Myanmar opens gas pipeline to China

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pipeline mapA pipeline pumping natural gas from Myanmar to China has gone fully operational, Chinese media said on October 21. The project, stretching more than 2,500 kilometers from western Myanmar to southwest China, will help the world’s second-largest economy feed its growing energy needs.

The pipeline, first launched in July 2013 after three years of construction, “has gone into full operation”, the Global Times reported. It runs from Kyaukpyu on the west coast of Myanmar and will deliver gas to Myanmar and China’s energy-deprived southwest, including Yunnan, Guizhou, Chongqing and Guangxi.

But critics say the project saw land confiscated from local residents and carries environmental risks. The pipeline also passes through the Chinese border town of Ruili, where fighting erupted earlier this year between Myanmar government forces and the rebel Kachin Independence Army.

The added delivery of 12 billion cubic meters a year will cut gas prices and reduce coal use in China, while limits on industrial gas consumption will be raised. The pipeline will also help China diversify its energy imports, the report said.

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A pipeline pumping natural gas from Myanmar to China has gone fully operational, Chinese media said on October 21. The project, stretching more than 2,500 kilometers from western Myanmar to southwest China, will help the world's second-largest economy feed its growing energy needs. The pipeline, first launched in July 2013 after three years of construction, "has gone into full operation", the Global Times reported. It runs from Kyaukpyu on the west coast of Myanmar and will deliver gas to Myanmar and China's energy-deprived southwest, including Yunnan, Guizhou, Chongqing and Guangxi. But critics say the project saw land confiscated from local...

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pipeline mapA pipeline pumping natural gas from Myanmar to China has gone fully operational, Chinese media said on October 21. The project, stretching more than 2,500 kilometers from western Myanmar to southwest China, will help the world’s second-largest economy feed its growing energy needs.

The pipeline, first launched in July 2013 after three years of construction, “has gone into full operation”, the Global Times reported. It runs from Kyaukpyu on the west coast of Myanmar and will deliver gas to Myanmar and China’s energy-deprived southwest, including Yunnan, Guizhou, Chongqing and Guangxi.

But critics say the project saw land confiscated from local residents and carries environmental risks. The pipeline also passes through the Chinese border town of Ruili, where fighting erupted earlier this year between Myanmar government forces and the rebel Kachin Independence Army.

The added delivery of 12 billion cubic meters a year will cut gas prices and reduce coal use in China, while limits on industrial gas consumption will be raised. The pipeline will also help China diversify its energy imports, the report said.

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