Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/27/2014 -- China leads the Asia-Pacific countries in terms of active oil and gas pipeline length, with its pipeline network of 34,526 miles (mi) (55,564 kilometres (km)), accounting for around 27.5% of the region’s total active pipeline length. India, on the other hand, leads the region in terms of planned pipeline length addition by 2020, with its plan to add 12,721.6 mi (20,473.4 km), accounting for over 34% of planned pipeline length addition in the region during this period.
After China, India and Australia have the next longest networks of active oil and gas pipelines in the region, with 22,631.9 mi (36,422.5 km) and 16,866.2 mi (27,143.5 km) respectively. Together, these three countries account for around 59% of the total active pipeline length in Asia-Pacific.
After India, Turkmenistan will witness the next-largest planned pipeline length addition by 2020, with 5,001.4 mi (8,049 km) added. India and Turkmenistan together account for 47.5% of the pipeline lengths planned to be built in the region by 2020.
Gas Pipelines Account for Majority of the Active and Planned Pipeline Length in Asia-Pacific
There are currently 518 active oil and gas pipelines in Asia-Pacific, with a total length of 125,560 mi (202,069 km). Of these, 335 are gas pipelines, with a total length of 81,036 mi (130,414 km), or 64.5% of the total active pipeline length in the region.
Gas pipelines also account for the majority of pipelines planned to be built in Asia-Pacific by 2020. Of the 125 planned oil and gas pipelines in Asia-Pacific by 2020, 99 will carry gas, with a total length of 29,981.9 mi (48,251.2 km). Planned gas pipeline length in the region accounts for 80.4% of the total planned pipeline length to be built by 2020.
National Oil Companies Dominate Oil and Gas Pipeline Industry in Asia-Pacific
National oil companies dominate the oil and gas pipelines industry in Asia-Pacific, led by PetroChina Company (PetroChina), which operates around 18.7% of the total active pipeline length in the region. Sinopec operates another 6.9% of the total active pipeline, while India’s major state-owned companies, Indian Oil Corporation and Gail (India), operate around 6% and 5.5% of the region’s total active pipeline length, respectively.
Other government-owned companies that figure among the leading operators of active pipelines in the Asia-Pacific region include China National Petroleum Company, Uztransgaz, KazTransGaz, KazTransOil, PT Pertamina and PTT. These six companies have active oil and gas pipeline lengths of 4,554 mi (7,329 km), 4,429 mi (7,128 km), 3,452 mi (5,555 km), 3,255 mi (5,238 km), 2,243 mi (3,609 km) and 1,997 mi (3,213 km) respectively.
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