China oil pipeline
China has begun a cross-border oil pipeline, linking China with Kazakhstan:
Construction of China's first major land-based cross-border pipeline began Tuesday, linking the nation with Kazakhstan.
The two countries started building a 1,000-kilometer section from Atasu in Kazakhstan, to the border town of Alashankou in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Tuesday, China News Service reported.
The US$700 million Atasu-Alashankou section, the most important section of the Sino-Kazakh pipeline, will be able to deliver 10 million tons of crude oil a year to China when it is completed in 2005.
The whole Sino-Kazakh pipeline, to be completed in 2011, will cost about US$3 billion. It will reach westwards joining the existing 450-kilometer Atyrau-Kenkiyak pipeline in the central Asian republic. Eastward, it will connect with China's West-to-East oil pipeline.