Gas began to flow to China on July 28 following the completion of a gas pipeline stretching for 793 km onshore within Myanmar's territory after three years of construction, according to Xinhua news agency.

The gas pipeline is part of a Myanmar-China Oil and Gas Pipeline project, worth 2.5 billion USD, oimplemented by the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) and four other partners from the Republic of Korea and India .

Starting from Kuaykphyu on the west coast in Myanmar , it passes through Rakhine state, Magway and Mandalay regions and Shan state and enters Chinese territory at Ruili , Yunnan province.

The gas pipeline has a designed annual throughput of 12 billion cubic metres, equivalent to 25 percent of China ’s total imported gas a year.

The Myanmar-China Oil and Gas Pipeline project also includes a 771 km pipeline to bring crude oil from the Middle East to China via the Indian Ocean , which is expected to be completed in September this year.

The designed transmission capacity of the crude oil pipeline is 22 million tonnes per year.

The oil and gas pipeline project, as one of the most strategic investments of China in Myanmar, aims to help reduce China’s dependence on the Malacca route, through which 80 percent of China’s oil import is transported.-VNA