Construction of Uzbek section of Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline to be completed in November

Uzbekistan, Tashkent, October 30 / Trend D. Azizov /

Construction of the Uzbek section of gas pipeline Turkmenistan - China is planned to be completed in November, a source in the leadership of the National Holding Company Uzbekneftegaz said.

A source said that at present ground-based welding work of the most part of the pipeline have been completed. Hydraulic tests have been launched in some sections.

Uzbek section of the pipeline is worth $2,975 billion. Its diameter is 1,067 millimeters, length - 530 kilometers but capacity - 40 billion cubic meters of gas. It will pass through three provinces - Bukhara, Navoi and Kashkadarya with further entry to the gas transmission system in Kazakhstan.

The operator of the construction is the Uzbek-Chinese joint venture Asia Trans Gas. It was created by Uzbekneftegaz and China National Petroleum Corporation / CNPC / on a parity basis for the design, construction and operation of the Uzbek section of the pipeline in April 2008.

The China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPP), the China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation (CPECC) and the Swiss Zeromax GmbH deal with construction, in accordance with the contracts concluded with Asia Trans Gas joint venture.

Chinese companies construct a section of the gas pipeline from Gazli to Kazakhstan but Zeromax - a section from Turkmenistan to Gazli. The construction of gas compressor stations are implemented by CPP and CPECC.

The first branch of the gas pipeline and the compressor station will be put into operation by late 2009. The second branch of the gas pipeline and two compressor stations are planned to be completed by early 2012.

The gas pipeline Turkmenistan-China will also be used for export of Uzbek gas to China to the amount of 10 billion cubic meters upon the agreement between the Uzbek government and China.

Uzbekistan took the second place on natural gas extraction among the CIS countries. It joins ten largest gas-producing countries in the world.

About 60 billion cubic meters of natural gas, part of which is exported, are extracted in Uzbekistan annually.  

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