BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- China's oil giant
Sinopec Group has signed a $70 billion oil and natural gas agreement with Iran,
which is China's biggest energy deal with the No. 2 OPEC producer.
Under a memorandum of understanding signed Thursday, Sinopec Group will buy 250 million tons of liquefied natural
gas over 30 years from Iran and develop the giant Yadavaran field.
Iran is also committed to export 150,000 barrels per
day of crude oil to China for 25 years at market prices after commissioning of
Iran's oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, who is on a
two-day visit to Beijing pursuing closer ties, said Iran is China's biggest oil
supplier and wants to be its long-term business partner.
Official figures show that China imported 226 million
tons of oil in2003, about 13 percent of which coming from Iran.
Beijing expects to secure foreign energy supplies by
the deals for its economy, which has turned China into a major oil importer but
suffers severe power shortages.