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China-Myanmar gas pipeline fully operational
October 20, 2013, 1:49 pm

The project is billed as one of energy-hungry China’s most important strategic investments [AP]

The project is billed as one of energy-hungry China’s most important strategic investments [AP]

The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) said Sunday that the China-Myanmar gas pipeline has gone into full operation after the completion of its end section connecting the cities of Lufeng and Guigang in southwest China.

Some 793 km of the 2,520 km trunk line are in Myanmar, while the rest is in China.

The project is billed as one of energy-hungry China’s most important strategic investments.

The pipeline is expected to send 12 billion cubic metres of natural gas annually to Myanmar and southwest China, which will reduce coal consumption by 30.72 million tonnes per year, says CNPC.

Wu Hong, general manager of the CNPC’s pipeline construction department, said the China-Myanmar gas pipeline will be linked with the pipeline that sends gas from China’s remote northwest to the east coast.

Construction of the gas pipeline began in 2010.

China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) is China’s top oil and gas producer and owns the pipelines.

It is part of the $2.5 billion Myanmar-China Oil and Gas Pipeline project, which also includes building a crude oil pipeline.

The Myanmar section of the gas pipeline started to deliver gas to China in late July.

Two million tonnes of crude oil and 20 per cent of the designed throughput of gas will be offloaded in Myanmar.

Source: Agencies

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