Construction of China-Myanmar pipeline to complete

2013-01-17 02:22:11 GMT2013-01-17 10:22:11(Beijing Time)

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

Construction of the China- Myanmar Pipeline is expected to be completed on May 30 this year in accordance with the agreement between the Chinese and Myanmar governments. By then, the pipeline will become China's fourth largest route of oil and gas imports.

The oil and gas pipeline will go into trial operation upon completion of the project, said a Chinese official from Yunnan province, which borders northern Myanmar.

It’s reported that the line will enable an annual supply of 10 million tons’ crude oil, mainly from the Middle East and Africa.

Construction of the Yunnan Branch of the Myanmar-China gas pipeline and Yunnan Urban Gas Project commenced in Anning City in December last year.

China National Petroleum Corporation ( CNPC) and the Yunnan Provincial Government signed a strategic co-operation framework agreement in 2010. Construction of the gas pipeline and urban gas project is a concrete step forward taken by the two sides.

With CNPC as the constructor and major investor, the project has a total investment of approximately $US738 million, and is designed to include 21 branch lines totaling 1,700 km and 13 urban gas projects, covering 15 prefectures and cities.

Six of the branch lines will be put into operation together with the trunk of the Myanmar-China Gas Pipeline before June 2013.

It is estimated that by 2020, the total deliverable of the pipe network in Yunnan will reach 7 Bcm/a.

Editor: Mei Jingya
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