Xinjiang crude pipeline starts

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 June, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 June, 1997, 12:00am

China has started construction on a 4,200 kilometre pipeline to carry crude oil from northwestern Xinjiang into central China.

The 20 billion yuan (about HK$18.56 billion) pipeline starts in the Tarim Basin oil field and connects with a number of smaller oil fields to Lanzhou in neighbouring Qinghai province, Xinhua (the New China News Agency) said yesterday.

At Lanzhou it will split into two branches, one going to a petrochemical refinery in Luoyang, in central Henan province, and the other to a refinery in Pengzhou, Sichuan province.