Gas pipeline from China to Myanmar open: media
AFPBEIJING--A pipeline pumping natural gas from Myanmar to energy-hungry China has gone fully operational, state-run Chinese media said on Monday.
October 22, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
The pipeline, first launched in July after three years of construction, “has gone into full operation on Sunday,” 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 added delivery of 12 billion cubic meters (420 billion cubic feet) a year will cut gas prices and reduce coal use, the Global Times said, while limits on industrial gas consumption will be raised.