On December 8, construction of the Yunnan Branch of Myanmar-China Gas Pipeline and Yunnan Urban Gas Project was started in Anning City, Yunnan Province. Executive Vice Governor of Yunnan Provincial Government Li Jiang and CNPC Vice President Liao Yongyuan attended the commencement ceremony and delivered speeches respectively.
CNPC and Yunnan Provincial Government signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement in 2010. Construction of the gas pipeline and urban gas project is a concrete step forward taken by the two sides. With CNPC as the constructor and major investor, the project has a total investment of RMB 4.6 billion, and is designed to include 21 branch lines totaling 1,700km and 13 urban gas projects, covering 15 prefectures and cities. Six of the branch lines will be put into operation together with the trunk of the Myanmar-China Gas Pipeline before June, 2013. And it is estimated that by 2020, the total deliverability of the pipe network in Yunnan will reach 7 billion cubic meters.