Myanmar-China Gas Pipeline Completed
From China Daily
by Du Juan
The Myanmar-China natural gas pipeline was completed on Sunday, further diversifying China’s sources of fuel from abroad and ensuring its energy security.
It is China’s fourth strategic energy supply channel, adding to the Russia-China oil pipeline, the Central Asia gas pipeline and the sea lane through the Malacca Strait.
As well as diversifying fuel sources, the Myanmar-China natural gas pipeline will ease the nation’s gas shortages during busy periods.
The 2,520-kilometer pipeline starts at Kyaukpyu on Myanmar’s western coast, enters China at Ruili in Yunnan province and ends at Guigang in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. It will provide natural gas to the southwestern provinces of Guangxi, Yunnan and Guizhou.
The three provinces have not had access to a natural gas pipeline until now, relying instead on liquefied natural gas from Sichuan province.
The pipeline, on which construction began in June 2010, has an annual delivery capacity of 12 billion cubic meters, and will deliver 10 billion cu m a year.
For the three Chinese provinces receiving the natural gas, the benefits will include cheaper domestic prices and greater energy supplies to the fuel industry.
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