Vietnam central hub to build natural gas pipeline

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A map set up by PV Gas City company with lines (right) indicating a planned natural gas pipeline system in Da Nang

Da Nang will start building a municipal natural gas pipeline to replace dirtier, more expensive fuels such as gasoline, power or coal.

The system of some 150 kilometers is expected to take until 2030 to build and cost around US$3.5 million.

PV Gas City (The Urban Gas Investment and Development Company), a member of state-owned fuel giant PetroVietnam which will invest in the system, said natural gas -- as compared to gasoline -- will emit 400 times less sulfur oxide and four times less nitrogen oxide.

Vietnamese people use gas for cooking from cylinders that are delivered by fuel companies and have to be replaced regularly.

PV Gas City said the pipeline system will be safer, cheaper and the energy will be available anytime.

It said the parts of the system will start operating in 2016 using liquefied petroleum gas, then it will switch to synthetic natural gas and finally natural gas.

Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, vice chairman of the city and director of its construction department, said the city's government is still waiting for a detailed plan from the company to give its official approval.

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