This kind of co-operation could set a good precedent for the SCO partnership, the prime minister said.
Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft has applied for permission to transport 1.2 million tons/yr of oil via the Kazakhstan-China pipeline in 2006. Currently, Rosneft transports its oil to China by rail: this year, the company will deliver 4 million tons of oil to China.
Lukoil, another Russian oil giant, has also showed an interest in the pipeline, which is to begin operations on 1 January, 2006. It will eventually have a capacity around 20 million tons/yr, but initially carry 10 million tons/yr.