Oil flows through Myan­mar pipe­line

China Daily (Canada) - - VIEWS - By JING SHUIYU jing­shuiyu@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

China Na­tional Pe­tro­leum Corp, the coun­try’s largest oil and gas pro­ducer, has pumped the first crude oil through the China-Myan­mar oil pipe­line and the oil is ex­pected to ar­rive in China within three weeks, the en­ergy gi­ant said onWed­nes­day.

Around 1,150 cu­bic me­ters per hour of crude be­gan flow­ing into the pipe­line on Tues­day, CNPC said in a state­ment.

The pipe­line is the lat­est en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries, and helps en­sure China’s en­ergy di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, the com­pany said.

The pipe­line ex­tends for 771 kilo­me­ters in­Myan­mar and 1,600 kilo­me­ters in China, start­ing in Myan­mar’s Made Is­land and end­ing in Yun­nan prov­ince.

In April, the first oil tanker, Suez­max, off­loaded 140,000 tons of crude at Made Is­land oil port, the start­ing point of the pipe­line.

Zhang Yong, deputy direc­tor of CNPC South­east Asia Pipe­line Co Ltd, said the first crude oil will be de­liv­ered to a newre­fin­ery in Ruili, a city in Yun­nan prov­ince, within 20 days.

Zhang Guobao, for­mer direc­tor of the Na­tional En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said the pipe­line will fur­ther en­hance the coun­try’s en­ergy se­cu­rity.

The project, to­gether with the China-Rus­sia crude oil pipe­lines and the China-Kaza­khstan oil pipe­line, will also en­sure oil im­port di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, he added.

Li Li, en­ergy re­search direc­tor at ICIS China, said with the new pipe­line, China’s oil and gas im­ports will no longer have to pass through the Malacca Straits, a nar­row chan­nel that con­nects the In­dian Ocean with the Pa­cific Ocean.

The se­cu­rity of pipe­line trans­mis­sion is much greater than that of ship­ments by sea, and the pipe­line will en­sure a sta­ble en­ergy sup­ply toChina, she added.

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