Construction has begun on the China section of the Sino-Myanmar oil
and gas pipeline in An’ning City in southwest China’s Yunnan province.
CNPC, China’s largest oil firm and parent company of PetroChina, will
build and operate the pipeline when it is finished in 2013. The
Sino-Myanmar oil and gas pipeline starts at Kyaukpyu port on the west
coast of Myanmar will end in Kunming City, capital of Yunnan. It is
expected to carry 22 million tonnes of crude oil a year to China from
the Middle East and Africa.
The natural gas pipeline will be even longer, running from Kunming
into Guizhou Province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in
south China for a total length of 2,806 km. It is expected to
transport 12 billion cubic meters of gas to China every year.
According to Xinhua China is now Myanmar’s third largest trading
partner and investor.