EU ready to develop cooperation in modernization of gas pipelines in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, November 2 / Trend D. Azizov /
The European Union is ready to develop cooperation with Uzbekistan in modernization of gas transporting lines, Uzbekneftegas national holding company said.
The talks were held between a mission of Directorate General for External Economic Relations Commission and Uzbekneftegas in Tashkent last week. Further development of cooperation in energy was discussed during the talks.
"Members of the delegation said that EU is ready to develop cooperation at mutually beneficial terms, especially, in modernization of gas transporting lines, increase of transparency of transportation, ensuring of security of energy resources supplies, renovation and development of existing energy infrastructure," Uzbekneftegas said.
The company said that the European side proposed to establish annual exchange of information, support constant contacts Azerbaijan and study opportunities of further cooperation.
At present, total length of Uzbek main gas lines hits more than 13,000 kilometers.
Separate plots of powerful gas transporting systems Middle Asia - Center and Bukhara-Ural were laid in the north-west of Uzbekistan. These plots are envisaged for transit and export supplies of natural gas.
At present, Uzbekistan uses Central Asia - Center as the only corridor for its gas export. Gazprom is the monopoly buyer of Uzbek gas.
According to Uzbekneftegas, natural gas production increased 3.7 percent - up to 67.7 billion cubic meters in Uzbekistan in 2008. Volume of gas production is forecasted to the amount of 70 billion cubic meters in Uzbekistan in 2009.
Uztransgas (a subsidiary of Uzbekneftegas) plans to increase the volume of export of natural gas by 8 percent - up to 16.2 billion cubic meters, including Russia - 8.6 percent up to 15.2 billion cubic meters, 1 billion cubic meters to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in 2009.
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