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China-Myanmar pipeline to launch in 2013

21st January 2013

New pipelines set to operationalise this year will give China direct access to Bay of Bengal resources

"New strategic energy channels" will this year connect China with Myanmar giving a much needed boost to the underdeveloped southwestern region

China this year will launch 1,100 km worth of oil and gas pipelines with Myanmar that will give it direct access to the Bay of Bengal. Seen as Beijing's "new strategic energy channels", the pipelines could be in operation by June.


"Construction has been sped up on the pipelines' domestic and overseas sections. Barring insurmountable barriers, the oil and gas pipelines could begin operating in early June," Gao Jianguo, the head of the project under the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) said.


The main parts in Myanmar have been finished, while those in Chinese territory will be completed this month. The pipelines will undergo pressure tests and a drying process in February, Gao said.


Crude oil will be shipped from the Middle East via the Indian Ocean before reaching Myanmar and entering China via the oil pipeline, according to Chinese media.


The pipelines run from the port of Kyaukpyu on Myanmar's west coast and enter China at Ruili, Yunnan Province.


The oil pipeline has a designed annual transport capacity of 22 million tonnes, while the natural gas pipeline has a designed annual transport capacity of 12 billion cubic meters.


The channels will significantly increase the energy supply to the country's underdeveloped southwestern regions.

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