Uzbekistan commissions $500-mln gas pipeline
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Nov. 20 / Trend D.Azizov /
Uzbekistan commissioned the 165-kilometer-long Akhangaran-Pungan gas pipeline, which cost $492.9 million to build, a state told Trend .
The project capacity of the pipeline, which was built to improve gas supplies to Uzbekistan's most densely-populated region the Fergana Valley, is $10 billion.
A special compressor station in Alhangaran (Tashkent region) maintains the pipeline's pressure.
The national holding company Uzbekoilgas allocated $417.9 million to finance the project and the Uzbekistan Reconstruction and Development Fund allocated a loan of $75 million.
Frunze ORP delivered the equipment for the compressor station.
The pipeline was laid through the Kamchik Pass at a height of 2,268 meters. It is one of the most difficult gas pipeline projects carried out in the country.
Currently, Uztransgas (Uzbekoilgas branch) exploits 13,274 kilometers worth of gas pipelines, 24 gas compressors and 310 gas-distributing stations, including three underground 4.5-billion cubic meter capacity gas fields.
By 2010 Uzbekoilgas plans to invest around $500 million in a gas pipeline export system, rebuilding domestic gas pipelines and developing respective infrastructure in Uzbekistan.
The monopolistic operator of Uzbekistan's oil and gas complex - Uzbekoilgas - was established in 1998 and unites six joint-stock companies.
Uzbekistan is the second gas producer among CIS states and among the top 10 gas producers in the world. The country produces 60 billion cubic meters of gas per year, some of which is exported.
In 2008 gas production in Uzbekistan increased 3.5 percent compared to 2007 to 68.7 billion cubic meters.