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China’s charity role along Burmese pipelines route praised

(Mizzima) – China’s role in the creation of the Sino-Burma oil and natural gas pipelines was praised by Burma’s vice president this week, particularly China’s charity contributions in the project areas.

Pipes along the route of the trans-Burma Shwe gas pipeline project which will transport gas and oil to Yunnan Province in China. Photo: Mizzima
Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo praised China’s cooperation with Burma while touring Kyaukphyu on Made Island in Rakhine State with Chinese and local officials, according to an article by the Xinhua news agency published this week.

Tin Aung Myint Oo thanked the Chinese companies for donating cash and material for health and education projects along the pipeline route.

Zhang Jialin, president of the South-East Asia Crude Oil Pipeline (SEAOP), briefed Tin Aung Myint Oo on the progress of the oil and natural gas pipeline project and the China National Petroleum Corporation’s (CNPC) charity undertakings in the project areas. The CNPC funds the pipeline project.

He said in 2011, related companies donated a total of US$ 4 million to build 45 schools and 24 hospitals and clinics, while also improving the healthcare environment for 800,000 people. He said the charity work also involved digging “tube” wells that provide water for 2,490 people, according to Xinhua.

Made Island, situated in western Burma in Rakhine State, is the starting point for the crude oil pipeline. The starting point for the natural gas pipeline is on Ramree on the west coast.

The oil and natural gas pipelines run parallel through Burma and enter into China at Ruili, Yunnan Province.

The crude oil pipeline extends onshore 771 kilometers, while the natural gas pipeline stretches 793 kilometers.

Tin Aung Myint Oo stressed China’s continued support for people along the pipeline area.

He also said that the project would consider providing support for Rakhine State's electric power network to relieve a regional power shortage.
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