SOEs make their mark at World Expo

09:22, May 04, 2010      

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The country's leading State-owned enterprises will make their presence felt at the World Expo in Shanghai, with six pavilions.

The pavilions are: Space and home; China Aviation; China Shipping; Oil; State Grid; and Communications.

In total, 12 State-owned enterprises, which are all industry leaders, will have displays in the six pavilions.

"The State-owned enterprises have supported the Expo with energy, transportation, communications and supplied food," said Han Zheng, mayor of Shanghai.

Oil pavilion

The Oil Pavilion was jointly constructed by three domestic oil giants - China National Petroleum Corp, Sinopec and China National Offshore Oil Corp.

An exhibition tracing the history of oil takes visitors 2 million years into the past when oil we use today was actually living trees. In addition there is an eight minute documentary about the history of oil. The whole pavilion smells of oil and is cubic in shape.

Above the entrance, a giant triangle-shaped LED screen shows scenes of oil exploitation from the days when the New China was founded. Exhibits in the pavilion show how oil has changed people's lives.

Low-carbon Expo

The Shanghai World Expo is striving to be a low-carbon event.

The Shanghai municipal government has set out a clean development strategy.

As one of the global partners of the Expo, China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) is helping to make it more environmental-friendly.

Since the installation of the gas pipe from west China six years ago, CNPC has supplied more than 11.3 billion cubic meters of gas to the city. This means the city has reduced emissions by 37.2 million tons of carbon dioxide over this time.

Each year CNPC has been increasing its supply of gas to Shanghai.

From 500 million cubic meters in 2004, the gas supply jumped to 2.52 billion cubic meters in 2008, accounting for 85 percent of all the gas the city used that year.

At present, gas accounts for 5 percent of the energy demand of the city. Almost all the kitchens in the city now use gas as fuel.

Hu Guoliang, engineer from the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau, said they receive fewer complaints of air pollution these days. The city has now had six consecutive years of good air quality and last year it recorded 334 "blue sky days", a new high in recent years.

Source:China Daily


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