Construction of another gas pipeline branch from Turkmenistan to China via Tajikistan will begin in the near future, said Turkmenistan President Gurbangulu Berdymohammadov after the meeting with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon during his visit to Dushanbe on May 5-6, 2014.
Turkmen President said that construction of a new branch of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline, which will pass through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, will start soon, reported state Turkmen news service.
It was reported in mid-March that CNPC corporation and Tajiktransgas company have signed the agreement to build the fourth gas pipeline branch to transport Turkmenistan gas to China. The three previous branches of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline pass through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
The Turkmenistan gas deliveries started in 2009. By early November 2013 total volume of gas delivered to China via two branches of the pipeline reached 69 billion cub.m.
The Central Asian gas pipeline is the first trans-border gas pipeline in China and it is important for satisfying the country’s need in natural gas and regulation of the energy structure.