Turkmenistan launches construction of western part of East-West gas pipeline
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, March 1 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Constructing of facilities of the main gas pipeline East-West - stretching from the country's largest fields east of the country - was launched in the Balkan province (region), the western region of Turkmenistan, Turkmen media reported.
Constructing of the gas pipeline East-West, with the length of nearly 1,000 miles, will connect all gas main lines - export and domestic - into a single ring. The estimated cost of construction of the pipeline is more than $2 billion.
Local specialists are involved in a full range of design and survey work for the construction of the western section of the main East-West gas pipeline, with the length of 320 kilometers from Serdar to Belek. Three gas-compressor stations will be built in Serdar, Gumdag and Belek.
At this stage, geotechnical and topographical work was completed on the segment Belek-Gumdag with the length of 112 kilometers.
This pipeline is planned to be commissioned by mid-2015. The project was launched on May 31, 2010, in the territory of the Shatlik gas-compressor station in the Mary region east of the country.
State concerns Turkmengaz and Turkmennebitgazgurlushik deal with laying of the pipeline with capacity of 30 billion cubic meters a year.