Pak starts construction of 700km pipeline to China


Islamabad: Pakistan has started construction work on its 700km pipeline to import liquefied natural gas from China.

Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the project will be jointly funded by Pakistan and China.

According to Abbasi, the Chinese funds will benefit Pakistan and allow it to complete its Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.

Pakistan has been trying to overcome its energy crisis by importing gas from Iran, Abbasi said, adding that sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme had hampered the work on the project, Radio Pakistan reported on Monday.

He said Gwadar port will be the central hub for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), allowing western China to gain access to the sea.