New 10,000 km pipeline China to Central Asia

Central Asia will start meeting a good part of China’s energy demand from 2010 end when the first stage of a massive 10,000-km long gas pipeline becomes operational. The pipeline will bring over 15 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Kazakhstan. The pipeline is expected to fuel the government’s plans for western area development by bringing in Caspian Sea gas supplies to the relatively backward Xinjiang region. The pipeline runs from Turkmenistan and passes through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. This is the fourth international oil and gas pipeline linking China besides the Sino- Myanmar oil and gas pipelines, the China- Pakistan crude pipeline and the Sino- Russian oil pipeline. The project capacity of the Central Asian pipeline is expected to double from 15 billion cubic meters in 2010 end to 30 billion cubic meters by the end of 2011. The supplies will initially come from the first part of the project, which is the 1,300-km stretch in the Sino- Kazakh section. This section was completed earlier this year, and the China National Petroleum Corp, the Chinese partner in the pipeline, has received about two billion cubic meters of gas by mid-July. The project, being implemented in five stages, is scheduled for completion by 2013. “Central Asian countries will play an important role in China’s overseas energy strategy,” Shi Dan, head of the energy research center under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences was quoted in the official media as saying. “And the pipeline is part of China’s attempts to secure more energy sources worldwide.” Natural gas is expected to play a bigger role in China’s energy mix growing from the present level of 3.9 per cent to 10% of the country’s primary energy consumption by 2020, according to Zhou Jiping, vice-president of China National Petroleum. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said last year, “This is a grand construction project that will, in time, resurrect the ancient Silk Road”. Negotiations for the project started with Central Asian countries in 2003 and construction began in 2007. ((20 SEP 2010))




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