China-Central Asia Gas Pipeline delivers 48 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2019
The country also imported 10.8 million tonnes of crude oil via China-Myanmar oil and gas pipeline last year
21 Jan 2020 | Michael Marray

The China-Central Asia Gas Pipeline delivered over 47.9 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China in 2019, PetroChina West Pipeline Company has said.

The China-Central Asia Gas Pipeline was built as China’s first transnational gas pipeline, with a total length of 1,833 kilometres, and has been operating since December 2009.

The pipeline runs from the border between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, passes through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and links up with China’s West-to-East gas pipeline in Horgos, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Linking up with the domestic pipeline system, the natural gas is transported across China, including allowing Central Asian gas to be piped directly to the Pearl River Delta.

Elsewhere in the region, last year China imported 10.8 million tonnes of crude oil via the China-Myanmar oil and gas pipeline in 2019, up 6.3% year-on-year, according to the Kunming Customs in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

The Kunming Customs told Xinhua that the import value amounted to 37.7 billion yuan (US$5.5 billion), up 3.9%.

Meanwhile, imports of natural gas from Myanmar amounted to 3.4 million tonnes, up 54% from 2018, with a total value of 12.1 billion yuan, an annual increase of 74.1 percent.

Crude oil started entering China via the 1,420-kilometre China-Myanmar crude oil pipeline from June 2017. The China-Myanmar natural gas pipeline was put into operation in July 2013. 

The pipelines link China with the deep water port of Kyaukphyu in the Bay of Bengal, bringing in crude oil from the Middle East and Africa as well as gas from Myanmar’s offshore fields. 

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