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Xinhua. China Datang Corporation began construction of China’s first major coal to synthetic natural gas project. Output from the project is targeted at Beijing.

Located in Chifeng city of the coal-rich Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, the project is designed to transmit four billion cubic meters of natural gas to the Chinese capital annually through a 381-kilometer-pipeline when the project is completed in 2012, according to the China Datang Corporation, the builder of the project. Prior to that, it is expected to supply 1.34 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2010, and 2.68 cubic meters in 2011.

Beijing needs seven to eight billion cubic meters of natural gas annually. The demand is growing by 20 percent every year. The new project could solve the deficiency of natural gas supply to Beijing and reduce the city’s dependence on limited gas sources and transmission lines to ensure the capital’s energy security, said Qin Jianming, deputy general manager of the Datang International Power Generation Co., Ltd.

China Datang Corporation (CDT) is one of China’s largest power generation groups. The solely state-owned group was established on the basis of the partial power generation assets of former State Power Corporation of China in 2002.


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