The central city of Da Nang is planning to build a pipeline system to supply cooking gas to its households, becoming the first city with such an initiative in Vietnam.
The plan, developed by Da Nang University and PVGas City, a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas group PetroVietnam, envisions the distribution of cooking gas to end users directly via a pipe network, a model that has been applied in many developed countries.
Under the plan, the gas will come from a storage facility to be built in Lien Chieu District.
Apart from rural areas where coal and wood are still used as fuel, many households in Vietnam use LPG gas cylinders for cooking. Safety concerns have been raised since there are many illegal cylinders that are not refilled properly on the market.
In 2008, 42 gas explosions were reported nationwide, killing and injuring six people.
XinAo Gas Holdings Limited, a Chinese partner with PVGas City, said it's convenient to build a pipeline gas system in Da Nang as the city was still upgrading and developing its infrastructure.
The company is a gas distributor in many large cities and provinces in China, including Beijing, Guangdong and Guangxi.