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Bridge completed for Burma-China energy pipeline

The Burma-China gas pipeline project is one step closer to fruition with the completion this week of a bridge across the Mekong River in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

Work crews install pipe on the trans-Burma oil and natural gas pipeline. Photo: Shwe GasThe gasline project is scheduled to go into operation next year. The bridge is located in a border area between the city of Baoshan and the Bai autonomous prefecture of Dali, said an article by the Xinhua news agency on Thursday.

“The bridge is a key part of the pipeline and one of the most difficult engineering projects, given the complicated geographical conditions,” said Hu Hanzhou, a general manager of China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Co., Ltd., the builder of the bridge.

Construction on the pipeline began in 2010, with separate lines for gas and oil. The lines start in Kyaukpyu, Burma, and run through the Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou, as well as the city of Chongqing and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

The oil pipeline has a transport capacity of 22 million tonnes per year, while the natural gas pipeline has a transport capacity of 12 billion cubic meters annually.

Gas from the offshore Rakhine Shwe Gas Project and crude oil imported from the Middle East and Africa will be sent to Yunnan Province by two pipelines built at an estimated cost of US$ 3.5 billion.

The Shwe Gas project is a joint effort by the Chinese government-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), South Korea Daewoo Company, the Indian ONGC Videsh Company and Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL) and Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE). Sub-contractors include the Burmese companies Thandar Nagar, Pyidawsi, Asia World and Myanmar Shwe Tharaphu.
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