Turkmenistan to commission East-West Gas Pipeline by late 2015
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Nov. 17
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:
East-West Gas Pipeline will be commissioned in Turkmenistan in Dec. 2015, according to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov's address to the participants of the Oil and Gas of Turkmenistan Conference, which kicked off in Ashgabat Nov. 17.
Berdimuhamedov said in his address that the political and economic capabilities of Turkmenistan will increase with the commissioning of this pipeline.
The pipeline, which is to run between the cities of Shatlyk and Belek, is designed to deliver gas from largest deposits in Turkmenistan's eastern parts to other gas pipelines in the country, thus increasing volumes and safety of gas exports, and also serving for domestic gas supplies.
The pipeline, which is to be 773 kilometers long, will have a capacity of 30 billion cubic meters of gas annually.
Galkynysh - Turkmenistan's largest gas field - will serve as the main source for the East-West Gas Pipeline.
The pipeline can also be used to deliver Turkmen gas to Europe. The most optimal way to do this is to construct a 300-km long gas pipeline across the Caspian Sea to the coast of Azerbaijan, which can play a role of transit country for delivering Turkmen gas to Turkey, and from there to markets in Europe.