ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Jan. 7
By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:
As of Dec. 31, 2019, 294.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas were imported to China via China-Central Asia Gas Pipeline, PetroChina West Pipeline Company said, Trend reports referring to Xinhua news agency.
This benefited over 500 million people in 27 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions, and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the report said.
The natural gas imports via the pipeline account for more than 15 percent of China’s total consumption in the same period.
The China-Central Asia Gas Pipeline delivered over 47.9 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China in 2019, according to the report, while Turkmenistan planned to supply China with about 40 billion cubic meters of gas in 2019.
The gas pipeline was commissioned in 2009. With a length of 1,800 kilometers, it is the biggest cross-border gas pipeline in the world.
Turkmenistan ranks fourth in the world in terms of gas reserves, and China is the biggest consumer of energy resources.
The gas pipeline route passes through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The fourth gas pipeline branch is planned to be built through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The volumes of the exported gas will increase after the construction of the branch.
Ultimately, the volumes are planned to be brought up to 65 billion cubic meters of gas a year.