Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Nov. 9
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend: The East-West gas pipeline, which is one of the most important objects of Turkmenistan, is being rapidly constructed, the Turkmen Ministry of Oil & Gas Industry and Mineral Resources said today.
"Currently, the intensive work is being conducted in the sections of Belek-Gumdag, Bereket Gumdag, Bami-Archman-Baharli, Ashgabat-Baharli," a statement said.
An issue on the construction of the 'East-West' gas pipeline with a capacity of 30 billion cubic meters per year which will connect the eastern part of Turkmenistan with the Caspian region, is regularly discussed at the government meetings.
Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov focused the attention on the need to accelerate the construction of the pipeline which should improve the reliability of the gas supply of new industrial facilities put into operation in various industrial fields.
"The implementation of the project is of great importance from the point of view of increasing exports of Turkmen energy resources to the world markets," the Turkmen leader said.
Seven gas compressor stations and other infrastructure facilities will be built along the gas pipeline and the project documentation of these facilities is being carrying out. All operations are planned to be completed in 2015.
The construction and installation work on the gas pipeline route running to around 770 kilometres is being carried out by units of Turkmengaz and Turkmennebitgazgurlushyk (Turkmenneftegazstroy) state concerns.
The implementation of the project worth more than $2 billion was launched in Turkmenistan in 2010. The pipeline which is being built from the gas crimping installation at the Shatlyk station in Mary province will ultimately connect the large oil deposits in the east of the country with the western regions.
While stretching through the Mary, Akhal and Balkan provinces, the Belek facility in the Balkan velayat will be its final destination. The new factories, power plants and other enterprises are planned to be constructed along the gas pipeline in Turkmenistan.
Significant volume of gas is required for the dynamic development of the energy sector of the country, including the electrification of the extended distance from Shatlyk to Belek.
The 'East-West' gas pipeline will contribute to the entire formation of providing a steel plant in Ruhabat, a textile complex, enterprises producing construction materials and industrial facilities in Abadan with gas.