BRIEF - Shwe gas slowly trickling to China

Drilling delays are holding up movement of natural gas from the Bay of Bengal to China, Interfax reported on Monday. The parallel Shwe pipelines, owned by China National Petroleum Corporation and operated by a multinational consortium, run from Burma’s Arakan coast to Yunnan, China. The natural gas pipeline began operating in July 2013, but is running far under projected capacity of 12 billion cubic metres per year, the report said. An adjacent crude oil pipeline has been mostly built but is not yet operational, some say due to opposition in southern China.