SINGAPORE - A section of the Power of Siberia pipeline was put into operation this week, enabling Russian gas from Siberia to flow to China's eastern financial hub of Shanghai.

The Tai'an-Taixing section of the pipeline in China was operational on Dec. 7, according to a statement by the Shanghai Petroleum and Natural Gas Exchange.

The section links Tai'an in the northern Shandong province to Taixing in the eastern Jiangsu province.

Gas can now flow to Shanghai via the northeastern provinces of China, and Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, added the statement.

The Power of Siberia pipeline, also known as the China-Russia East Route natural gas pipeline, started supplying gas in 2019 and is expected to deliver its full capacity of 38 billion cubic metres a year by 2027, two years later than planned.

(Reporting by Emily Chow; Editing by Kim Coghill)