China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC; CEO.NYSE, 0883.HK), China’s third largest oil company, plans to build a pipeline along the country’s southern coast to connect its liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals, Reuters reported, quoting a company announcement on Tuesday. The pipeline would connect a planned LNG terminal in the southern island province of Hainan with terminals under construction or in operation in Guangdong, Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, said Xin Yun, an official with CNOOC’s gas and power division. CNOOC was formerly the sole permitted LNG terminal developer in southern China, said Xing, but that division is no longer enforced. PetroChina (PTR.NYSE, 601857.SH, 0857.HK) is now planning to build a terminal in Guangdong to supplement supply from its domestic East-West pipeline, while CNOOC is considering building an LNG terminal in Tianjin, which neighbors Beijing. CNOOC has not disclosed the length, capacity or proposed investment for the pipeline.