Waterway Closed to Give Way to Underwater Pipeline Construction
The Dachan Waterway will be closed to ships until November 8 for the final underwater construction of a major gas pipeline to Hong Kong. Once completed Hong Kong residents will be able to access the pipeline and will have use a cleaner gas which is sourced from Turkmenistan and Xinjiang.
The underwater pipeline project covers around 30 kilometers and is built to transport 6 billion cubic meters of gas a year. the project’s first stage of construction was between Qiuyuling Pumping Station and Dachandao in Shenzhen, the second underwater stage crosses the Dachan, Tonggu and Gongsha waterways. A temporary waterway was built to divert ships of less than 3,000 tons can use Dachanbei Waterway during the construction. Ships greater than 3,000 tons will be required to change routes and course using the Lingding navigation route and Longguxi Waterway.
The underwater pipeline is the country’s second major west to east pipeline that spans 8,600 kilometers and passes through 13 Chinese provinces and regions. The pipeline will be transporting natural gas from Turkmenistan and Xinjiang to the Yangtze and Pearl river deltas, with the capacity to transmit 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually.