Start-up for Dongfang 1-1 Pipeline Set for April

Construction of the Dongfang-Yangpu-Haikou onshore gas transmission pipeline on southern China's Hainan Island is almost complete, with the start-up scheduled for the end of April.

The 252-kilometer land pipeline is an auxiliary project of the comprehensive development of the Dongfang 1-1 gas field located offshore Hainan Island. This gas field is among the leading offshore energy projects in China, and verified reserves as of the end of 2000 were recorded at 1.274 trillion cubic feet.

The construction division of CNPC is currently working on a section of the pipeline that crosses the river, and construction is scheduled to be completed this month.

The pipeline is expected to provide 700 million cubic meters of gas to Yangpu Power Plant every year and another 100 million cubic meters to households in Haikou, the capital of Hainan Province.

Phase one of the development plan for the Dongfang 1-1 gas field includes putting into place two production platforms on the site, the spudding of 12 wells, the setting up of two onshore gas terminals and the laying of a 116-kilometer offshore pipeline as well as another 113-kilometers of onshore pipeline.