Volumes of Turkmen gas supplies to China announced
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Jan. 8
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:
The total volume of Turkmen gas delivered to China by early 2014 amounted to 70 billion cubic meters, according to the Chinese media.
"As of December 25, 2013, the total amount of natural gas supplies to China through Horgos (Sino-Kazakh border) by the Central Asia-China pipeline reached 70 billion cubic meters," Xinhua news agency reported.
According to the report, on May 28, 2011, the total volume of gas delivered by the pipeline to China exceeded 10 billion cubic meters, on April 13, 2013, it reached 50 billion cubic meters and on August 21, 2013, 60 billion cubic meters.
The Central Asia-China gas pipeline is the first cross-border gas pipeline in China with a length of 1833 kilometres.
China began to receive Turkmen gas in 2009 after commissioning of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan which gave the opportunity to bring the volume of Turkmen gas supplied to China to 40 billion cubic meters per year.
In September 2013 it was reported that Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was on a visit to Ashgabat, agreed on a fourth route of the transnational Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline via Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, which is to be commissioned in late 2016.
This corresponds to an agreement between Ashgabat and Beijing to supply an additional 25 billion cubic meters of Turkmen gas per year which will give an opportunity to bring the total volume to 65 billion cubic meters.
Translated by M.L.
Edited by S.M.