Interest in building the 4th gas pipeline to China has increased in Central Asia
In the Central Asian region, interest in the construction of the fourth branch (line D) of the Central Asia-China gas pipeline has recently increased significantly. A few days ago, ORIENT, with reference to regional media, reported that construction of the first tunnel of the 4th branch of this pipeline is being completed in Tajikistan.
And now a message has come from Uzbekistan that Uzbekneftegaz, together with a delegation from the Chinese company for exploration and development of oil and gas fields CNODC, discussed the possibility of speeding up the construction of the D-pipeline of the Central Asia-China gas pipeline. This was reported by the press service of “Uzbekneftegaz”.
According to the report, during the meeting, the volume of Uzbek gas supplies on this line was discussed. Earlier, Uzbekneftegaz reported that preparations are underway for the construction of the Uzbek section of the D pipeline of the Central Asia-China gas pipeline, and this work is being done jointly with the Chinese corporation CNPC.
Line D of the Central Asia-China gas pipeline, with a total length of about one thousand kilometers, does not repeat the route of the three previous lines. It will pass through the territory of five countries – Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China.
Of course, mainly the construction of the fourth line of the Central Asia-China gas pipeline is of interest to gas exporters, such as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
At present, through the three operating branches of the gas main to the gas market of the Middle Kingdom, 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas is annually supplied, about 35 billion of which come from Turkmenistan. With the construction of line D, it is planned to increase the annual volume of gas supplied from Central Asia to the PRC to 85 billion cubic meters.
At the same time, the fourth line is also very profitable for Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, who, with the launch of this branch, become transit countries. They, as consumers of gas, will receive direct gas supplies for their consumers, as well as payments for the transit of fuel through their territory.