Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan underscored the importance of the
construction of a pipeline network for crude oil and natural gas
here on Wednesday, saying China should further guarantee its
Zeng spoke at a meeting of the State Council that discussed
planning for the network. He said that a "scientific schedule is
essential to avoid repeated construction" and urged planners to
ensure that the pipeline network and other transportation measures
could be connected.
"China should step up the exploration of domestic resources,
which is vital to energy independence. Overseas cooperation is also
encouraged," Zeng said.
He also expressed hope that the project would stimulate
innovation and boost related industries such as metallurgy,
construction materials and machinery.
(Xinhua News Agency January 10, 2008)