China National Petroleum Corp menyelesaikan pembangunan terowongan 1.090 m di bawah Sungai Amru untuk perpanjangan 1.000 km yang direncanakan dari pipeline Siberia Timur Samudera Pasifik di Rusia.

Penulis : Eric Watkins

The tunnel is the “most complex stretch” of the extension of the ESPO line, according to CNPC’s head of construction Li Changcai, who said oil pipe can now be laid beneath the river, with work to be completed by the end of this month.

Russia’s state-owned pipeline monopoly OAO Transneft completed construction on its section of the extension to China last October but noted the Chinese were experiencing technical difficulties with their initial section under the Amur River (OGJ, Oct. 27, 2009).

The pipeline extension is part of a project under which 15 million tonnes/year of Russian oil will be transported from the ESPO terminus at Sokovorodino to the Chinese industrial city of Daqing. The Chinese estimate construction of the 1,000 km pipeline will be finished this October.