Dandong-Sinuiju Oil Pipeline

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Dandong-Sinuiju Oil Pipeline, also known as the China–North Korea Friendship Oil Pipeline, is an operating crude oil pipeline in China and North Korea.[1]


The pipeline runs from Dandong, China to Sinuiju, North Korea.

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Project details

  • Operator:
  • Owner: 国家管网集团北方管道有限责任公司
  • Parent company: PipeChina[2]
  • Capacity: 9,840 barrels per day
  • Length: 30 kilometers
  • Status: Operating
  • Start year: 1975


The pipeline feeds North Korea's sole operating oil refinery feed, the Ponghwa Chemical factory in Sinuiju.[1] In October 2020, ownership of the pipeline was transferred from CNPC to PipeChina.[2]

Sanctions on North Korea

The pipeline conveys an estimated 525,0000 of the 850,000 tonnes of oil that North Korea consumes annually and has been the focus of U.S. pressure on China to impose additional sanctions on North Korea.[3] In 2017 the pipeline was exempted from United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea because shutting the pipeline down could cause it to become clogged with wax, making it expensive or impossible to repair.[4]

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