Uzbekistan to complete project on liquefied natural gas production in 2012
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, March 27 / Trend D. Azizov /
"Uzbekneftegaz" National Holding Company will complete the project to increase liquefied natural gas production on the unitary subsidiary (UDP) "Shurtanneftegas" worth $74.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, a source in governmental circles told Trend on Monday.
It was previously reported that the project envisages construction of the fifth stage of the preparation of propane-butane mixture with a design capacity of 3 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year for the additional production of 50,000 tons of liquefied gas annually.
Russian company Kazan Motor-Building Production Association and Ukrainian company Sumy Frunze supply equipment.
The project is financed by Uzbekneftegaz's own funds - $36.8 million and credit of the Uzbek Reconstruction and Development Fund to the amount of $37.5 million.
The interlocutor said that at present, the unit is being installed. It is planned to launch start-up operations in the third quarter. The facility will be commissioned in late October - November this year.
"Shurtanneftegas" (Kashkadarya) currently exploits seven oil and four gas-condensate fields.
Uzbekistan launched the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex worth $985 million on the Shurtan field in 2001. The complex can process 3.9 billion cubic meters of gas and produce 125,000 tons of polyethylene, 137,000 tons of liquefied natural gas and 130,000 tons of unstable condensate per year.
Uzbekneftegaz's capacity allows ensuring natural gas production to the amount of 70 billion cubic meters and liquid hydrocarbons to the amount of 8 million tons per year.
In 2011, oil production in Uzbekistan decreased by 5.8 percent compared to 2010 - up to 1.889 million tons, gas condensate - by 9.8 percent, to 1.696 million tons, natural gas - by 4.4 percent, to 63.04 billion cubic meters.
Production of liquefied hydrocarbon gases fell by 1.3 percent - up to 258,500 tons.