil pipeline between the world's biggest oil producer, Russia, and the world's biggest energy consumer, China, has begun operation.

The pipeline links refineries in Siberia with the north-eastern Chinese city of Daqing and is expected to transport 110 million barrels of crude a year for the next 20 years.

Previously, all Russian oil for China went by rail.