Construction of Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline's Uzbek section's second line will be completed in September

Oil&Gas Materials 27 February 2010 11:34 (UTC +04:00)

Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Feb. 27 / Trend D.Azizov /

Construction of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline's Uzbek section's second line is expected to be completed in September - early October, the governmental circles reported.

Uzbekneftegaz national holding company and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) created Asia Trans Gas JV on an equal footing to project, construct and exploitation of the Uzbekistan-China pipeline.

Construction is led by the Chinese China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPP), China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation (CPECC) and the Swiss Zeromax GmbH.

Uzbekistan and CNPC agreed to transport 10 billion cubic meters of gas a year.

Thus, the pipeline's second line will be adjusted compared with the original scheme of the route - the pipeline will pass through the largest Uzbek Gazli underground gas storage (UGS).

The companies planned to build a booster-compressor station on the route of the second line in the area of the Gazli UGS. The tender on the supply of technological equipment for the booster-compressor station is scheduled to be announced in the near future.

The pipeline's diameter is 1,067 mm and extension - 530 km. The capacity is 40 billion cubic meters of gas year. The pipeline will be laid in three regions - Bukhara, Kashkadarya and Navoi regions and it will be connected with Kazakhstan's gas transportation system. The cost of the Uzbek part of the pipeline is $3 billion.

The pipelines' construction began in July 2008. The Turkmenistan-China pipeline's first line was commissioned in December 2009. The second line of the pipeline will be completed by the end of 2011.

Uzbekistan is the second largest natural gas producer among the CIS countries. The country also enters the top ten of the largest gas-producing countries in the world. The country produced about 60 billion cubic meters of natural gas, some of which is exported, per year.

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