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Kyrgyzstan intends to accelerate project of Turkmen gas transit to China

21 March 2019 , 12:06Neftegaz.RU1073

Bishkek, March 21 - Neftegaz.RU. Kyrgyzstan will have to step up work on the construction of the Turkmenistan-Kyrgyzstan-China gas pipeline, Trend reports referring to the statement by Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, published by the Kyrgyz presidential administration’s press service.


«It is of great importance to use all the capabilities of Turkmenistan in the fields of fuel and energy, as well as the field of investment,» as stated by the president. It was reported earlier that the construction of the 4th branch «D» of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline via Kyrgyzstan is scheduled to commence by late 2019.


The State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of Kyrgyzstan reported that, with an estimated cost of $1.2 billion over this segment of the pipeline, the project will have a 3-year implementation period. Overall, the new branch D is intended for the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan-China route.


At present, 3 branches of the pipeline on the route Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China (branches A, B, C) have been built and functioning. They are to supply 40 billion m3 of gas per year altogether.


The agreement on the construction of the 4rth branch D of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline was signed during the talks between the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Gen. Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping in September 2013.


The additional branch's rate of flow is expected to be 25 billion m3 of gas, which will allow Turkmenistan to bring the volume of its gas exports to China to 65 billion m3 annually.


It was earlier reported that, as of December 2018, more than 250 billion m3 of Turkmen gas had been exported to China since December 2009. The deposits of Bagtyyarlyk and Galkynysh in Turkmenistan are used as sources for raw materials.


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