During the first half of 2020, the Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline transported over 19 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China. This is reported by the Xinhua News Agency. A total of 316 billion cubic meters of natural gas has been pumped through this main pipeline, which has been operated by PetroChina West Pipeline Company during ten years.
Xinhua emphasizes that Central Asian gas benefits to 500 million Chinese residents, including residents of the Hong Kong special administrative region (SAR).
The gas pipeline runs from the border of Turkmenistan, passes through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, then connects to the Chinese West-East gas pipeline in Khorgos, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region.
“The total length of the gas pipeline is 1,833 km, it is designed for annual gas pumping in the amount of 60 billion cubic meters,” reports the message.
Turkmenistan accounts for most of the Central Asian natural gas, supplied to China. In fact, Ashgabat was the initiator of the construction of the Central Asia-China gas pipeline, which was launched in December 2009. Despite the growing share of LNG in the world and Chinese gas markets, Turkmenistan remains the leader in supplying pipeline natural gas to China. As it was previously reported by foreign media, in 2019, the Turkmengaz State Concern delivered 31.2 billion cubic meters of gas to China, and in April 2020, the supply level was 69 million cubic meters per day. In addition, according to the latest data, in June, the volume of Turkmen natural gas supplied to China amounted to about 2 billion cubic meters.