China builds oil trunk line of 4200 km

Jul 14, 1997 02:00 AM

June 19, 1997 China has started work on a 4,200-km crude oil pipeline from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the north-west to central and south-western parts.
It starts at Korla, a transhipment centre on the northern rim of the Taklimakan Desert, home of the vast Tarim Oil Field. Along the way it connects with a number of smaller oilfields in Xinjiang and neighbouring Qinghai province before reaching Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province. At Lanzhou, the pipeline splits, with one branch going to Luoyang in Henan province where there is a large petrochemical plant, and the other going to Pengzhou in Sichuan province to fuel another refinery there.
The pipeline is expected to cost 20 billion yuan. By the end of May, the 480-km first-phase from Korla to Shanshan in Xinjiang was completed, and work on the rest will begin soon.
Sources say that when it is completed the pipeline will be the trunk line for moving crude oil from the West, meaning Shaanxi, Gansu, and Qinghai provinces, and the NingxiaHui and Xinjiang regions, to the East.
There are more than 30 billion tons of proven oil reserves in the West, or about a third of China's total.
Since the beginning of the 1990s, China has developed a few fields here with proven reserves of 3 billion tons. In 1996, they yielded nearly 20 million tons of crude. Output there is expected to reach 28 to 30 million tons by the end of the century, or a 20 % of the nation's total.

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