Construction of major Chinese gas pipeline enters final phase in 2003

Construction began late last year on PetroChina Co. Ltd.'s West-to-East natural gas pipeline project and targets 2004 for completion of the nearly 3,800 km (2,360 mile), 1,016-mm (40-in.) mainline and 294 km of 813 mm, 508 mm, and 406 mm lateral lines.Fuel growth; reduce pollution The project was conceived to transport the significant natural gas reserves from the Tarim basin in Xinjiang Autonomous Region in far western China to markets in eastern China near the cities of Zhengzhou and Nanjing with the mainline terminating in Shanghai and lateral pipelines terminating in Hangzhou, Wuhu, and Hefei (Fig. 1). Click here to enlarge imageThe natural gas is needed to fuel China's signi...

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