China launches massive gas pipeline campaign

Construction on the Jingbian-Beijing natural gas pipeline, China's first long-haul onshore gas pipeline, was completed in 1997. China has embarked on a major push to expand its gas pipeline infrastructure in order to boost the role of natural gas in its energy mix. Photo courtesy of PetroChina Co. Ltd.Click here to enlarge imageChina now sees natural gas as a major industry and has decided to capitalize on its gas resources in order to ease pollution and provide stimulus for economic growth for the next 10 years. The government plans to boost gas consumption from the current 24 billion cu m/year (bcm/year) to 50 bcm/year in 2005 and further to 100 bcm/year in 2010.The plan involves ...

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