in an attempt to combat air pollution Shanghai will provide natural gas to 2.4 million households. The whole exercise will cost the government us $48 million. The project will be first implemented in the Pudong development zone, where around 100,000 houses will switch from converted from traditional coal gas to natural gas by the end of this year.
By October 2000, residential buildings in the districts of Huangpu and Nanshi will be refitted with gas pipelines. Shanghai recently built a liquefied natural gas station near the East China Sea from where 1.2 million cubic metres of natural gas will be piped and sent to these districts. The central government is also planning to build a natural gas transportation station in the central province of Hunan to pipe natural gas from neighbouring Sichuan province to Shanghai and other parts of eastern China.
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