August 29, 2008

Chinese Firm Seeks to Ensure Turkmen Gas Supplies By 2009 – Paper

China's CNPC oil and gas corporation is carrying out intensive work in eastern Turkmenistan to ensure that gas is exported to China from Turkmenistan as early as in 2009, says journalist Wladimir Komarow.

In an article published in the Neytralnyy Turkmenistan daily on 27 August, the author says that as of next year, some 30bn cu.m. of Turkmen gas will be sent to China annually from Turkmenistan's Bagtyyarlyk contract area situated close to Uzbekistan's border.

Dwelling on the background of the gas deal with China, the author says that last year, the Turkmen president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, authorised the CNPC to carry out the necessary work to obtain natural gas in Turkmenistan's eastern Bagtyyarlyk area for further export to China.

"It took many years of prospecting and exploration work to discover gas-rich fields of Samandrepe and Altyn Asyr with estimated reserves of 1,300bn cu.m. of natural gas, as well as on the right side of the Amu Darya river, in the Bagtyyarlyk contract area," Komarow says, adding that at present CNPC International- Turkmenistan, the CNPC's subsidiary, is carrying out exploratory and development work there.

"The schedule of the exploratory work is very strict and gas transit to China should start as early as in 2009," the article says. "Of 30bn cu.m. of gas to be exported to China, some 17bn cu.m will be obtained from the areas currently being developed by the CNPC and the remaining 13bn cu.m. will be supplied from other deposits in exchange for gas processing and purifying facilities to be constructed there by the Chinese side."

(The item ran to about 450 words; no further processing is planned)

Originally published by Neytralnyy Turkmenistan, Asgabat, in Russian 27 Aug 08 p 2.

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