270 billion cubic meters of natural gas was supplied to the Middle Kingdom via the Central Asia-China gas pipeline since it was commissioned in 2009. Reported by China Daily
The pipeline passes through the territory of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. Currently, its capacity is up to 55 billion cubic meters per year. About 35 billion cubic meters of this amount comes from Turkmenistan.
Bloomberg Intelligence data show that China’s dependence on gas imports will increase from 57% in 2017 to 75% in 2020. It is also expected that by 2020 pipeline gas imports from Central Asia and Russia to China will reach 85 billion cubic meters. Most of this amount will also come from Turkmenistan.
According to the Gas 2019 report of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Turkmenistan will be the largest exporter of pipeline gas to China with annual deliveries of more than 45 billion cubic meters by 2024.
The Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline, built on the initiative of Ashgabat, is a key gas export destination in Central Asia. Currently, this gas pipeline consists of three lines (A, B and C), which deliver gas from the Turkmen-Uzbek border to China via Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The total length of the pipeline connecting Turkmenistan with 15 provinces of China is more than 9 thousand kilometers. This is one of the largest pipeline projects in the world.
Turkmenistan ranks fourth in the world in natural gas reserves after Russia, Iran and Qatar.