China decides Tarim-Shanghai natural gas pipeline route

China National Petroleum Corp. has finalized the routing of a proposed natural gas pipeline linking the Tarim basin in northwestern China's Xinjiang autonomous region to Shanghai in the east.The 4,212-km pipeline will pass through 15 major cities before terminating in Shanghai. The 15 cities are Korla, Turpan, Shanshan, and Hami in Xinjiang; Liuyuan, Zhangye, Wuwei, Lanzhou, Dingxi, and Liquan in Gansu; Luoyang and Xinyang in Henan; Hefei in Anhui; and Nanjing and Changzhou in Jiangsu.The construction, which is scheduled to start next year, with completion slated for 2007, will cost 60 billion yuan. The pipeline will have a design capacity of 20 billion cu m/year.Foreign companies can...

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