China, Kazakhstan Complete First Stage of New Gas Pipeline
China National Petroleum Corp said Monday the first stage of a new natural gas pipeline in Kazakhstan has been completed.
A ceremony was held on Saturday to mark the completion of the Bozoy-Shymkent segment of the line in the Kazakh capital of Astana during Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s visit to the Central Asian country, CNPC said.
“The pipeline project has successfully completed the first stage and is now preparing to transmit gas,” CNPC said.
China and Kazakhstan signed an agreement to develop the gas pipeline in August 2007 and a year later CNPC and state-owned KazMunaiGaz formed a joint venture for the construction and operation of the project.
The new Kazakh pipeline will have capacity of 10 billion cubic meters/year but this can be expanded to 15 Bcm/year, depending on demand and supply conditions, CNPC said.
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