Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 31
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Uzbekistan's possible participation in constructing a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and Pakistan to India (TAPI) will be considered at a meeting of the Uzbek-Turkmen commission on trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation on July 31, a representative of the Uzbek government circles told Trend on July 31.
The representative did not specify Uzbekistan's position on this issue and the conditions of the country's participation in the project.
The total length of the TAPI gas pipeline with a planned capacity of 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year will be 1,735 kilometers. It is assumed that 200 kilometers of the gas pipeline will be laid in the territory of Turkmenistan, 735 kilometers - Afghanistan, 800 kilometers - Pakistan.
The Turkmen largest field "Galkynysh" can become a source of raw materials for the gas pipeline.
TAPI gas pipeline project was approved by several countries, including Russia and the U.S., as well as such influential international financial organization as the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Currently, Uzbekistan participates in the construction of the "Central Asia-China" gas pipeline. The gas pipeline is intended for natural gas export from Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to China.
The gas pipeline construction began in July 2008. Its total length is about 7,000 kilometers, the pipe diameter - 1,067 mm. The capacity of the two branches of the gas pipeline is 30 billion cubic meters of gas per year. At the same time, the length of the gas pipeline on the territory of Uzbekistan is 525 kilometers.
The first of the two branches of the gas pipeline was put into operation in December 2009. The construction of the second branch of the gas pipeline was completed in 2010. The construction of a 318 kilometer third line of the Uzbek section of the gas pipeline with a capacity of 25 billion cubic meters per year stretching from the Gazley district (Bukhara region) to the border with Kazakhstan is planned to be completed in January 2015. The new line will increase the total capacity of the gas pipeline to 55 billion cubic meters.
The project worth about $ 2.2 billion is financed through the loans of the State Development Bank of China, as well as direct investments of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
The construction of the fourth branch of the gas pipeline with a capacity of 30 billion cubic meters per year is planned to be launched in 2015.
"Uztransgaz" and "PetroChina International Company Ltd." (a branch of China National Petroleum Corporation - CNPC) signed an export contract for the supply of Uzbek gas to China in October 2012. The contract envisages annual supply in a volume of 10 billion cubic meters.
Uzbekistan ranks third in natural gas production among the CIS countries. It is among the ten largest gas-producing countries in the world. The country annually produces about 60 billion cubic meters of gas.