Ashgabat hosts joint meeting on Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline

Oil&Gas Materials 7 September 2011 13:35

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Sept. 7 / Trend H. Hasanov /

Ashgabat hosts the fifth meeting of the coordinating committee on the "Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan - Kazakhstan - China" gas pipeline. The meeting will run until September 8.

The meeting aims to reveal priority aspects of the current state of the gas pipeline, the Turkmen Oil and Gas Ministry said.

The protocol is planned to be signed after the meeting.

Representatives of the Turkmen and Chinese sides attended the meeting and made reports on the current status of transnational communication. In particular, the representatives of the "Turkmengaz" state concern, Director General of China National Petroleum Corporation "International" (Turkmenistan), representatives of the "Beijing coordination center," CNPCIT, "Asia Trans Gas, Ltd., " and "Asian Gas Pipeline" companies were among the participants.

The meeting presented a monthly plan for natural gas transportation for 2012, a schedule of technical operations and repairs, and the current state of construction of facilities along the international gas pipeline.

The participants were acquainted with the gas pipeline's safety regulations.
The meeting will be held on specific topics:

1. Change or additional signing of a gas supply contract.

2. Coordination between the three compressor stations on the Turkmen - Uzbek border.

Turkmen gas was first exported to the Chinese market by commissioning the international gas pipeline passing through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in 2009. The pipeline was built by the Chinese company CNPC. It has a license to produce raw materials on the right bank of the Amu Darya.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov plans to pay an official visit to Beijing by late 2011. The agreement will be signed to increase Turkmen fuel supplies.