Kazakhstan is planning to increase gas supplies to China
Kazakhstan is planning to increase gas supplies to China. The oil and gas corporations of the two countries agreed on the export increase by 10 billion cubic meters per year. The officials of the two countries also intend to further develop the gas transportation infrastructure, modernize and expand the capacity of existing gas pipelines. In particular, the parties agreed to increase the throughput capacity of the A and B gas lines of the Kazakhstan-China gas trunk line. This will be achieved by the end of 2019. At the end of last year, the capacity of the gas pipeline was increased due to the launch of a new compressor station which is the second of eight planned compressor stations. The first compressor station was launched into operation late November last year. The countries plan to build new complexes as part of the Beineu-Bozoi-Shymkent project. The main goal of the stations is to ensure transit of Central Asian fuel to China and the uninterrupted supply to residents of Kazakhstan.
KAIRAT OSPANKULOV, COORDINATOR, ASIAN GAS PIPELINE:
- The Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline passes generally via four countries, specifically, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. It covers areas of the Kazakh territory, namely the South Kazakhstan region and the Zhambyl region.
According to the results of 2017, the total volume of gas imported by China from Central Asian countries grew by more than 13% comparing to 2016 and reached 38 billion 700 million cubic meters.