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First stage of gas line nears completion

THE first stage of the pipeline to deliver gas to Shanghai from southwestern China's Sichuan Province is expected to be completed today.

The 1,702-kilometer pipeline is expected to be completed during next year's World Expo in Shanghai.

The pipeline will be able to supply 12 billion cubic meters of gas annually, or 17 billion cubic meters of pressurized gas, to help relieve Shanghai's tight gas supplies.

The pipeline starts at the Puguang Gas Field in Sichuan and travels through Chongqing Municipality and the provinces of Hubei, Anhui, Zhejiang and Jiangsu.

One stage of Shanghai's two stages of the pipeline - a 14.1-kilometer pipeline connecting the gas network in Qingpu District to a gas pressure regulating station in Songjiang District - is nearly complete.

Construction of the second stage - a 34-kilometer pipeline from the station in Songjiang's Tahui Town to the district's Chedun Town - will start at the end of June.

The Shanghai Gas Group said the city will consume 8 billion cubic meters next year. At present, the city mainly relies on gas from the East China Sea and the western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. This year Malaysia started supplying gas.

The city has an emergency gas reserve of 10 days, up from three days in 2007, the group said.


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