China has imported 300 billion cubic meters of natural gas through the China-Central Asia pipelines and the China-Myanmar Natural Gas Pipelines since they were put into operation, according to the China National Petroleum Corporation.

As two key components of China’s northwest and southwest energy transmission routes, these two pipelines have imported 51.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2018, up from 15.3 billion cubic meters in 2011.

Estimates show that 300 billion cubic meters of natural gas could replace about 399 million tonnes of coal, and cut 426 million tonnes of carbon dioxide and 6.6 million tonnes of sulfur dioxide.

As important projects connecting infrastructures of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, construction and operation of the pipelines has created nearly 10,000 jobs and fostered the development of the petroleum industry in the participating countries, the China National Petroleum Corporation said.