The western section of China's No.2 West-East gas pipeline starts supplying gas on Thursday. The pipeline now can transmit natural gas from central Asia to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The 8,653 km long pipeline starts from Horgos, Xinjiang and runs through 14 provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities and special administrative regions, including Shanghai and Hong Kong.
It is China's first large-scale pipeline project to transmit natural gas from foreign sources into the country.
China's pipeline starts pumping central Asian gas into Xinjiang (Xinhua/Jan 1, 2010)