$2.5 billion Myanmar-China gas pipeline opened
China National Petroleum said that its Myanmar-China natural gas pipeline has started formal operations.
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 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.
According to Xinhua, the gas pipeline will be able to carry 12 billion cubic metres annually, while the crude oil pipeline has a capacity of 22 million tonnes per year. Four countries, China, Myanmar, South Korea and India, co-invested in the project.
Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun, China’s Ambassador to Myanmar Yang Houlan and a South Korean representative started the gas flowing at around 4:12pm local time.
The pipeline, part of the Myanmar-China Oil and Gas Pipeline project, includes building a crude oil pipeline.
The pipeline, starting from Myanmar’s Kuaykphyu, passes through Rakhine state, Magway and Mandalay regions and Shan state and enters Chinese territory at Ruili in southwest Yunnan Province.
The gas pipeline stretches for 793 kilometers onshore within Myanmar’s territory with six processing stations, while the crude oil pipeline, which is nearing completion, starts from Made Island and extends onshore for 771 kilometers.