China begins using world's longest gas pipeline

China west east pipeline

The world's longest gas pipeline became operational in China as of December 30. The China National Petroleum Corporation announced the last section of the west-to-east pipeline that stretches more than 5,400 miles was completed. It is carrying natural gas from the central part of the country to Shanghai in the east and Guangzhou and Hong Kong in the south, crossing through 15 provincial regions.

China.org reported that the pipeline cost $22.5 billion dollars to build and will help bring power to 500 million people. The pipeline will help China deliver energy to meet its increasing demands. China Daily reported the country's electricity consumption continued to rise, growing 7.6 percent in November compared to the same month in 2011. October saw a 6.1 percent year-over-year rise, the article stated.

Iran recently began using the world's longest ethylene pipeline, the Tehran Times reported. The pipeline began transporting ethylene on December 17, the article stated. The first phase of the pipeline carries ethylene to the Pars Special Economic Energy Zone across more than 745 miles of land.

More information on China's energy demands can be found at PennEnergy's research area.

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