Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, May 25 / Trend H.Hasanov /
The East-West Pipeline, whose construction is carried out in Turkmenistan at an accelerated pace, will create opportunities for multiple deliveries of natural gas to the world markets, Turkmen President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov said in his address to participants of the International "Turkmenistan Gas Congress-2011" opened in the Caspian resort area "Avaza" on Wednesday.
The pipeline will provide consumers with fuel domestically, and create additional opportunities for further diversification of export gas supplies to major international markets, including the European direction.
Earlier the Turkmen sources reported that 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.
The State Concerns Turkmengaz and Turkmennebitgazgurlushik deal with laying of the pipeline with capacity of 30 billion cubic meters a year.
The biggest fields with enormous proven reserves of natural gas are located on the territory of the Mary province. They are Dovletabat, Malay, Yashlar, and the unique South Yoloten Osman Field. According to the latest estimates of the Turkmen geologists, it has more than 21 trillion cubic meters of gas.
Seven powerful gas compressor stations will be built for clear and uninterrupted operation of new gas transmission pipeline, which will run through three provinces. The estimated cost of construction of the pipeline is more than $2 billion. The necessary work was conducted. All the conditions were taken into account.