Myanmar-China crude oil pipeline starts operations

The 2,371-km long Myanmar-China crude oil pipeline has commenced operations with 140,000 tonne of crude oil delivered to the Bay of Bengal.

Operations started a few hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar President Htin Kyaw, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Chairman Wang Yilin, and Myanmar Ambassador to China Thit Linn Ohn signed the Myanmar-China Crude Pipeline transmission agreement on 10 April.

The pipeline, which runs from Maday Island, on the western coast of Myanmar, enters China in Rulli, Yunnan Province, and has been designed with a transmission capacity of 22 million tonne per year.

Construction started in June 2010 and was completed in early 2015.

The project is a joint venture between CNPC and the government-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise.