Turkmengaz prepares feasibility study of 'East-West' gas pipeline
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, July 26 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Employees of Turkmengaz state concern begin to prepare a feasibility study on gas pipeline project "East-West". It will stretch from gas fields in the east to the western borders of the country, the newspaper "Neutral Turkmenistan" reported.
A 50-kilometer plot near a gas compressor station Shatlyk has been researched. "Engineers, geologists, surveyors, planners and other specialists of the Institute will have to justify the location of a future many kilometer-gas pipeline to collect the necessary data for the design and construction of transmission infrastructure," the article said.
The capacity of the system "East - West" is 30 billion cubic meters of gas a year. The pipeline with a diameter of 1,420 millimeters and a length of more than 800 kilometers will be constructed from a gas compressor station Shatlyk, located in Mary province, to a gas compressor station Belek in Balkan province.
It is necessary to build a gas pipeline and create well-developed infrastructure, capable to manage and control the flow during five years. Builders of the transmission system will have to overcome difficult terrain, build referrals, eight compressor stations and other industrial facilities.
One of the main challenges of the interregional gas transportation system "East - West" created by Turkmenistan is to diversify export of natural gas supplies to the world markets.
The eastern fields will be the main feedstock for the gas pipeline "East-West". According to the information confirmed by the audit study of international expert company Gaffney, Cline & Associates, reserves of "Southern Eloten Osman" are 4 according to a low assessment, and 16 trillion cubic meters of gas, according to a high assessment. The audit of "Yashlar" resources also showed that the volume of gas reserves at this deposit is estimated from 0,25-1,5 trillion cubic meters. These gas-bearing areas rank fourth or fifth places in the world.