June 27, 2008

Turkmenistan to Supply Gas to China Starting From 2009 – Leader

Excerpt from report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS

Asgabat, 27 June: In 2009 Turkmenistan will transport natural gas from the right bank of the Amu Darya [river] to China via Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the president of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, said in his welcoming message today to participants in the construction of a gas processing facility at the Samandepe field [in eastern Turkmenistan].

It is located on the right bank of the Amu Darya and is in the Bagtyyarlyk contract area under a production sharing agreement with the China National Petroleum Corporation. The future gas pipeline [to China] will begin precisely from this place.

"The diversification of energy transportation routes to world markets is one of the priority areas of the realization of the country's resource potential," the president said in his message. According to independent foreign experts' estimates, our [country's] gas reserves total 24,600bn cu.m., the head of state added.

According to information from the State Agency for the Management and Use of Hydrocarbon Resources under the president of Turkmenistan, the cost of the 1,818-km Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline will exceed 6.7bn dollars. Over 500m dollars has already been attracted for development projects in the Bagtyyarlyk contract area.

[Passage omitted: background information on the pipeline]

Originally published by ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow, in Russian 0817 27 Jun 08.

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