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China to Complete Gas Pipeline Ahead of Schedule

China will complete construction in September on a major pipeline

China will complete construction in September on a major pipeline that will bring natural gas from the nation's far west to the energy-hungry east coast, Xinhua news agency reported.

The western section of the 4,000 km pipeline will be finished one month ahead of schedule, marking the end of construction, Xinhua quoted Huang Weihe, head of PetroChina Co Ltd's (PetroChina) natural gas and pipeline operations, as saying.

The pipline will start supplying gas to Shanghai from Jan 1, 2005, Huang was quoted as saying.

The 2,525-kilometer-long western section links the Tarim Basin in the Xinjiang region to Jingbian in northwest China's Shaanxi province. The 1,475 km eastern section, which links Jingbian to Shanghai, was completed at the end of last year.

Construction on the west-east pipeline was started in July 2002.

A consortium including international giants Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Russia's Gazprom and Exxon Mobil has taken a combined 45 pct stake in the project.

The pipeline project, which is expected to cost more than 200 bln yuan, is designed to carry 12 bln cubic meters of natural gas annually from its resource-rich, but economically backward western regions to the eastern regions, according to Xinhua.

The project is also playing an important role in the government's policy to encourage gas consumption and reduce China's heavy reliance on oil imports.

(1 usd = 8.3 yuan) China will complete construction in September on a major pipeline that will bring natural gas from the nation's far west to the energy-hungry east coast, Xinhua news agency reported.

The western section of the 4,000 km pipeline will be finished one month ahead of schedule, marking the end of construction, Xinhua quoted Huang Weihe, head of PetroChina Co Ltd's (PetroChina) natural gas and pipeline operations, as saying.

The pipline will start supplying gas to Shanghai from Jan 1, 2005, Huang was quoted as saying.

The 2,525-kilometer-long western section links the Tarim Basin in the Xinjiang region to Jingbian in northwest China's Shaanxi province. The 1,475 km eastern section, which links Jingbian to Shanghai, was completed at the end of last year.

Construction on the west-east pipeline was started in July 2002.

A consortium including international giants Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Russia's Gazprom and Exxon Mobil has taken a combined 45 pct stake in the project.

The pipeline project, which is expected to cost more than 200 bln yuan, is designed to carry 12 bln cubic meters of natural gas annually from its resource-rich, but economically backward western regions to the eastern regions, according to Xinhua.

The project is also playing an important role in the government's policy to encourage gas consumption and reduce China's heavy reliance on oil imports.