Rotork has been selected to supply valve actuators throughout the largest and most significant gas industry distribution project ever planned in China. The USD 25 billion West to East Natural Gas Pipeline will extend for 4000km, from Lunnan in Xinjiang through nine provinces to Shanghai, carrying gas from the Tarim Basin fields to the Yangtze Delta. Rotork will supply more than seven hundred IQ range intelligent electric actuators to valve makers in China, Holland, Italy and the USA. The majority will be fitted with Rotork Exeeco IW quarter-turn gearboxes for the operation of pipeline ball valves and plug valves. Sixty actuators are special IQM modulating versions for the operation of pressure control valves. When completed in 2005, the 40″ diameter buried pipeline will have the capacity to carry 12 billion cubic metres of gas a year. The pipeline is designed with thirty-five process stations and 138 block stations, facilitating the development of municipal and branch pipeline networks in the future.