China's CNPC starts building its first shale gas pipeline in Sichuan

20 June 2013 04:33  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has started building its first dedicated pipeline for shale gas distribution in Sichuan province, southwest China, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

The pipeline dedicated to transport shale gas will begin from the Changning block in Sichuan and connect with the Sichuan Naxi-Yunnan Anbian gas pipeline, the source said.

The 92.8km long shale gas pipeline is expected to achieve a nameplate capacity of 4.5m cubic metres (cbm)/day, the source added without disclosing the specific start-up date.

China has targeted to increase its annual shale gas output from almost zero now to 6.5bn cbm by 2015 and to as much as 100bn cbm by 2020, according to the source.

By: Viola Pan
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