Supplies of blue fuel via the Central Asia-China gas pipeline increased by 13% in 2017 and amounted to more than 38 billion cubic meters. According to the energy department, Kazakhstan and China reached a single agreement that the supplies of natural gas to China will be increased to 10 billion cubic meters by the end of 2019. The gas pipeline passes through the territory of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and reaches the end point which is the Khorgos city in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The first line was put into operation in 2009. To date, there are already 3 lines operating with total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year. It is expected that by 2020 the demand for gas in China will increase to 340 billion cubic meters and of which nearly 120 billion will be imported.

YERKYN KURCHATOV, DEPUTY CEO, ASIA GAS PIPELINE:

- The Asian Gas Pipeline project is a classic example of mutually beneficial cooperation between Kazakhstan and China. Our project brings economic and social benefits to Kazakhstan. This project contributes to friendship of peoples of the two countries and to implementation of the One Belt and One Road initiative.

YU JUI CHENG, STAFF, MANAGEMENT OF KHORGOS CHECKPOINT:

 - We, as a controlling body, should adhere to the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China and we will simplify customs procedures to ensure the timely supply of energy to our country.

The Central Asian countries supply at least 15% of the total volume of natural gas consumed annually in China.

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