By WAYNE MA
BEIJING -- China National Petroleum said that its
Myanmar-China natural gas pipeline has started formal
The pipeline, which took three years to complete, is 793 km
long, passes through four Chinese provinces and can ship up
to 12 Bcm of gas each year to China's southwestern Yunnan
province, CNPC said in an in-house newsletter. A similar
pipeline for transporting crude oil is expected to begin
The two pipelines have attracted protests in both countries
al and safety concerns.
In May 2013, Chinese protesters demanded authorities scrap
plans to build a refinery
base near Kunming
in southwest China to process crude piped in from Myanmar.
CNPC said an official ceremony to mark the start of the gas
pipeline was held in Mandalay, with Myanmar's vice president,
CNPC's president and the Chinese ambassador to Myanmar among
the attendees. Construction
of the pipeline was
completed in May 2013, and trial operations began in mid July
2013, it said.
The $2.5 billion Myanmar-China gas pipeline is part of
China's overall strategy to boost and diversify imports of
the cleaner burning fuel. China has targeted increasing
natural gas's contribution to the country's energy mix to 10%
by 2020 from less than 5% now. Although China imports LNG
from many countries including Indonesia, Australia and Qatar,
it has only imported natural gas via pipeline from
Turkmenistan and, since the start of this year, Uzbekistan.
China imported a combined 24.7 Bcm of LNG and piped gas in
the first half of 2013, up 25% from the same period a year
earlier, according to the National Development and Reform
Commission, China's top economic planning agency.
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