China applies WEPP lessons as natural gas demand grows

Completion of China’s West-East Pipeline Project (WEPP) and its successful operation during the past 2 years has provided valuable experience that China is applying to future natural gas pipelines as the country strives to use more gas in the future.WEPP is modern China’s second-largest infrastructure project after the Three Gorges Dam. It began operations in January 2005, moving natural gas from the Tarim basin in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of far western China to the eastern China cities of Zhengzhou and Nanjing, with the mainline terminating in Shanghai and lateral pipelines terminating in Hangzhou, Wuhu, and Hefei (OGJ, Mar. 17, 2003, p. 68).Complicated conditionsThe W...

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