China approves a $55 mln gas pipeline in northern China

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BEIJING, July 5 (Reuters) - China approved a natural gas pipelines connecting northern province of Shanxi and Shaanxi, with total investment of 354 million yuan ($54.80 million), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in a statement on Monday.

The 34.2 kilometre (21.3 mile) pipeline, which will be built by Qinjin Natural Gas Co, is designed to have annual gas transmission capacity of 3.3 billion cubic metres and connect Ji county in Shanxi and Yichuan county in Shaanxi.

($1 = 6.4603 Chinese yuan renminbi)

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Reporting by Muyu Xu and Shivani Singh, editing by Louise Heavens

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