Lhasa, in China’s southwest Tibet Autonomous Region, now has liquefied natural gas (LNG) for transportation. PetroChina Company Limited, the listed arm of state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has completed an LNG project incorporating the building of an LNG receiving station, 38 kilometers of natural gas pipelines and two compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling stations.
Kunlun Energy, a Hong Kong listed arm of PetroChina engaged in gas supply, is responsible for transporting LNG to Lhasa, sourcing the gas from its subsidiary in neighboring Qinghai province. The introduction of natural gas aims to protect the environment and promote economic and social development in the region.
Lhasa already has nine CNG fuelled taxis. The two stations are built with capacity to service up to 1,000 vehicles.
The filling stations may be the highest in the world. Many of the engineers and staff who traveled to the region to carry out the installations suffered from hypoxia (insufficient oxygen).